From speaking to civil servants, it seems that – at least until recently – the Cabinet had not properly considered either a preferred end state or indeed transition policy.
For all the talk of an “off the shelf” solution, those available would cross Brexiteer red lines.
Rather than price caps and nationalisations, there is a chance to help consumers with tax cuts and regulatory reform.
The Union has already signed up to an FTA) with Canada. Surely we should be able to agree a similar deal for the UK – if not one substantially deeper.
His Mansion House speech offered an opportunity to shift the tone of Brexit policy towards openness, liberalism, free trade and responsible capitalism.
We would remain bound by the EU’s protectionist tariff structure, and have our trade agreements determined by institutions on which we were not represented.
Will the UK get a deal? Much depends on whether other European governments or the EU Commission take charge on the other side of the table.
Two new ConHome columns begin tomorrow.
Over the coming weeks, MPs from our team will be setting out on ConservativeHome and elsewhere how the UK would forge beneficial new arrangements.
Their present powers aren’t sufficient. Here are some proposals for more.
To attain success in the forthcoming European renegotiation we shall need allies, and to fall out with them on a second-order question would be perverse.
A proper Treasury cost-benefit analysis of our EU membership would put this untruth down for good.
Come and see Open Europe’s simulation tomorrow, starring Andrea Leadsom MP, Pierre Lellouche, John Bruton, Urban Ahlin and Lucio Caracciolo.
“I hope, Mr Barroso, you will go and beat Commissioner Andor over the head with this report.”
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