Actually, that is an extremely bad idea. The First Past the Post voting system used in the UK suffers from something called the Spoiler Effect. This means that every vote for this new Party will strengthen the most politically opposed party (i.e. the Tories). Basically punishing voters that dare to vote a different option, thereby disenfranchising the political system in the future. Many observers think that this was one of the main causes for Brexit, the people didn’t vote against the EU (which they had little to no understand of), they voted against their own political elite.
Things are going OK, right? We’ve got that first-phase agreement. Next they’ll talk transition and then a trade deal. Maybe everything’s going to be alright.
Hah, you poor fool. No, we’re still screwed. Take a closer look at that first-phase agreement. […]
The problem lies in Section 49, which you can read here. […]
Why don’t you summarise it for me instead.
It pledges there will be no hard border between North and South Ireland. There are three stages to preventing it. First through the “overall EU-UK relationship”. If that fails, through “specific solutions”. And if that fails, through “full alignment” on the rules of the single market and customs union.
But just for Northern Ireland?
No, the deal also rules out a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, so any regulatory alignment here counts for all of us.
What’s the problem?
The first stage is impossible by virtue of government policy, the second stage is impossible by virtue of objective reality and the third stage just makes no sense at all.
… and remember, this agreement is legally binding!