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Not much remains of Theresa May's red lines after the Brexit deal | Dan Roberts | Politics | The Guardian
It states clearly: “In the absence of agreed solutions, the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with those rules of the internal market and the customs union.” In other words, the UK may not be a member of the single market, or have any direct ability to shape its rules in future, but it could yet have to play by them in perpetuity.
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december 2017 by petej
Brexit means leaving the single market and the customs union. Here’s why | Barry Gardiner | Opinion | The Guardian
Most trade agreements arise from a desire to liberalise trade – making it easier to sell goods and services into one another’s markets. Brexit will not. Brexit arose from key political, rather than trade, objectives: to have control over our borders, to have sovereignty over our laws, not to submit to the European court of justice (ECJ), and not to pay money into the European budget. When negotiations start it will be the first time countries seek a trade agreement with the clear understanding that they are increasing barriers between them.
UK  EU  Brexit  LabourParty  sovereignty  freedomOfMovement  ECJ  singleMarket  customsUnion  trade  politics  dctagged  dc:creator=GardinerBarry 
july 2017 by petej
European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Speech by Michel Barnier at the European Economic and Social Committee
I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and keep all of its benefits – that is not possible.
I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and build a customs union to achieve "frictionless trade" – that is not possible.
UK  EU  Brexit  singleMarket  customsUnion  freedomOfMovement  sovereignty  ECJ  BarnierMichel  negotiations  politics 
july 2017 by petej
The Death of the British Dream | Vanity Fair
Somehow, May faces no opposition whatsoever and no prospect of it. The simple answer is that M.P.s were stunned by the shock of the referendum result last year and remain intimidated by both the pro-Brexit tabloids and the strength of feeling in the country against immigrants, a feeling that will be familiar to Americans. And yet there is no clear majority for all of this within the U.K. population. A mere 27 percent of the country voted for Brexit and those people were misled by Leavers, including Johnson, who said that Britain would retain access to the single market after leaving the E.U., otherwise known as “soft Brexit.” What May proposes, of course, is a much more dangerous “hard Brexit,” with a giddy aspiration of turning Britain into the Singapore of Northern Europe. Unfortunately, an analysis conducted by JPMorgan suggests that sort of geo-economic strategy could only work if firms have access to markets in their neighborhood—and there is absolutely no guarantee of that.

An economy like Britain, which is increasingly knowledge-based, can survive a great amount of chaos, but it seems certain that the fall of sterling and inflationary pressures will impoverish Britons; that many jobs will be lost; and that a likely dropping off in tax revenues means there will be less money to spend on services, particularly the National Health Service. These are things the the Labor Party, the main opposition, cares deeply about. But, as I have explained before, the party has been paralyzed by a fear of its own supporters, who tend to be nationalistic and fear competition for jobs, homes, and services from European migrants. The grim reality is that the possibility of losing these people to the right-wing UKIP party, or the Conservatives, concerns Labor more than the promised hardships of Brexit, which it anyway calculates may play well for it in the future. And that may be why May can get away with an extreme policy that was never explicitly part of the Leave campaign, and for which there is only minority support.

Until Labor confronts its own supporters, or a new center group materializes to oppose Brexit, Parliament will be powerless in the face of a ruthless conservative coup. I don’t see either happening anytime soon.
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january 2017 by petej

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