In the second piece of our mini-series evaluating the EEA, the leader of the county’s No to EU movement says that the arrangement is entangling Norway in the Union.
Have no doubt about it: we’re leaving. But if we want to put the country back together, we must now keep some perspective.
The fourteenth extract from the fullest draft of the proposals that were put together by the Department for Exiting the European Union.
Plus “due regard paid to EU case law in areas where the UK continues to apply a common rulebook”.
They benefit from tariff and quota-free access. If you eat calamari in southern Europe, there is about a 50 per cent chance it is a Falklands squid.
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.
Part of settling down and marking time, as Roger Scruton would say, is protecting our environment. Doing so is an unchosen obligation upon us.
Even the 21-month implementation period could drive more boats out of business, and leave us ill-equipped to rebuild a long-suffering industry.
At each turn to date, they have decided that the best shouldn’t be the enemy of the good. Which suggests that they won’t vote against any heads of agreement – however imperfect.
Plus: The Whips need to get a grip. I greet the recovery of the pound. I fear for the future of our high streets.
It’s imperfect – consider fishing. It’s incomplete. It means kicking cans down the road. But that approach is sensible – and, crucially, it is working, bit by bit.
Just as Geldof swearing at fishermen symbolised the referendum divide, negotiations over fish offer an insight into what ‘taking back control’ really means.
To shut off consideration of realistic and achievable ways of supporting the Government’s Brexit objectives would be irresponsible.
Don’t fall for the Commission’s spin: it has been the guardian of no fewer than 42 different models of association.
Plus: the official measure of inflation should be changed; student funding requires reform; and the Chancellor must prepare for No Deal.