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A no-deal Brexit won’t result in a siege. The EU will be more clinical than that | Tom Kibasi | Opinion | The Guardian
Instead, the EU’s response to a no deal will be strategic: opening up advantage, sector by sector, calmly and patiently dismantling the UK’s leading industries over the course of a decade. They will eat the elephant one bite at a time. The problem with abandoning the rules of the international order is that you no longer enjoy their protection.

A no-deal Brexit would hand the EU enormous power: it would decide how and when to introduce new frictions between the UK and the single market, giving sufficient time for firms like Airbus, Nissan or AstraZeneca to relocate production. As recent decisions have demonstrated, even seemingly fixed capital investment is more mobile than many Brexiters imagine.

The EU would set out a timeline over which it would introduce compliance and rules of origin checks on the UK’s most competitive exporting sectors. It is not hard to imagine checks on automotive parts from 2021, pharmaceuticals from 2022 and aerospace from 2023, alongside constantly shifting sands of equivalence for financial services. This would allow firms an orderly departure from the UK to the single market. It will be a steady drift away from the UK, not an avalanche. Moreover, the absence of any agreement would mean lasting uncertainty that would deter future investment. The UK is particularly exposed in this regard: our serious lack of competitiveness is demonstrated by persistently large trade deficits. This means the UK is heavily reliant on foreign investment – the “kindness of strangers” – which would likely collapse. It is not hard to imagine a future government going cap in hand to the IMF for a bailout.
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6 weeks ago by petej
Will Nissan stay once Britain leaves? How one factory explains the Brexit business dilemma | News | The Guardian
“The deal [is] tangible evidence of the benefits to the UK of membership of the European Community; Nissan [has] chosen the United Kingdom because it [gives] them access to the whole European market. If we were outside the community, it is very unlikely that Nissan would have given the United Kingdom serious consideration as a base for this substantial investment.”

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In fact, after Cornwall, the north-east receives England’s second-highest amount of EU structural funding proportionate to its population, according to a report compiled before the referendum for Sunderland’s public and private sector partnership, the Economic Leadership Board. The current round of EU funding, being managed by the region’s local enterprise partnership, is £437m between 2014 and 2020. Nissan itself, according to Farnsworth’s research, has received £450m in loans from the European Investment Bank, and £347m in grants and other public funding, from the UK and EU.
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october 2018 by petej
In Brexit Britain there will be no benefit caps for the multinationals | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
Where this takes you is to the dirty secret of the British business model. From Margaret Thatcher onwards, successive governments have lured multinational investors by promising them access to the single market, a cheap, biddable workforce and a bunch of corporate sweeteners.
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november 2016 by petej
After Brexit, I was abused for driving a car with French plates. Britain is on the verge of a nervous breakdown | Voices | The Independent
I went to Brussels as a Eurosceptic (in Margaret Thatcher’s “money back” days) and left as a pragmatic, critical pro-European. It seemed to me – and still seems to me – that the EU is a muddled answer to a legitimate question, which cannot easily be answered in any other way.

If the Europeans were to invent the EU from scratch, it might take a somewhat different form but would end up with the same strengths and the same weaknesses. It is absurd to say. as the Brexiteers say, that the EU “cannot be reformed”. It has changed enormously since I was first there in the 1980s. The butter and wheat moutains are no more. The single market is a reality, not an aim. The eastern Europeans have been brought back into the democratic family of Europe.

All of these things were once British objectives. All have been delivered. Apart from the single currency – probably a mistake – the EU has been “reformed” to British design.
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july 2016 by petej

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