The UK Government’s approach to Brexit is at last slowly being spelled out. The objective is for the UK to once again take its rightful place
ruling the waves at the heart of the world’s
trade network, in free trade arrangements with all countries across the whole globe and
being subject only to rules made in the sovereign parliament of these islands,
and not to any other jurisdiction, especially if there are any foreigners
The strategy for achieving this is firstly to remove the UK from the world’s largest and most successful free trade area sitting on our doorstep, with which we conduct around half our trade, and subsequently negotiate free trade arrangements on a bilateral basis with a host of other countries further away.
It’s certainly an ‘interesting’ approach, but it’s being driven by an absolute determination to do something called ‘controlling our borders’ which apparently means that foreigners will not be allowed in, unless they’re doctors, nurses, bankers, plumbers, builders, fruit pickers, or in any other way essential for the UK economy. But ‘we’ will have control. Honest.
In other news, the minister for exiting the EU, David Davis, writing in the Sunday Times, has said that “It is absolutely in our interest that the EU succeeds”. It turns out that the EU is a damned fine idea after all for those European chappies; just not for we British. And we don’t want it to fail at all.It’s funny though – I must have imagined all those stories before and since the referendum when the Brexiteers told us that the EU was a failing project which was going to fall apart anyway, let alone those stories which had Brexiteers rubbing their hands with glee at the thought that other countries would follow the UK’s example and hold their own exit referendums. Like this one for instance by someone called David Davis who described the EU as “a crumbling relic from a gloomy past”. I wonder what became of him?