On corruption, fragility, innovation, human capital, creditworthiness, GDP per head – all the measures that count for most – the country is, to put it politely, not in a great place.
Posts Tagged: Emmanuel Macron
Henry Newman: May is right – the EU cherry-picks whenever it is politically convenient. Brexit should be such a time.
From its range of tailor-made trade deals to its habit of allowing Member States to break the rules, Brussels is more flexible than Barnier’s rhetoric might suggest.
Robert Tombs asked at yesterday evening’s meeting if Tony Blair, Ken Clarke and Peter Mandelson really want us to enter a United States of Europe.
Gisela Stuart: This is a crucial moment for May and her government. There must be no backsliding on a clean Brexit.
Any deal that leaves the UK aligned with EU rules or which deprives us of control over our trading future would not be honouring the referendum result.
It would make no sense to spurn taking control of our trade policy and leave it with the EU – in which we will no longer have a say.
“…our context is very different and I don’t want to take any bets. I would have fought very hard to win.”
The French President says that Britain may obtain something between the present arrangement and a trade agreement.
The brutal reality is that Britain needs the country the President governs – and so by extension needs him too.
Yes, we’re going to have to pay for it. But hasn’t using Britain’s status as a net contributor to secure deals always been part of the plan?
The lacklustre General Election campaign was consigned to second place. Donald Trump’s inauguration was a distant third.
We need a new negotiating team – who will come in hard, making it clear to the EU that we are not going to roll over.
Those who still refuse to accept we’re really going to leave the EU are misreading the process, the politics, and the people.
James Arnell: Introducing my forthcoming ConservativeHome series about being Ready on Day One for Brexit
Our best chance of getting a deal remains developing a solid, credible alternative plan, and showing that we are prepared to implement it.
The Prime Minister may well be better fitted than any of her rivals to carry through Brexit.
Henry Newman: My take from Brussels this week. The EU side wants to ramp up the pressure – not wind down the talks.
There’s more than a hint in the air that they are happy to let the negotiation get sticky – and wait for capital to flee the UK and for investment to plummet.