In a balanced economy, the north would produce around £70 billion more. Here is one way to help close that gap.
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This type of relationship would reflect the existing pattern of UK-EU trade. It is a compromise that should win support amongst pragmatists.
As so many elections have shown in the past, both the main parties only win elections when they move into the centre.
Simon Clarke: Teesside is experiencing an industrial renaissance – with Conservative optimism driving out Labour gloom
The first in a three-part ConHome mini-series on the Tory revival in the area since the Mayoral election of last May.
Stephen Booth: A possible Cabinet Brexit compromise is brewing. It would mean mirroring parts of the Customs Union.
When ministers meet at Chequers this week, they must find a solution to the seemingly intractable question of whether to align or diverge from the EU.
But a vote on some form of customs union is coming. Might it become a confidence issue?
The Tees Valley mayor says his area was “left behind in the Blair and Brown years”, and this is a chance to rebalance the economy.
Robert Buckland: “We must speak the language of opportunity”. His lecture on Tory revival. Full text.
“The language should be that of giving people their chance to succeed and of being on their side – a “people politics” that many practice locally but which must be scaled up.”
Britain could flourish under the minimalist WTO-type settlement that seems to be his bottom line. But it is not the optimal outcome, and threatens a significant downside.
EURATOM, WTO quotas, open skies agreements, banks’ ability to lend – all these involve change which it may not be possible to effect by April 2019.
Many more may gain, but there are those who are understandably aggrieved nonetheless.
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower calamity – and regardless of it – asserting property rights is not enough
A Conservative MP has led the way in proposing how London could be rebalanced away from the super-rich and back towards the mass of its citizens.
Allie Renison: Government must listen to business when preparing for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit
The absence of a comprehensive agreement would not be apocalyptic, but it would involve many complexities.
There are some risks to trade, but they should be rationalised and addressed rather than overhyped.
Commentators underestimated our growth potential before the referendum – and some are still doing so.