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Posts Tagged: Customs Union
A Brexit in the hand is worth two in the bush. None the less, the Commons will have to vote her proposals down, if the EU banks them but offers no proper deal in return.
Nick Boles and Robert Syms: One of us was a Remainer, the other a Leaver. We join now with other Tory MPs to back Theresa May.
Any Cabinet member who throws their toys out of the pram at Chequers will receive a cold shoulder in the tearoom.
Henry Newman: Yes, we have proposed a voluntary managed alignment in goods. But direct ECJ jurisdiction must end.
Either a new dispute resolution mechanism will be required, or the UK could dock into part of the EFTA court to resolve disputes over goods.
Iain Dale: A betrayal, a contortion, a rash, a shambles, a schism, a squabble. What’s the best collective noun for Cabinet ministers?
And: One Greg Clark. Two Vince Cables. Eleven Germans going home. 100,000 Remain protesters. 17 million Leave voters. Plus: Meanwhile, Javid gets on with his job.
John Stevenson, Jeremy Lefroy and Paul Masterton: There’s a better way for the Government on Europe – joining EFTA
Within EFTA, there are already two models of relationship with the EU – the EEA and the Swiss model. There is no reason why there could not be a third.
May’s appeal next week at Chequers will be founded in grinding detail, not Churchillian rhetoric. Key to agreement will be taking Ministers with her and springing no untoward surprises.
“If we have not got a deal that’s good for Britain. If there were attempts to keep us in the Customs Union or the Single Market then we would have to have no deal.”
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.
James Palmer: Cambridgeshire is well placed to benefit from the broader international trade that Brexit will offer
Metro Mayors can play a crucial role – but a Government cave-in on leaving the customs union risks missing the potential of the global economy.
The Brexit Secretary has taken control of the Government’s dealings with Grieve – for the moment, anyway. Watch for further twists and turns.
Plus: Damian Collins and his useless Select Committee shot themselves in the foot this week. Let grandstanding committee chairmen be warned.
Alex Morton: The EU negotiation. First, let’s use the velvet glove. But if that doesn’t work, the iron fist.
We need to be tough – without a deal, they should get no money from us, reduced troop levels in Eastern Europe, less help on refugee issues in the Mediterranean.
Henry Newman: Navigating the EU Withdrawal Bill through unamended without a majority is nightmarish – but possible
Labour have sunk efforts to trap us in the Single Market. A compromise should kick the Customs Union can down the road. Which leaves the ‘meaningful’ vote.