The EU Withdrawal Agreement
The Full Brexit is not a political party and as such its contributors take different views, including of the Withdrawal Agreements negotiated by the May and Johnson governments. Here we provide summaries of the Agreements, and debate over whether to accept them.
Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement
Lee Jones argues that, given Britain’s political malaise, Johnson’s revised Withdrawal Agreement is the best that can be reasonably expected. It offers substantial improvements over Theresa May’s deal by limiting the EU’s future powers over Great Britain – though not Northern Ireland – and by minimising restrictions on democratic political decision-making. Political wrangling should now shift to the future relationship, where there is all to play for. But if parliamentary deadlock persists, a disastrous second referendum could be inevitable.
Costas Lapavitsas analyses Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement from the perspective of British capital and the left. Business interests prefer it to no deal. For the left, it offers reduced constraints on future socialist policies, but only if the future UK-EU relationship is not based on neoliberal lines. The Political Declaration threatens precisely this, so Labour should amend it to favour the left.
The Withdrawal Agreement between Boris Johnson and the European Union agreed this month is not Brexit, argues James Heartfield. On the contrary, the agreement ties us into the neoliberal policies of the European Union at the expense of Britain’s democratic self-government. No deal remains the best way to take back control.