The idea that we park the difficult challenges for a few years, by remaining in the EU in all but name, is for the birds.
Posts Tagged: EFTA
Nick Boles: So you don’t like Chequers. In which case, you need a workable altenative. Here’s mine. What’s yours?
In the long-term, we should be pursuing a Canada-style free trade agreement. In the short, we should park ourselves in the EEA.
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?
Daniel Hannan: It should be obvious, not controversial, to seek a deep friendship with our EU neighbours
In the third piece in our mini-series evaluating the EEA, our columnist wonders how both sides managed to become so hostile to moderate concepts.
George Trefgarne: The EEA is a much more attractive option than Chequers, the ‘implementation period’, or No Deal
In the first of a new mini-series evaluating the EEA, the author of ‘Norway then Canada’ argues the route has been wrongly neglected.
The UK plus EFTA would have a greater GDP than Germany. As one, we would be the largest economy in Europe.
Daniel Hannan: My view of May’s new Brexit plan. It’s just about better than No Deal. But now a line in the sand must be drawn.
Preparing for no deal ought therefore to be our national priority – cuts in corporate and personal taxes, removal of regulations, openness to global business.
“Showing a combination of angry rhetoric and then irresolution in the talks has been the worst possible combination.”
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.
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.
But she thinks neither will get what they want, hence there being a strong case for joining the EEA and EFTA.
She says “it’s what it delivers that matters”, and talks of need to counter “the factual nonsenses that are being put out there”.
Henry Newman: Even if the Government concedes on an EU customs union, membership of it looks unsustainable. Here’s why.
Can we really imagine ministers rejecting Justin Trudeau’s trade deal offer, or one from the American administration, or from Australia and New Zealand?
Our survey. Party members overwhelmingly oppose the Norway option. The majority against a Swiss model is less emphatic.
Whatever you think of the latter idea, it can’t fairly be said that, in the minds of a significant tranche of Party members, the door to it is firmly closed.
To shut off consideration of realistic and achievable ways of supporting the Government’s Brexit objectives would be irresponsible.