It needs to be challenged. Here are a few questions to ask about being in a union that binds us to the Common Commercial Policy.
Posts by James Arnell
James Arnell is a partner at Charterhouse. He writes in a personal capacity.
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.
I have said previously that I believe the Government has been pursuing a sensible negotiating approach to date. I maintain that view.
After leaving the EU, we must ensure we are well-positioned in terms of regulation, taxation, immigration and – crucially – foreign languages.
There are some areas where continued jurisdiction for the ECJ is defensible and may, pragmatically, be the best route forward.
In a no-deal scenario, we must be prepared with a detailed plan which takes into account the trading and regulatory differences between industries.
James Arnell: Ready on Day One for Brexit. 1) Money. If there’s no deal, and the EU fails to play fair, we shouldn’t pay it a penny.
I would propose that we pay a total of €12 billion as our “divorce bill” – even if there’s no FTA. But subject to three conditions.
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 truth is that any money committed now will return multiples of cost in a reduced price for an agreement with the EU.
Pro-Leave MPs must ensure that ministers and the civil service prepare a credible plan for ‘no deal’ and place strict limits on any transition.
James Arnell: Worried that Brexit will cost City jobs? It’s easier to keep them than you might think.
Much of the concern is over-hyped – not least because these specialised, highly skilled people don’t want to leave London in the first place.
James Arnell: In Europe, negotiation is a turbulent sport – we only need to worry if the Brexit talks go smoothly
Across the Channel, it’s normal to start with ludicrous demands and progress slowly, via a series of impasses and walk-outs.
Are we being manipulated so that we accept, in due course, a smaller (but still very large) Brexit bill as a “good deal”?