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Theresa May Has Written A Brexit Letter To You And It's Proving Pretty Controversial

By Chris York

Theresa May’s “letter to the nation” urging the British public to back the Brexit deal has been described as “utter fiction”, “shameful” and “misleading”.

The 800-word message, released late on Saturday night, said that the result of the EU referendum in 2016 would be honoured and that freedom of movement would end “once and for all”.

It also stated that the UK would “take back control” of laws and money which, it suggested, could be spent on the NHS.

My letter to the nation. #BackTheBrexitDealpic.twitter.com/VGzNeeXoqg

— Theresa May (@theresa_may) November 24, 2018

The Prime Minister also said that she is “determined to deliver a Brexit deal that works for every part of our country – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland”.

Prominent physicist Jon Butterworth issued a fiery reply to a tweet of the letter, which was published on social media.

“I want freedom of movement for me and my children, and it will be a cold day in hell before I unite behind you & the party you lead,” said the Large Hadron Collider scientist, who is a professor at University College London.

“I will never forgive those who brought my country down in this shameful manner.”

I want freedom of movement for me and my children, and it will be a cold day in hell before I unite behind you & the party you lead. I will never forgive those who brought my country down in this shameful manner. #backthebrexitdeal#stopbrexit

— Jon Butterworth (@jonmbutterworth) November 24, 2018

Barrister and Director of the Good Law Project, Jo Maugham, directed his ire at the PM herself, calling her “xenophobic, destructive and incompetent”.

This is a pious and misleading letter and you are a xenophobic, divisive, destructive and incompetent Prime Minister.

If you want to sell us your deal have the guts to put it in a Referendum.

— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) November 25, 2018

Welsh Labour MP Stephen Doughty, supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, fired off a quick reply to the PM.

“Not thanks. Not buying it,” it said.

“Let’s have a People’s Vote instead to let the people of this country have a final say, with the option to stay.”

My letter – in response to the one from @theresa_may It’s time for @peoplesvote_uk#FinalSay on #Brexit#ScrapTheBrexitDealpic.twitter.com/GIa6FDOUis

— Stephen Doughty MP / AS (@SDoughtyMP) November 25, 2018

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, chairwoman of the Commons Health Select Committee, rejected the PM’s assertion that hers is “a deal for a brighter future”.

“Not a brighter future, just dimmer & diminished. There is no valid consent to this Deal without a #PeoplesVote,” she tweeted.

Not a brighter future, just dimmer & diminished. There is no valid consent to this Deal without a #PeoplesVotehttps://t.co/jZbmbOsitf

— Sarah Wollaston MP (@sarahwollaston) November 25, 2018

But there was also support from some of her own party – Minister for Sport, Civil Society and Loneliness Mims Davies, a Conservative, backed Mrs May, saying it was “time to unite & progress”.

She tweeted: “@theresa_may has written to us ALL.I believe like PM its time for us all to be ready to listen & all move forward.Lets not just re fight referendum forever more, lets not focus on a divide,use incendiary language,argue more than we look for common ground.”

@theresa_may has written to us ALL.I believe like PM its time for us all to be ready to listen & all move forward.Lets not just re fight referendum forever more, lets not focus on a divide,use incendiary language,argue more than we look for common ground.Time to unite & progress https://t.co/1XRnVw2ylS

— MimsDaviesMP (@mimsdavies) November 24, 2018

Scottish Labour MP Ged Killen likened Mrs May’s pledge to end free movement of people “once and for all” to comments US president Donald Trump might make.

He tweeted: “Feels like something Trump might tweet. Still breaks my heart to think my nieces and nephews won’t grow up with the same freedom I had to live, work and study across the EU”

“By putting an end to the free movement of people once and for all”.

Feels like something Trump might tweet. Still breaks my heart to think my nieces and nephews won’t grow up with the same freedom I had to live, work and study across the EU https://t.co/esH39yFlGz

— Ged Killen (@Gedk) November 24, 2018

May is meeting the other 27 EU leaders in Brussels on Sunday after they have given their backing to the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration thrashed out by negotiators.

The summit in Brussels is only taking place after Spain claimed the UK and EU had given into its demands for concessions over the future of Gibraltar.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez claimed the UK and European Union had agreed to its demands for guarantees over the status of Gibraltar in future negotiations.

Madrid’s foreign minister Josep Borrell went further, saying the agreement is “highly positive for Spain” and “the most important” since the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 under which Gibraltar was ceded to the UK.

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/theresa-may-brexit-letter_uk_5bfa58c0e4b0eb6d930f2e0a