Like it or not, the EU agreed to two customs territories on the island of Ireland – and a solution to the disagreement flows from that fact.
Some of the solutions being proposed for UK trade talks would make it a pariah state in the WTO community.
To remain in it for any longer than necessary would leave the fragile economy we will have after Covid-19 very vulnerable.
Longer extension, Customs Union, ‘Common Market 2.0’ and so on all have severe downsides.
At the moment, there are many areas where farmers cannot use new technologies. These will increasingly feed not only our consumers but also the world’s poorest ones.
Such deals can seem intangible and conceptual, so I and a team of experts are today launching a proposed agreement which both sides could accept.
It’s time for the Government to dust down Plan A Plus and A Better Deal – rather than its own scheme, which is going nowhere.
This is because in order to maximise opportunities, we must have control over our tariff schedules and our domestic regulation.
We need fast-track deals – which Parliament should endorse or reject, but can’t write.