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.
“It has become absolutely clear to me that we cannot take the argument for granted.”
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.
It does not stipulate that an invisible border with the Republic trumps the integrity of the United Kingdom.
“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.
“If they don’t, well, it’ll be like you and I negotiating when you’re very clear what you want and I haven’t got a clue. You’re going to win!”
Behind the scenes many of Europe’s nations and regions are weighing the cost of a hard Brexit and pushing for a better deal.