Since the government came to power in June 2017, they have been negotiating the conditions for leaving the European Union.
This promise is not an easy one to measure because there is no widely agreed definition of the “best possible deal for Britain”. That said, we don’t actually have anything to measure yet because the deal (actually the ‘draft withdrawal agreement‘) that emerged in November 2018 was rejected by parliament in January 2019. So for this policy to be delivered we would need a new deal to be negotiated with the EU and accepted by Parliament.
With the Brexit deadline of 29th March looming, there are a number of possible outcomes. The government has been clear that they won’t accept any old deal if they don’t think it’s in the country’s interests (“no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK” from page 30 of the manifesto), though it looks like this option would be strongly contested.
Given the government has negotiated and delivered a deal, we can say this policy is very much ‘in progress’, though clearly there is still a lot to do. Follow this policy to stay tuned.
Get the best possible detail
- Brexit: Theresa May’s deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat – BBC
- Brexit: What happens now? – BBC
- Brexit: 20 Tory rebels inflict no-deal defeat on government – BBC
- Reality Check: Brexit withdrawal agreement – what it all means – BBC
- Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as agreed at negotiators’ level on 14 November 2018 – European Commission
- White Paper outlining their approach to leaving the EU – Gov.uk
- Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU – BBC