Although some pretend the UK must choose between binary options, the reality of what is possible is rather different.
J. Meirion Thomas: The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
The official guidance contains gaping loopholes, and Freedom of Information requests show that Health Trusts are unprepared to carry out vital checks.
The doom-mongers and nay-sayers grumble out of self-interest. Meanwhile, Brexit Britain is strong and set to grow stronger.
Liam Fox: In this new year, let’s resolve to capitalise on the huge trade and investment opportunities of Brexit
The pessimism of some at home is contradicted by the successes of British businesses, and the rising interest in the UK that I see around the world.
For political reasons some ignore practical solutions and pretend the current EU arrangements are perfect. Such obstructionism helps no-one.
Daniel Kawczynski: After we escape the EU, we must help other countries to protect their sovereignty from Brussels
That means defending NATO from encroachment by an EU army, and supporting Central and Eastern European countries in staying out of the Euro.
Luke Springthorpe: This was not as bad a year for the Conservatives as some claim. But 2018 must be much better.
The full force of policy and how it is communicated will need to be wrapped in an overarching theme of securing a bright future for the country after Brexit.
Our record so far is a strong one: since 2010 we have successfully returned over 41,000 foreign national offenders, with a record high number achieved this year.
Michael Bates: During this Christmas season, it’s time to stand up for religious freedom – and that of those who don’t believe at all
The number and proportion of conflicts around the world with a religious dimension is increasing. In 2001, 44 per cent; in 2013, 60 per cent.
Not only are we helping the Kingdom achieve important domestic reforms, it gives us a platform to project our influence in this vital region.
I like to think she’d vote Tory, and maybe one day technology or our understanding will grow enough to enable votes for cats.
Mark Hoban: Why the regulatory deal on leaving the EU should be based on mutual recognition – and no material regulatory divergence
Because Britain and the EU both want to maintain high levels of access to each other’s markets, a bespoke deal is needed: there is no off-the-shelf solution.
Stephen Booth: The immigration policy that voters want post-Brexit puts control first – and a reduction very much second
Overall, our new report suggests that public attitudes towards immigration – and indeed leaving the EU – are not fuelled by racism or intolerance.
Maria Caulfield: We already have a right to die – and shouldn’t force a duty to kill on doctors and nurses
Even the activists campaigning for legalised assisted suicide have admitted that “the majority of people who die in the UK will not suffer pain”.
Lee Rotherham: Yes, Canada Plus is a real possibility – and the EU’s own history of trade deals proves it
Don’t fall for the Commission’s spin: it has been the guardian of no fewer than 42 different models of association.