Given the EU’s risk levels, its lack of investment in NATO and its poor relations with its neighbours, it is hardly an attractive partner; more of a liability.
Deals with the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand will prepare the country for future EU-related bumps in the road.
The CBI supports the Government’s timetable and Starmer is keeping his head down. It is quite the turnaround.
Like it or not, the EU agreed to two customs territories on the island of Ireland – and a solution to the disagreement flows from that fact.
From fishing to illegal immigration, Britain must make preparations to give its claim of “walking away” some weight.
We have a tremendous opportunity to lead the response, and we must not cede any ground to a newly energised anti-environment lobby.
To remain in it for any longer than necessary would leave the fragile economy we will have after Covid-19 very vulnerable.
No guilt attaches to Boris Johnson, unless by betraying the industry a second time he chooses to endorse and embrace that earlier guilt.
Many of these matters can only be made on the basis of imperfect information. The advantage of the elected official making the ultimate decision is one of accountability.
Harmonisation flies in the face of global trends towards equivalence rather than the highly legalistic regulatory formula favoured by the Union.
A WTO exit at the end of 2020 is not the probable outcome – but the risk does look under-priced.
The third piece in our mini-series on the road to Brexit comes from the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
He says they are “committed not just to reversing the will of the people but to handing back control of Scotland’s outstanding marine wealth to Brussels!”
Can have a bold enough economic policy that people in these newly gained seats can see the difference in five years’ time?
Under the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal, long-term decisions will have to be made to a tight timetable.