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.
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Plus: Henry Bolton, secret LibDem agent. (Or not.) Penny Mordaunt, next Tory leader. (Or not.) British communists surprise us. (Or don’t.) And: my CNN joy.
“You can take any measure…and we’re better off than any of the predictions made by all the official bodies during the campaign.”
Key voters include those who voted heavily to remain in the EU, and were decisive in the lost Tory seats of Battersea, Kensington, Kingston and Twickenham.
That means commissioning physical and digital infrastructure and recruiting necessary personnel. It also means offering tangible reassurance to business.
The Treasury Select Committee chair says that “we will continue to look for any drift back to some kind of ideological hard Brexit.”
“It’s about whether we have some kind of partnership that allows frictionless trade at our borders and recognises that there is a very difficult situation in Northern Ireland.”
“Participation in some of the UK agencies…they are ones that we have put forward because they’re the ones that UK and European businesses want to see.”
“She’s offered the EU common sense and practical solutions to some of the issues they’ve talked about.”
He says that May’s baskets plan for sectors is “possible”, but that the EU will reject any proposal for mutual recognition rather than alignment.
“If we were to accept passporting, we’d just be a rule-taker. We’d have to abide by rules that were set elsewhere.”
WATCH: Coveney says May’s speech was welcome – but “we know no more detail than we did about the border”
“We also welcome the fact that she renewed her commitment to the agreement before Christmas between the UK and the EU.”
Brexit. Compare and contrast. On divergence, real Cabinet debate. On immigration, a stance quietly shelved.
220,000 people from EU countries came here last year. May’s U-turn thus has implications not only for rights but for numbers.
This May speech was aimed at the EU27 – not her own party. And its message was: I want to have my cherries and eat them.
Hardish in principle, softer in detail, she is crafting a position intended to get those elusive trade talks going as soon as possible.
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.