Currently as a EU member state the UK has 73 Members of the European Parliament. There is currently some debate about what should be done with the 73 seats after Brexit.
We would like to make a modest proposal which we hope the EU will find interesting. Why not allocate ten of the soon-to-be vacated seats to non-EU states and territories? Continue reading A modest proposal for the EU
On the 2nd of March 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May made another speech about Brexit and our future relationship with the European Union.
To be honest, there was little in the speech that was new or original, but there were a few sections we would like to highlight.
“Others have suggested we negotiate a free trade agreement similar to that which Canada has recently negotiated with the EU – or trade on World Trade Organisation terms.
But these options would mean a significant reduction in our access to each other’s markets compared to that which we currently enjoy. And this would mean customs and regulatory checks at the border that would damage the integrated supply chains that our industries depend on and be inconsistent with the commitments that both we and the EU have made in respect of Northern Ireland.”
On these points, Mrs May is correct. Neither a CETA or a WTO option Brexit would be good for the UK; as we discuss here.
Mrs May is also insisting that we leave the Single Market, despite admitting some of the problems that would cause:
“I want to be straight with people – because the reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts.
We are leaving the single market. Life is going to be different. In certain ways, our access to each other’s markets will be less than it is now.”
This admission is markedly different from her comments in March 2017 in which she said that we would “trade freely into the European Single Market…the same benefits in terms of that free access to trade”
Continue reading Mrs May’s speech – key points
A curious phenomenon is occurring, where MPs who previously supported negotiating a Norway or Switzerland-style relationship with the EU are now mysteriously changing their minds for flimsy reasons.
Controversial MP Marcus Fysh who once supported the Single Market and UK rejoining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) has now renounced the idea in an article in the Telegraph (surprise, surprise).
His fellow MP, Antoinette Sandbach has replied to his Telegraph article with the below letter:
Courtesy of the Politwoops website we can see that Mr Fysh has been busily deleting tweets that tie him to his former stated beliefs: Continue reading Response to Marcus Fysh MP