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Posts Tagged: Free trade
Daniel Hannan: I want to support May’s plan. But I can’t. It proposes a way of leaving the EU that’s exactly the wrong way round.
Instead of leaving the Customs Union but retaining chunks of the Single Market – we shall end up staying in the Customs Union but leaving most of the Single Market.
They would plunge into unknown territory that is most likely to lead to our exit being delayed, diluted – or even ditched altogether.
Chloe Westley: If the Conservatives bow to May’s betrayal of the referendum result, they will be cursed for a generation
By refusing to consider the option of leaving without a deal, Conservative Ministers are essentially admitting defeat. And we deserve better than a defeatist political class.
It’s possible to trade across the Northern Irish border without simply swallowing EU regulation whole
A myth has been promulgated that there is no alternative – now exploded by the inclusion of “alternative arrangements” in the Political Declaration.
Nick Hargrave: If we join the EEA, others might follow – thus creating a Europe-wide, non-federalist alternative to the EU
As a bloc with heightened economic weight, with the UK as a key influence, it would have greater flexibility to negotiate over issues such as immigration and budgetary contributions.
Troublingly, such concerns are the basis for the most unpopular provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement.
David Davis: There has long been an alternative to this discredited deal. It’s the Canada-style plan that Tusk and Barnier offered us.
If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.
David Davies: I voted and campaigned for Leave. But here’s why I’m supporting the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan.
Opposing this proposal serves only to help those who wish to undermine our desire to respect the referendum result. It is only by being united that we can fight them off.
The UK should copy Canada only in regard to how it pursues a deal, and that means securing one that is bespoke to our economic needs and realities.
Jonathan Clark: Is it time to sweep away our political parties – and clear the decks for Leave v Remain?
The electorate are less and less convinced by such arguments about party identity and destiny. Far underground, the tectonic plates are moving.
Plus: Crouch’s revenge. Islam’s departure. Brexit, May’s prospective deal and Labour’s internal agonies. And: Trumpety-Trump as the President claims victory.
Greg Hands: Remaining in a customs union beyond 2020 would be unacceptable to many Conservative MPs – and here’s why
Some will ask “Trump versus China: where does the UK stand?” The answer will be: “Ask Brussels – as the UK isn’t allowed to have a trade policy of its own”.
We should not be tied to rules that often apply extreme versions of the precautionary principle that throttle new developments.
Fox. Go for the Export Dividend. “Based on a ten per cent uplift in exports, the budget deficit could reduce by some £20 billion.” His trade speech: full text.
He praises a new IEA analysis.