Unless either the UK or the EU want a trade war, its most likely consequence would be making use of a mass of small deals to achieve sizeable gains.
Tomorrow marks the anniversary of Peel moving his great measure – to which much of the Lords was also opposed.
The effects of Britain’s EU experience and of the Trump admistration’s stance are two big unknowns.
Do it well, and we could help world trade as well as our own interests.
While Tusk and Barnier fume, the member states sound rather more emollient.
We were told that we needed the EU to get trade deals agreed that would help us. Now look at what’s happened.
Far from being a johnny-come-lately to the cause of defending the National Health Service, support for it once cost the former Cabinet Minister his job.
And Labour is torn between between exploiting those perils and being seen to cooperate with the Government on the EU.
Plus: Why Michael and Sarah Gove’s pillow talk should be taped. And why I have under-estimated Donald Trump.
Plus: The ludicrous Evan Harris. My broken mobile. The menace of TTIP. The smears of Yvette Cooper. And: why Polly Toynbee swiftly changed the subject.
Conservatives should be very wary of the deal as a whole, reject part of it outright, and exclude our health service from it.
Plus, we welcome a new Italian MEP to our group, as one of our former colleagues becomes President of Poland.
TTIP offers huge benefits on both sides of the Atlantic. We shouldn’t allow indecision and misinformation to derail it.
It gives free trade a bad name with the Left, causes delays in getting progress on market access, and leaves us unable to shape an agreement which suits us.