Any deal that leaves the UK aligned with EU rules or which deprives us of control over our trading future would not be honouring the referendum result.
It would make no sense to spurn taking control of our trade policy and leave it with the EU – in which we will no longer have a say.
“…our context is very different and I don’t want to take any bets. I would have fought very hard to win.”
The French President says that Britain may obtain something between the present arrangement and a trade agreement.
The brutal reality is that Britain needs the country the President governs – and so by extension needs him too.
Yes, we’re going to have to pay for it. But hasn’t using Britain’s status as a net contributor to secure deals always been part of the plan?
The lacklustre General Election campaign was consigned to second place. Donald Trump’s inauguration was a distant third.
We need a new negotiating team – who will come in hard, making it clear to the EU that we are not going to roll over.
Those who still refuse to accept we’re really going to leave the EU are misreading the process, the politics, and the people.
Our best chance of getting a deal remains developing a solid, credible alternative plan, and showing that we are prepared to implement it.
The Prime Minister may well be better fitted than any of her rivals to carry through Brexit.
There’s more than a hint in the air that they are happy to let the negotiation get sticky – and wait for capital to flee the UK and for investment to plummet.
He discusses his new book, Hearts and Minds, in which he traces the change in Conservative ideas from Thatcher to Cameron and beyond.
I believe that there will be a growing clamour for any deal to be put by referendum to the British people before the final decision is taken.
I can say, with hand on humble heart, that I have never seen, or even heard of, a document so unconstructively negative as the Guidelines.