It’s imperfect – consider fishing. It’s incomplete. It means kicking cans down the road. But that approach is sensible – and, crucially, it is working, bit by bit.
The message that some send to Brussels – that if the Eurocrats make it all painful enough then we can be bullied into changing our minds – is mistaken but harmful.
As a relatively new Minister at DexEU, I intend to make the positive case for the rich array of opportunities that are to be had as an independent trading nation.
That means commissioning physical and digital infrastructure and recruiting necessary personnel. It also means offering tangible reassurance to business.
“What is clear is that for us both to meet our objectives we need to look beyond the precedents, and find a new balance.”
“We need to resolve the tensions between some of our key objectives…but there are some tensions in the EU’s position too – and some hard facts for them to face as well.”
I believe last week’s inner cabinet meeting at Chequers will be seen as a key staging post in Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Plus: Major’s error. The Prime Minister’s jokes. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. And: the angels want to wear my red suit.
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.
Why Corbyn’s new policy would open the door to TTIP. And: Leaving EU migrants with settled status until transition ends would be “a major problem”.
His new position is so ‘have your cake and eat it’ that at one point he even said the word “cake” by accident in the middle of his speech.
“Labour would not countenance a deal that left Britain as a passive recipient of rules, decided elsewhere by others,” the Labour leader claims.
The briefing about turning a Trade Bill vote into one of confidence unnecessarily raises the temperature between Ministers and Conservative MPs.
Labour’s deputy leader says it’s “reckless” to rule out any form of customs union.
May should not shirk from seeking an election over her manifesto pledge to leave it. But we are not there yet – not nearly.