Berkshire for Europe is hosting an exciting discussion on the Brexit negotiations.
The choices being made this month could determine the future for a generation. Do you agree that it is time for the people to have a final say (People's Vote)?
A deal with the EU was supposed to be the easiest in history. Now it is clear that will not be the case. There is no easy deal and, up against the final deadline we still don’t know which option we will end up with.
Even when the divorce ‘deal’ is agreed, that won’t be the end of it. The EU Withdrawal Agreement only deals with three things – EU citizens rights, the Irish border, and the final bill. A trade deal with the EU will follow in a second round, and it is becoming apparent how this could take many years.
The alternative is that we leave the EU with no deal. The government’s own advice is stark – affecting jobs, flights, food supplies, medicines, and even driving licences and mobile phones. We now know for certain, we will be in the longer passport queue at the EU border. Already, the NHS is struggling to recruit staff from the EU. A no deal would mean cosying up to the United States, and from what we know, it will mean lowering our standards and put the NHS at risk.