If there’s to be no border in Ireland, and Britain is to leave the Customs Union and Single Market, it follows that there must be a customs border on the Irish Sea.
At a time when austerity continues, we need to be explain that we are not wasting taxpayers’ money on a grand delusion that we can create prosperity.
Any deal that leaves the UK aligned with EU rules or which deprives us of control over our trading future would not be honouring the referendum result.
Many voters – Leave and Remain – appreciate his spirit of boldness, and want to move on from past divisions, not reopen them. There are opportunities to be grasped.
Let’s remind ourselves of a few occasions where the letter of the law has been lacking the odd dot or crossed T.
By April, about 1.4million non-EU migrants and students will have been given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance.
We are likely to get a deal with something for everyone – a ‘softish’ Brexit with May-style immigration controls. But the longer-term offers great opportunities.
I finish by imploring you to consider the effect on our Brexit negotiations if we change negotiators half way through.
It would allow the Prime Minister to gain support from the moderates of her party and, crucially, gain the initiative in the more centrist national debate.
Indeed, the next shutdown might come before very long. And there’s no sign that Trump or his opponents are in a compromising mood.
In trying to maximise the Party’s vote share, it’s essential that a proper audit of these barriers takes place (and others will no doubt think of some I have missed).
Yes, we’re going to have to pay for it. But hasn’t using Britain’s status as a net contributor to secure deals always been part of the plan?
Discussion of immigration is often dominated by those who are entirely ‘pro’ or ‘anti’, but most people are somewhere in between.
The Conservatives need to support genuine allies – such as savers, home owners, small businesses, and the armed forces.
For political reasons some ignore practical solutions and pretend the current EU arrangements are perfect. Such obstructionism helps no-one.