Instead of leaving the Customs Union but retaining chunks of the Single Market – we shall end up staying in the Customs Union but leaving most of the Single Market.
Cowardice and lack of vision have brought us to this pass – facing all the costs and obligations of EU membership, but with no voice, no vote and no veto.
Imagine if they raised money to help honour the soldiers who answered Britain’s call during two world wars – thus showing more than anger and resentment.
Frankly, any outcome – no deal, Norway, Canada, even the risk of a second referendum – would be better than what is currently on the table.
The presumption of innocence should not be some empty piety. A nasty aspect of politics is that this principle is reversed when the headlines are bad enough.
Our treaty would be the most comprehensive ever. And it rests on mutual recognition, not top-down standardisation.
In the third piece in our mini-series evaluating the EEA, our columnist wonders how both sides managed to become so hostile to moderate concepts.
In an atmosphere when anyone can close down the conversation by saying “I feel uncomfortable”, rational discussion becomes impossible.
The trend fuels harmful misrepresentations and myths. It might bring in ad revenue, but it harms the fabric of our democracy.
Their hysterical tone serves only to make EU negotiators dig in deeper – thus, paradoxically, making a breakdown in talks more likely.
Preparing for no deal ought therefore to be our national priority – cuts in corporate and personal taxes, removal of regulations, openness to global business.
What changed? When did we lose the global vocation that infused the Cabinet, Leavers and Remainers alike, two years ago?
There are honourable arguments for and against shipping the Parthenon marbles to Greece. His instinctive knee-jerk is not one of them.
As the miracles of Hong Kong and Singapore demonstrate, cheaper imports, rather than easier exports, are the big win. The trick is persuading voters to agree.
Leaving the Single Market while keeping the Customs Union would reduce the United Kingdom economy to the status of a bargaining chip for Brussels.