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.
The arrogant behaviour of the EU so far, bordering on the deliberately offensive, is a bluff that we need to call.
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.
A visa programme for experienced fishermen from outside the EEA would throw a lifeline to an industry which is vital to many coastal communities.
“Leaving the EU gives us a once in a lifetime opportunity to reform…how we care for our land, our rivers and our seas.”