If we are also out of CAP, CFP and direct ECJ jurisdiction, able to negotiate our own trade deals and in the Single Market, it might not be such a bad outcome after all.
There are some areas where continued jurisdiction for the ECJ is defensible and may, pragmatically, be the best route forward.
“It’s a very simple thing: if economically it’s better to have to have an arrangement that works for our business and our economy then we’ll do it.”
It would be the easiest, least disruptive, and most productive way for this country to genuinely leave the EU until we have a bespoke UK-EU deal.
By raising the possibility that EU law could retain its power after March 2019, the Prime Minister risks inflaming the concerns of Leavers.
We have set out reasonable negotiating positions and we have done whatever we can to accommodate the demands of the EU.
The arrogant behaviour of the EU so far, bordering on the deliberately offensive, is a bluff that we need to call.
There is time to correct the lack of preparedness of our customs and computers for 2019. But it is running out.
There is no guarantee that the EU27 and the Commission will accept her ideas. And there may be no deal at all. In which case the question lingers: are we ready?
The Prime Minister spells out the likely length that she desires for the period between Britain formally leaving the the EU and doing so in full effect.
The former Attorney-General also touches on Johnson and the £350 million – “a subject best parked” – and a definitive treatise on nymphomania.
The suggestion here seems to be to keep current and future EU law – and thus the ECJ. We would accept EU laws as they developed without a say.
Each side in the Brexit debate regards its position as the only one a sane person could take, while the other side’s arguments are madly exaggerated and provocative.
Plus: Nigel Farage steps into my shoes; life after gangs; and the absurd Remainer response to the Government’s Brexit papers.
The European Court of Justice has always played fast and loose with the law to drive forward EU integration.