Re – Seeds of fantasy Read:
Dear Mrs May.
As I understand it your stated aim for the continuing Brexit negotiations is to secure the exact same economic benefits that England now enjoy’s in the EU.
I regret to inform you that you and your Government is labouring under the misapprehension that it will be able to secure a free trade agreement (FTA) outside of the single market that not only covers goods (like the FTA Canada has with the EU) but most services too.
It almost unheard of to have a FTA – one that sits outside of the single market. Because it would have to be approved by 42 regional and national Parliaments in the EU and domestic political objections in other states would stand in the way.
The FTA Canada has with the EU took seven years to negotiate.
You can only have this if you remain in the single market.
Perhaps it is time for you and Government to refresh your thinking on what is the Single Market.
( The single market provides for tariff-free trade between EU countries and a common framework of rules including employment rights, competition policy, consumer and environment protections. EU countries come together through the customs union and apply the same tariffs to goods from outside the union. Non-EU countries participate in both bodies and doing so is the best way of retaining the benefits of EU membership while being outside the EU.)
You will not be able to enjoy these economic benefits outside of the single market and the customs union. Yet you and your ministers keep insisting otherwise.
The reality is if the EU give England any special arrangements, other third countries with whom they have agreements will demand the same too.
For example, just in case you were not paying attention.
Norway has already warned that giving into UK demands for a special trade deal allowing different UK sectors to participate in the single market without being part of it would force Norway to rip up its own agreement with the EU. Not to Mention Ireland.
It is sad as the reality of Brexit becomes clear, to see such a great country unable to change its mind.
You and your ministers keep talking about the desire for a “deep and special partnership” and a “bespoke” UK deal.
Unfortunately time is running out to set out what you believe that bespoke agreement would look like because your Cabinet cannot agree on it.
It is time to do the right thing.
To request in the forthcoming negotiations a stay of execution for a period of six, seven years that will allow your government in the House of Commons an opportunity to debate among yourselves what kind of arrangements is wanted between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
I believe you made a profound mistake in pressing the Article 50 button without working out so many of these details, now there is simply not sufficient time to agree a properly bespoke deal.
While I fully appreciate you inherited the situation if you want to stay in power you should be in the long run open to the electorate to take a different view on whether you and the Government should press on with this process.
A moratorium might salvage the wreckage that is coming out of the Article 50 process and allow you to enjoy the Bayeux Tapestry and weave a country that works for everybody.
Yours Sincerely Anglophil.
The only way Britain can is for Mrs May to do the right thing – by Britain and by Europe – to stop these negotiations and simply.