EFTA Court chief talks Brexit

Earlier this month, an interview with EFTA Court President Carl Baudenbacher was reported on the website http://www.eu-infothek.com/ which we thought was very enlightening and deserved a UK audience – so here are some excerpts. We hope the site (and Prof Baudenbacher) doesn’t mind – if so, please e-mail us and we can take this down.

NOTE: Apologies if this is an imperfect translation – feel free to offer a better one!

Brexit i.e. the departure of Great Britain from the European Union, has officially begun. The EU Information Center spoke with the President of the EFTA Court, Carl Baudenbacher, on various models for the future relations between the UK and the continent:   Continue reading EFTA Court chief talks Brexit

Squaring the Circle

Squaring the circle – the Single Market without free movement?

Can the UK after Brexit retain membership of the European Single Market without free movement (FoM)?

Short answer: No.

Long answer?: – read on…

The UK government white paper of February 2017 setting out its Brexit aims and objectives managed somehow to be simultaneously both clear and opaque:

“The Government will prioritise securing the freest and most frictionless trade possible in goods and services between the UK and the EU.  Continue reading Squaring the Circle

Brussels open to UK rejoining EFTA

In a recent article on the POLITICO.EU website it was reported that:

“Brussels is contemplating another way to keep U.K. trade going with the EU after Brexit that would also keep Britain under the EU umbrella — go the way of Norway. 

Brussels now has a plan B: The U.K. could temporarily become a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) while both sides transition into their future relationship, a senior Commission official told POLITICO.   Continue reading Brussels open to UK rejoining EFTA

Defying Gravity

How to Defy Gravity?

 

 

“I don’t want it – No – I can’t want it Anymore;

Something has changed within me, something is not the same

I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game.

Too late for second-guessing, Too late to go back to sleep

It’s time to trust my instincts, Close my eyes and leap!

It’s time to try, Defying gravity

I think I’ll try, Defying gravity

And you can’t pull me down!”

  • Wicked the Musical – ‘Defying Gravity’

 

In a recent report called ‘Can Global Britain Defy Gravity?’[1], trade experts Samuel Lowe and Grant Lewis have explored some of the issues which will be faced by Britain post-Brexit.

The report is well worth a read, and we urge you to do so before you continue reading.

The key parts of the report are reproduced below:

“…where leavers and remainers disagree is on the potential benefits that FTAs with non-EU countries offer relative to the cost that would be paid by losing membership of the world’s largest and deepest, multi-country single market. The following paper attempts to analyse whether it is indeed possible to offset the costs of losing Single Market (and Customs Union) membership via FTAs with other countries.  Continue reading Defying Gravity