We prefer Canada Plus Plus Plus. But a question could emerge over the next few months: is it a better option than an unmanageable No Deal – or even no Brexit at all?
Posts Tagged: Customs
During the weeks and months ahead, Conservative MPs will need to use their heads as well as their hearts to reach the Brexit winning line.
Lockwood Smith: Britain has a golden chance to join the biggest free trade agreement in history. But Chequers is likely to wreck it.
The “Common Rulebook” approach is an ostacle to signing up to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The myth has it that there never was such a plan – in fact, DexEU had a proposal to fulfil its promise of no ‘hard border’ while still overseeing a proper customs regime.
Lord Ashcroft: Voters’ test for any Brexit deal. Britain mustn’t be out of Europe…but still run by Europe.
It comes down to whether people feel that the outcome has delivered May’s goal that the UK should “regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders”.
A customs union 1) Greg Hands – As a former Remainer, and an ex-Trade Minister, I know that joining one would deliver Britain the worst of all worlds
We British often like a good compromise. This would be the wrong one.
A customs union 2) Simon Clarke – As a convinced Brexiteer, and an optimist about Britain, I see that joining one would lock us into decline
We shouldn’t be glued as a vassal state to a declining European market.
WATCH: Brexit. We need to deliver on our manifesto commitments and guarantee prosperity, says Walker
A surviving DexEU Minister from David Davis’ team says that he’s glad to hear that Rees-Mogg will be supporting the Customs Bill.
We don’t claim that the EU would accept it – but neither will the Commission nor the 27 necessarily accept the Prime Minister’s new plan.
Chloe Westley: You think the LibDems were punished over tuition fees? That’s nothing compared to the fate that now stalks the Tories over Brexit.
They risk a reputation of betraying the largest vote in British history.
WATCH: Starmer rejects May’s customs plan as a “bureaucratic nightmare” – and says Labour wants a customs union
“As for Chequers, I’m afraid it’s got ‘fudge’ written all over it.” The Prime Minister has gone to “extraordinary lengths” to avoid a union.
Harmonisation on goods. Flexibility for services. UK management of EU tariffs in Britain. Government Brexit Chequers proposal. Full text.
Plus “due regard paid to EU case law in areas where the UK continues to apply a common rulebook”.
Since she might not get an acceptable agreement, or indeed any at all, the Government must strain to get Ready for Day One, not Ready for Day 730.
In a balanced economy, the north would produce around £70 billion more. Here is one way to help close that gap.
“The one thing that is uncertain until we go into the June summit and engage with the EU is precisely what the contours of the trade deal will look like.”