We will all have to wait until after the autumn’s federal election in Germany until the negotiating positions of the two sides start to firm up.
What is strange about the Irish Government’s approach is its lack of overt support for a free-trade agreement between the UK and the EU.
Most people in both camps are interested in getting the best outcome starting from where we are. Here’s how.
Such a phased withdrawal is not necessary, and it provides unnecessary succour to those as yet unreconciled to our leaving the EU.
For all the talk of an “off the shelf” solution, those available would cross Brexiteer red lines.
He says he wants “tariff-free access to the single market and a partnership with Europe in the future”.
Rather than price caps and nationalisations, there is a chance to help consumers with tax cuts and regulatory reform.
The clock is ticking, and business and the public need to see that the Government is gripping the complexities of the process.
Our population could grow by just over 11 million by 2039 – two thirds of which would be the result of the direct and indirect effects of immigration.
A six-year move from referendum vote to full sovereignty, rather than a sudden ripping away of all ties, is surely what a successful departure looks like.
As those familiar with SNP white papers might expect, ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’ is an exercise is misdirection.
They will want to ask themselves if they really want to spurn last year’s referendum result and the Party’s manifesto commitment.
Having attacked EEA membership as a bad deal during the referendum, they now pretend it is a good idea in the hope of preventing Brexit.
It backed nationalisation in the ’40s. It opposed Thatcher’s economic policy in the ’80s. It supported the Euro in the ’90s. And now it wants Single Market membership.
Guido Fawkes, Tom Newton-Dunn and the Evening Standard diary banded together to suggest that I was about to do a far, far better thing than I have ever done…