• Mariam Gevorkian

May's 2nd attempt of selling her Brexit deal

After the disastrous events that followed last week after May had released her draft Brexit withdrawal agreement, she attempted to re-sell her deal at the Confederation of Business Conference on Monday morning. Her speech voiced a new focus on her deal as she aimed to give light on how the deal will immensely benefit the business sector of the UK.

However is Mays new focus on immigration enough to win over Parliament? Two of the Prime Minister's cabinet ministers resigned last week over the deal which is not a promising start to any agreement being introduced, especially considering this is only the beginning of negotiations and talks. Meanwhile May's leadership of the Conservative Party also continues to gain pessimism, with critics claiming that even Boris Johnson would be a better leader. There is a growing storm of censure from her own party as well as Labour over the U.K remaining in the customs union with the EU which would entail the U.K to continue to accept EU regulations in terms of trading.

One of the major concerns of European membership was that EU Law resides over national law. This means that by being part of the EU we are unable to exercise our own policies and put in place our own laws towards key issues such as immigration and border control. May proved that this concern was her top focus as she addressed the fact that her deal will prevent EU migrants from "jumping the queue". She elaborated on her deal further, claiming that the UK will exercise full control of its borders and only accept the "brightest and talented" migrants into the country. May claims that this will provide businesses with higher skilled professionals and also improve students experiences in education as it will create more jobs as well as help the education system with supply of teachers.

The question remains whether her newly focussed and re-strategised deal will even be effective. What makes May think that the UK would be an attractive place for the "brightest and talented" migrants to re-locate to? Surely with countries that are in the EU already would offer a more suitable place for professionals to reside? With the Schengen Agreement enabling the Free Movement Act in European countries, the U.K may be perceived as limited in fulfilling the travelling requirements professionals may need.