Posted by: westlancashirerecord | September 25, 2018

The Hope Of Plan A+

Remaining a devotee of democracy despite regular insults from Brexit remoaners is challenging. I read about some Tory MPs speaking alongside an ex-Northern Ireland Secretary and ex-Labour MP and Leave campaigner Gisela Stuart to announce the launch of an alternative Brexit plan published by the Institute of Economic Affairs in Whitehall yesterday .

The lengthy report called on ministers to seek a “basic” free trade agreement for goods and pursue “regulatory freedom and trade independence” to allow Britain to strike new free trade deals immediately.

The alternative Plan A+ says grasping the opportunities of Brexit must be made the top priority – instead of being a “damage limitation exercise”. It has been compared to the kind of comprehensive free trade deal Canada has struck with the EU but Mr Rees-Mogg said the name didn’t matter – and instead rested on the PM changing her approach. He also claimed the EU had already offered this more basic approach to a new trade deal.

Author of the IEA report Shanker Singham warned negotiations have been approached from the “wrong end of the telescope” and said his new Brexit plan seeks a free trade agreement for goods. Mr Singham referenced Prime Minister Theresa May comments about a “Brexit prize” during her keynote Lancaster House speech, adding “What is that prize? I think that prize is entirely to be found in your independent trade and regulatory policy. It is nowhere else. If you don’t have an independent trade and regulatory policy as you leave the EU, then this is only a damage limitation exercise. This can only be a bad result.”

Having lived the lies of Edward Heath that “There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice independence and sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified” Prime Minister Edward Heath, television broadcast on Britain’s entry into the Common Market, January 1973, and the cost to the UK since then, over £100billion, it’s time for us perhaps to assume that’s what is good enough for Canada/EU is good enough for UK/EU. Just get on with it!

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