Perhaps the Prime Minister will secure Parliament’s approval. But if she does not, the Conservative Party must choose a direction quickly.
Posts Tagged: WTO
Daniel Hannan: May’s deal. It leaves us facing colonial rule from Brussels, of the sort imposed on Bosnia following the Yugoslav war.
Cowardice and lack of vision have brought us to this pass – facing all the costs and obligations of EU membership, but with no voice, no vote and no veto.
Gisela Stuart: The EU referendum gave the political class a chance to mend its ways. So far, it hasn’t.
There is still time for adoption of a comprehensive free trade deal on offer from the EU and applied to the entire UK, which even now could provide a way forward.
Cox told the Cabinet that the EU’s admittance that the backstop can be temporary was a step forward. He is right, although the devil will be in the detail.
Greg Hands: Remaining in a customs union beyond 2020 would be unacceptable to many Conservative MPs – and here’s why
Some will ask “Trump versus China: where does the UK stand?” The answer will be: “Ask Brussels – as the UK isn’t allowed to have a trade policy of its own”.
Our survey. Brexit preferences. One in ten respondents go for Norway to Canada. Almost half want Canada Plus Plus Plus.
Meanwhile, almost a third of replies support a trade-off over a longer transition and the backstop. Two-thirds oppose any transition extension.
We should not be tied to rules that often apply extreme versions of the precautionary principle that throttle new developments.
The Prime Minister will be under pressure to stand down if she doesn’t junk Chequers.
Contrary to myth, the wise king was demonstrating what was beyond his powers. May has done the same – demonstrating gradually that a Canada Deal or No Deal are the only practicable options.
There is no Commons majority for no deal, for a Canada deal mark two, or at the moment for a second referendum. But there is a majority for EFTA/EEA.
Nick Boles: So you don’t like Chequers. In which case, you need a workable altenative. Here’s mine. What’s yours?
In the long-term, we should be pursuing a Canada-style free trade agreement. In the short, we should park ourselves in the EEA.
Anyone claiming the UK can negotiate meaningful free trade deals while locking itself into the EU rulebook is propagating a delusion.
Steve Bell: I’m a former President of the National Convention. And I oppose Chequers. It’s Brexit in name only.
Let’s accept we will be far better off leaving with a Canadian-style free trade agreement – or, failing that, WTO terms.
Lockwood Smith: Britain has a golden chance to join the biggest free trade agreement in history. But Chequers is likely to wreck it.
The “Common Rulebook” approach is an ostacle to signing up to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Nat Wei: Like Peel versus the Corn Laws, the Conservative Party must use Brexit to slash the cost of living
As he battled the agri-barons, and Thatcher battled the union barons, so we must champion the underdog against the corporatist barons of today.