Even though the mainstream media would have you believe that MP’s prevented the UK leaving the EU on 29th March 2019, that is pure propaganda. The fact is, it was in Theresa May’s power to leave the EU on the “exit day”. That was the law and MP’s cannot change the law. However, the propaganda covers Theresa May’s intention to provide exactly what large multi-national corporations required, namely that the UK remain in a Customs Union with the EU to protect their trade. Trade between the UK and the EU is largely automotive and food. Germany alone exports £50 billion worth of vehicles to the UK each year, making the UK the largest market for their products (the USA being second). The UK exports millions of car engines to the EU each year. This trade is actually doomed to fail eventually as more countries follow the UK’s lead and ban fossil fuel from their energy mix. The future of fossil fuel transport is bleak, so it is vital that automakers make as much profit from their existing markets, while they still can.
So Theresa May tried to compromise to please all.
The backstop was brilliant as it trapped the UK in a Customs Union until the industrialists lobbying the EU decided the Customs Union was no longer useful. The UK has no unilateral exit from the backstop, which suits the EU perfectly. Just to be clear though, the UK has made no agreement with The Republic of Ireland to ensure an open border between ROI and Northern Ireland. That, again is pure propaganda.
The Withdrawal Agreement also stops free movement of people. Theresa May thought this would be enough to sell it to the people of the UK and their representatives. Her frustration, like a child at playschool to be honest, was plain to see every time she tried to get her deal through the commons. She had stopped free movement and provided a permanent customs union, what more did people want?
Well, her statement that the Withdrawal Agreement allowed an independent trade policy for the UK was just a blatant lie. In a Customs Union, trade deals could be made with nations outside the EU, but, any nation that has a free trade agreement with the EU can export their goods into the UK tariff free, if they arrive in the EU first, e.g. Rotterdam. So, why would Japan do a free trade deal with the UK, eliminating tariffs for UK imports into Japan, when Japan can already export to UK tariff free. This was the problem that Turkey woke up to when the EU was negotiating a trade deal with the USA. Turkey realised that the tariffs they levied on goods from the USA (billions in fact) would be lost once the USA exported to Turkey via the EU/Turkey Customs Union. No advantage whatsoever for Turkey in that deal.
The Withdrawal Agreement also puts the European Court of Justice in the driving seat with regard to UK law, and, there is also the small matter of EU law being written to UK statute without any UK representation whatsoever. £39 billion?
The Withdrawal Agreement was exactly what Theresa May and her Government wanted. It wasn’t foisted on them. They gladly agreed to everything the EU wanted, because that is what their sponsors, large multi-national corporations, wanted. The level of corruption here is plain for anyone to see.
In order to gain the trust of the UK electorate, the Withdrawal Agreement must now be burned on live TV (the BBC in fact). To pursue this lunatic deal is to request annihilation at the next election. Theresa May has gone, but her deal still lingers on.