Theresa May’s Brexit Deal receives a cold reaction

European Chief Negotiator on Brexit Michel Barnier and President of the European Council Donald Tusk support May's Brexit plan.

By Lynn Rusk

Edinburgh students do not welcome Theresa May’s Brexit deal, which received the thumbs up from Donald Tusk in Brussels at the weekend.

The Prime Minister’s 599 page Withdrawal Agreement introduces a new skills based immigration system which ends free movement, a free trade area with the EU for goods including a ‘soft border’ for Northern Ireland and the end of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK meaning Britain controls their own laws.

This deal was signed by the other 27 EU nations in just 38 minutes in Brussels but at least 80 Tories have publicly vowed to vote it down and DUP leader Arlene Foster said she would not back the deal which could leave Northern Ireland bound by single market rules when the rest of the UK is not.

The UK Parliament will vote on Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement between December 10 and 15.

If the deal is rejected by parliament the Prime Minister may be forced out by her own MPs, leaving the government in chaos, and the fate of Brexit uncertain.

If May’s successor is a hard line Brexiteer they could threaten the EU with a no-deal Brexit, while a Remainer could re-open a second referendum.

Edinburgh Napier students share their opinions on May’s Brexit deal.

Daniel Yeats, an engineering student said: “I don’t think Brexit should have happened in the first place to be honest with you. I don’t think it’s going to go through. It’s an uncertain time for the UK so I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Alberto, a student from Spain commented: “I think it’s a mistake not just for me or the foreign people but for British people also; for import and export it’s not going to be as easy and as Great Britain is an island it’s going to make things more difficult for people.”

His fellow student Jason added: “I don’t think it will go through the government, the rest of the Tory party and DUP will vote it down. I don’t see Brexit happening soon but eventually it might happen and it will lead to the end of the UK if it does happen.”

With the British government in such a unsettled state, citizens should expect more uncertainty over the next few months.