Although some pretend the UK must choose between binary options, the reality of what is possible is rather different.
Posts Tagged: WTO
The doom-mongers and nay-sayers grumble out of self-interest. Meanwhile, Brexit Britain is strong and set to grow stronger.
Lee Rotherham: Yes, Canada Plus is a real possibility – and the EU’s own history of trade deals proves it
Don’t fall for the Commission’s spin: it has been the guardian of no fewer than 42 different models of association.
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.
I understand the Government’s keenness to achieve a free trade agreement with the EU, but we need to be careful that the price is not too high.
As Michael Gove hints this morning, the Cabinet must finally debate and decide which route it prefers.
We must insist that an “in principle” agreement on trade be reached by the end of March 2018 – otherwise the EU will have us over a barrel.
A weakness in this book is that its support for nation states is predicated on disappointed economic necessity.
According to the latest World Bank report, doing so would risk just 0.25 per cent of British GDP.
Party member opinion on the negotiations is clearly at the harder end of the spectrum on independence and economics – though not invariably on immigration.
I have said previously that I believe the Government has been pursuing a sensible negotiating approach to date. I maintain that view.
In a no-deal scenario, we must be prepared with a detailed plan which takes into account the trading and regulatory differences between industries.
WATCH: Paterson says an assumption that we’re leaving the EU on WTO terms would be “prudent insurance”
He cautions against “dramatic talk” of cliff-edges and crashing out.
The Government should be as Ready on Day One as it can be: Deal or No Deal. To help achieve this end and reboot economic policy, Gove should go to the Treasury.
The truth is that any money committed now will return multiples of cost in a reduced price for an agreement with the EU.