Politicians of all persuasions are quick to criticise the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement, but we’ve yet to see their perfect alternative plans, says Chris Dodds, executive secretary at the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association.
Deal or no deal? This is the question.
There is little doubt that the deal negotiated by Theresa May over the past 18 months with the EU is many times better than a no-deal scenario.
This situation would be catastrophic for the UK, resulting in us crashing out and being forced to trade under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
Over the preceding months, I have heard most politicians state that no deal would be the worst possible negotiating outcome.
However, we now see politicians from all corners of the UK condemning the deal our Prime Minister has struck with the EU, risking a no-deal outcome if we take it back to the negotiating table.
Everyone wants and needs a deal, and we now have a deal on the table, but the opposition bench and others want more – appearing not able or willing to bring to the table their perfect workable position.
Leaving the EU was never going to be easy and realistically any deal agreed could not be perfect for everyone.
But surely the time has come for politicians to pull together, ensuring the UK and especially UK agriculture create the best possible outcomes for our industry from the deal on the table, instead of bickering and splitting the country apart.
Those politicians we have seen condemning the position that Theresa May has managed to agree with the EU appear reluctant to provide detail of their ‘perfect’ negotiating position and content to let the world believe the UK cannot come together to find the best outcome for its population.
I believe most UK businesses now need to know where they stand and what they need to do to remain competitive in the world market, allowing them to invest and grow.
Until this position is agreed by the UK parliament, no-one can move forward and be confident in their future business sustainability.
The opportunity to do this is on the table and we need to embrace it and make it work for us.
As a country we need to be positive, pull together and show the world that although we are leaving the EU, we are open for business.
We must accept that compromises are necessary on all sides and that a perfect outcome is unrealistic and unachievable.