When ministers meet at Chequers this week, they must find a solution to the seemingly intractable question of whether to align or diverge from the EU.
But a vote on some form of customs union is coming. Might it become a confidence issue?
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.
We don’t need a European solution; we need a global solution. We must think independent Anglosphere, not dependent Eurosphere.
The phrase is widely attributed to Jacob Rees-Mogg. But a senior Labour politician got there first…
Let’s remind ourselves of a few occasions where the letter of the law has been lacking the odd dot or crossed T.
This approach fully honours the referendum result. The UK would leave the EU in a manner that minimises disruption.
“Why is anyone arguing for this bizarre outcome?” If some are proposing it as a way to transition back into the EU, they should be honest enough to say so.
We are likely to get a deal with something for everyone – a ‘softish’ Brexit with May-style immigration controls. But the longer-term offers great opportunities.
The clock is ticking on the Brexit negotiations and spreading confusion in this manner will only undermine the Prime Minister’s negotiating hand.
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.
I was drawn to work here by the values which I believe can help a struggling economy become more productive: autonomy, hard work, and enterprise.
And, of course, only if there is an agreement to implement. Otherwise, we must leave immediately on 29th March 2019.
The Chancellor is opposing Government policy, he laments – before calling for more defence spending, and praising “wonderful, forthright, gutsy” Claire Perry.
Ministers need get a grip by acting collectively to agree a Brexit end-state based in reality and on what Parliament will approve eventually – and then stick to it.