The Shadow HCLG Secretary wants a transitional period, as the Government does, but says that it shouldn’t “be rushed to a March 2019 deadline”.
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This approach fully honours the referendum result. The UK would leave the EU in a manner that minimises disruption.
Plus: Soubry may quit the Tories, which I would regret. And: Why Labour’s silence on 100 years of votes for working class men?
If anything is put to the Commons at all before exit day, it will be a Heads of Agreement plan. The most likely consequence of its rejection would be the re-invention of transition.
P.S: Only one Tory Prime Minister in recent years was “taken down” by Tory MPs. Clue: it was neither Major nor Cameron.
We are likely to get a deal with something for everyone – a ‘softish’ Brexit with May-style immigration controls. But the longer-term offers great opportunities.
The clock is ticking on the Brexit negotiations and spreading confusion in this manner will only undermine the Prime Minister’s negotiating hand.
“They’ve taken down Major. They took down Cameron. Two great leaders – neither of whom stood up to them.”
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.
Henry Newman: Amidst the row about neutrality, a big question looms. Is the civil service up to delivering Brexit effectively?
Whitehall has at times imperilled its reputation for neutrality, but there remains a positive ‘can-do’ attitude about Brexit. The Government should harness it.
Patrick Minford: More compliance. Lower productivity. Reduced growth. Why we must free ourselves from EU regulation.
If we do, we could reverse at least some of the six per cent hit to GDP it has caused so far. If we don’t, we could continue to lose productivity growth of 0.2 per cent a year.
I finish by imploring you to consider the effect on our Brexit negotiations if we change negotiators half way through.
WATCH: Rudd – “The decision to leave the EU was not all about the economy. It was about sovereignty as well.”
The Home Secretary also says that the economy will grow and that Treasury forecasts don’t tell one everything.
If you don’t like what the Treasury’s up to, criticise the Chancellor, who’s accountable for it – not those who work for him, who aren’t.
It would allow the Prime Minister to gain support from the moderates of her party and, crucially, gain the initiative in the more centrist national debate.