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BREXIT – The Truth Dawns

This might be the most important post about Brexit that you read this year. Please share it once you have read it. 

Disclaimer: In this post, we are going to exclusively talk about observable, verifiable facts. We will provide links.

Where something in this article is just our belief or opinion we will try to specify that clearly. If you see something incorrect contact us and we will be happy to change it.


This week, Theresa Mary May MP, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is due to make a speech in Florence

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MPs and Journalists are ruining Brexit

In the old BBC cartoon series ‘Monkey Dust’ there was a character called ‘Work Experience Kelly’, a teenager who couldn’t follow even the most basic instructions.

When asked to go fetch a file or make a cup of tea; she would put a fork in a live electric socket or flush her head down the toilet saying “this is what you told me to do” by way of explanation.

Continue reading MPs and Journalists are ruining Brexit

Brexit Heaven or Hell?


Brexit Heaven or Brexit Hell?

It is our opinion that the UK should not seek to maintain membership of the EU or its Customs Union (or an approximation of it). 

In order to pursue a ‘Global Britain’ strategy, the UK must be free to strike trade deals across the world, free from the Common external tariff (CET) and common commercial policy.

This approach comes with both risks and opportunities.

  • Potentially, the UK might leave the EU on Friday, 29 March 2019 with no free trade agreements with the EU member states or with any country anywhere in the world and be forced to trade with the rest of the world on WTO (world trade Organisation) terms. Our view is that this would be catastrophic for the UK economy and jobs. 
  • On the other hand, the UK could become a global nexus of free trade, unparalleled anywhere in the world. This would usher in a new era for the UK on the world stage.

Continue reading Brexit Heaven or Hell?

German experts urge UK EFTA return


<<UPDATED 23/06/2017 with official translation link>>

As reported this week in German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,[i] Economic experts from the Federal Government’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs have written a letter[ii] to the German Minister for Economic Affairs Brigitte Zypries, warning about the potentially serious consequences of Brexit.

According to the report, the letter (dated 28th April 2017) says that the process of Brexit poses “risks of unnecessary damage to economic relations”.

The letter (which we have translated to the best of our abilities) makes some interesting suggestions and recommendations.

It states that the 2 year Article 50 period will be too short to conclude a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and so the period should either be extended, or the UK should rejoin EFTA (The European Free Trade Association) as an interim step or as part of a more permanent solution . 

Read the letter HERE 


[i] http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/wirtschaftspolitik/brexit-wirtschaftsexperten-aeussern-sich-besorgt-15021078.html

[ii] http://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/DE/Downloads/B/brief-neugestaltung-wirtschaftsbeziehung-mit-grossbritannien.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=8


Story also discussed here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/19/german-business-leaders-conservatives-tories-rethink-plan-leave-single-market-trade-eu

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