The airport’s passenger charges have trebled over the past decade. That bill should come down, or else competitors abroad will steal a march on the UK.
It is not especially low tax, nor is it unregulated – though it is certainly a more business-friendly environment then the UK. Here is why it works.
To reduce investment in infrastructure or R&D is to take away from the future – just as surely as running up unsustainable debt does.
I have said previously that I believe the Government has been pursuing a sensible negotiating approach to date. I maintain that view.
There are some areas where continued jurisdiction for the ECJ is defensible and may, pragmatically, be the best route forward.
EURATOM, WTO quotas, open skies agreements, banks’ ability to lend – all these involve change which it may not be possible to effect by April 2019.
There is a significant opportunity to improve rail links. We must not allow it to pass us by.
The third article in a five-piece series by the author on how Britain must prepare for March 31 2019 – and has less than 600 days to get it right.
Despite the evident problems, and large opposition, the scheme continues.
Where is Willie Walsh? How did this happen? What will be done to prevent future fiascos?
The Government must try to build from the essentials out – security, legal certainty, frictionless trade. Zero tariffs would be the icing on the cake.
We are keen to gather views from interested parties (such as businesses, industry groups, politicians, academics and others) about what would happen.
An experienced pilot warned David Cameron of the problems seven years ago.
If ever a small community deserve a change of fortune, it is the residents of the island, and I will continue to play a small part in making life uncomfortable for those who let them down.
The result changes nothing on Heathrow – or Brexit.