Eleven Brexit promises the government quietly dropped

As we reportd from theguardian.com

1
Promise
Brexit will be easy, and have no downsides Brexit will be easy, and have no downs
Reality
David Davis now says: ‘Nobody has ever pretended this will be easy. I have always said this negotiation will be tough, complex and at times confrontational’

2
Promise
Trade talks would take place in parallel with divorce talks Trade talks would take place in parallel with divorce talks
Reality
Davis caved in on the first day of talks on 19 June 2017

3
Promise
The UK did not need a transition deal and would not be subject to EU rules or budgets during one The UK did not need a transition deal and would not be subject to EU rules or budgets during one
Reality
The UK will have to abide by all EU rules and regulations including those agreed by members states during the 21-month transition

4
Promise
The transition serves merely to implement the final trade deal, which would be agreed by Brexit day The transition serves merely to implement the final trade deal, which would be agreed by Brexit day
Reality
The transition period will be used to negotiate (as much as possible) of the future relationship, not to implement a relationship that is already agreed

5
Promise
The transition would be short but open-ended The transition would be sh
Reality
The period is fixed at 21 months, with no easy way to extend it
This merely postpones the regulatory cliff edge business is desperate to avoid until December 2020. Even this measure of stability is uncertain, since the transition period could be rescinded if there is not wider agreement this autumn.

6
Promise
The UK would owe no money to the EU after it left in March 2019 The UK would owe no money to the EU after it left in March 2019
Reality
UK told EU in November 2017 that it was ready to honour its share of all financial commitments made while it was a member of the bloc, estimated at €40bn to €45bn, through the transition period

7
Promise
A raft of new trade deals would be ready on 29 March 2019
Reality
Britain has won the right to negotiate deals with third countries during the transition period (not before) but they cannot be implemented until after December 2020

8
Promise
A high-tech customs solution would make frictionless borders simple
Reality
Theresa May now concedes customs arrangements are difficult and will take time to set up

9
Promise
Free movement would come to an end on 29 March 2019; any EU citizens arriving after that date would be subject to a different immigration regime Free movement would come to an end on 29 March 2019; any EU citizens arriving after that date would be subject to a different immigration regime
Reality
Free movement continues, the only difference being a registration system for newcomers

10
Promise
There would be no role for the European court of justice in Britain after Brexit day There would be no role for the Eu There would be no role for the European court of justice in Britain after Brexit day
Reality
The ECJ will have full jurisdiction during the transition period and the ECJ interpretation of relevant civil rights laws are likely to hold thereafter

11
Promise
Britain will take back control of its fisheries after Brexit
Reality
The EU will have continued access to UK fishing waters throughout the transition period and has demanded reciprocal access afterwards too as a condition of any future trade deal

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