We need to think this through.
Mr Barnier said:
“The British have a choice. They could stay in the single market, like Norway, which is also not a member of the EU, but they would then have to accept all the regulations and make contributions to European solidarity.
“But if we let the British cherry pick which of our regulations to follow, that would have serious consequences: all sorts of other third countries could insist that we offer them the same deal.
“That would be the end of the single market and the European project. I am often accused of being dogmatic in the UK, but the truth is I’m only protecting our fundamental interests.”
So, what’s the way forward? Protectionism?
EU manufacturers are being told to boycott our goods because they will pay higher tariffs from the end of March next year. The UK will not be able to rely on those markets.
It follows that UK businesses will also have to eschew the use of EU-originated goods – for the same reason.
We’ll have a choice between trading elsewhere – and we all know how well that’s going! – or working hard to become self-sufficient.
That’s protectionism. It is what globalists like the Conservatives have argued against for decades. How ironic that they are leading us back to it.
And it still has a huge disadvantage. It takes time.
There is no easy way out of this. No smart way. All the options are bad and we have only a choice between evils.
That’s Tory Brexit for you. A decision made on false information, on a choice that was offered purely to heal rifts within the Conservative Party – an aim that it failed to achieve.
And the selfish Tory who started this imbecility – David Cameron – didn’t even stick around to see through the consequences of his foolishness. He ran like a scalded pig.
The lesson is clear: Tory selfishness leads to Tory stupidity, which leads to suffering for the people of the UK.
At the next general election we need to make sure they aren’t allowed the opportunity to make matters worse – because, given that chance, they will.
Michel Barnier has warned he is “strongly opposed” to the prime minister’s Chequers proposal on future trade with the EU after Brexit, warning the “illegal” offer would “end” the European project.
In what were some of his harshest words yet for the British government’s plans, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said allowing Britain to “cherry pick” regulations would have “serious consequences”, adding it would be “much easier” if the UK stayed in the single market.
Mr Barnier’s comments came in an interview with newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in which he told European carmakers they would need to shun British manufacturers in order to enjoy low tariffs on their global exports.