As the miracles of Hong Kong and Singapore demonstrate, cheaper imports, rather than easier exports, are the big win. The trick is persuading voters to agree.
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Not being able to blame Brussels for our problems nor look to the EU for solutions will be immensely reinvigorating.
This May speech was aimed at the EU27 – not her own party. And its message was: I want to have my cherries and eat them.
Hardish in principle, softer in detail, she is crafting a position intended to get those elusive trade talks going as soon as possible.
To shut off consideration of realistic and achievable ways of supporting the Government’s Brexit objectives would be irresponsible.
Peter Franklin: “Allowing expansion where it’s needed will mean some building on the green belt.” An open letter to Dominic Raab.
“This is the most important job of your political career so far – and there’s a lot riding on what you make of it. On this one you need to make a difference.”
Basically, we need to undercut the world. We can do so if we slash red tape and tax. Within a very short period there would be a pronounced Laffer Effect.
The EAW is based on the flawed presumption of judicial parity between European nations. The UK should forge a new partnership where this is actually the case.
Too often it seems as though our perimeters are seen as a problem to be patched-up rather than an asset to be fully modernised.
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.
Andrew Wood: Yes, Singapore really is an example we can learn from. But not for the reasons some Tories give.
It is not especially low tax, nor is it unregulated – though it is certainly a more business-friendly environment then the UK. Here is why it works.
Just 0.6 per cent of London homes – and 0.8 per cent nationally – are vacant for more than six months. That’s down hugely in recent years.
Few people want to stop skilled workers coming to the UK. But many voters understandably want better integration of new arrivals.
A comparison with its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is stark.
Successful Singapore is simply copying what previous Conservative governments have done – namely, to deliver directly hundreds of thousands of new houses.
If it is too exotic a model, try Australia or New Zealand. They, too, have opened their markets, removing tariffs and trade barriers, liberalising their economies.