It is not perfect, but I believe it delivers the essentials of leaving the EU while also recognising the real fears held by many Remainers.
We are re-proving that ‘we learn from history that we do not learn from history’.
The Prime Minister once promised that: “We are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. That’s not going to happen.”
As a split in the Conservative Party finally threatens for real, May must explain why and when she backed off mutual recognition.
Plus “due regard paid to EU case law in areas where the UK continues to apply a common rulebook”.
What may count most today is not whether the water simmers over, but whether his temper and patience do instead – or first.
A Brexit in the hand is worth two in the bush. None the less, the Commons will have to vote her proposals down, if the EU banks them but offers no proper deal in return.
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.
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.
That means making overdue decisions, settling internal disputes, and no more campaigning by the Treasury to undermine Brexit policy.
Since she might not get an acceptable agreement, or indeed any at all, the Government must strain to get Ready for Day One, not Ready for Day 730.
They argue that even if May doesn’t deliver a clean outcome, the priority must be to ensure that the Article 50 timetable is met.
We are being nudged towards Norway Minus rather than Canada Plus Plus Plus almost without anyone noticing.
The attempt by some Remainers to frame the negotiation as ‘how can we achieve the closest possible relationship with the EU?’ is disingenuous, and should be strongly rebutted.
The only obligation of an MP is to exercise their best judgement. If they believe it is in the national interest to withdraw Article 50 so we can stay in the EU they should make that decision.