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‘No deal’ Brexit is not a valid option

“No deal” has become the punter’s choice but what does it mean?

I had believed that the vast majority of UK MPs looked after the interests of their constituents at the same time as making decisions that were in the best interests of the nation.

But recent times have demonstrated that the House of Commons is populated by a small number of well-intentioned members surrounded by a mixture of serial liars, charlatans and self-serving individuals, with their own financial or political gains being their objectives.

The language has also changed. With all the rhetoric of Brexit, we have been introduced to phrases such as “soft Brexit”, “hard Brexit”, “Norway Option” and “no deal”, a phrase I believe was coined by the former PM herself. It was a phrase previously only used by second-hand car dealers, or by game-show hosts.

“No deal” has become the punter’s choice but what does it mean? Quite simply, it is a plan to leave the EU without any form of written agreement as to any future relationship, and refusing to honour any political and financial obligations that we currently owe to the EU. A total and absolute termination of the UK’s membership of the EU.

In February 2016, a government document, The Process for Withdrawing from the European Union, was issued to all MPs, in which they were informed that should the nation choose to leave, then the only way to do so was in accordance with Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which demands a formal written agreement, approved and ratified by all member states of the EU, including the UK.

To do otherwise would be to contravene European law and be a breach of an international treaty. This same document warns that leaving without a formal agreement would create a hostile relationship between the UK and the EU, with whom the UK government would wish to enter into future trade agreements, to compensate for the loss of access to the EU market and to those countries with whom the UK has, until Brexit, EU-brokered trade agreements.

Having established a worldwide reputation for “ratting” on a treaty made with 27 of our European friends, who will trust the UK to honour any treaty in the future?

The UK is led by a PM, a cabinet and many MPs who are either promoting or are supporting the action of breaking international law by leaving with no deal.

If our leaders are so willing to break the law, how can these same politicians expect their citizens to respect and obey the laws that these same politicians have forced upon the nation?

KR Mousdale, Le Tallud

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