He was a man of Empire – not a little Englander, but a Great Britainer. One might also say a Global Britainer, which returns one to Brexit.
Posts Tagged: Free trade
David Campbell Bannerman: We’ve voted to leave the EU but, until Brexit takes place, we need to keep our MEPs
Each one of us will have a vote on any deal – and 73 MEPs may well be crucial to passing it.
Although some pretend the UK must choose between binary options, the reality of what is possible is rather different.
The doom-mongers and nay-sayers grumble out of self-interest. Meanwhile, Brexit Britain is strong and set to grow stronger.
Liam Fox: In this new year, let’s resolve to capitalise on the huge trade and investment opportunities of Brexit
The pessimism of some at home is contradicted by the successes of British businesses, and the rising interest in the UK that I see around the world.
For political reasons some ignore practical solutions and pretend the current EU arrangements are perfect. Such obstructionism helps no-one.
Mark Hoban: Why the regulatory deal on leaving the EU should be based on mutual recognition – and no material regulatory divergence
Because Britain and the EU both want to maintain high levels of access to each other’s markets, a bespoke deal is needed: there is no off-the-shelf solution.
Lee Rotherham: Yes, Canada Plus is a real possibility – and the EU’s own history of trade deals proves it
Don’t fall for the Commission’s spin: it has been the guardian of no fewer than 42 different models of association.
Owen Paterson: To make Brexit a success, we must break free from the over-taxed, over-regulated European model
That means taking back full control – then using our new-found independence to its greatest possible benefit.
WATCH: May – We will be “negotiating and…signing trade deals” during the Brexit implementation period
They will “come into force after the conclusion of the implementation period”, the Prime Minister told the Commons.
They propose a bespoke agreement that would permit mutual market access, with a Solvency II equivalence outcome built into it.
Graham Gudgin and Ray Bassett: A triumph of ambiguity. What the EU deal means for the UK-Ireland land border
All in all, the Progress Document is something of a canine’s breakfast, with the Irish border tail wagging the UK dog.
I understand the Government’s keenness to achieve a free trade agreement with the EU, but we need to be careful that the price is not too high.
There is plenty of reason to check that the Government’s ones have been giving sound legal advice to ministers. Too often, it has been wrong.
The deal’s internal contradictions are coming back to haunt it, to the confusion of May, Varadkar, Juncker, Barnier – the whole lot of them.