‘Chequers’ Brexit plan won’t get past Barnier – so what’s the way forward?

Michel Barnier.

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.

Source: Brexit: Michel Barnier ‘strongly opposes’ May’s Chequers proposals, warning offer would be end of EU | The Independent

7 thoughts on “‘Chequers’ Brexit plan won’t get past Barnier – so what’s the way forward?

  1. jg

    tories and think somehow that does not work, mind you there use to things not working, they make them work by lying, look how well were doing maplins,poundworld, house of fraser, bhs carrililion and homebase, does that sound like success to you, then we have the fitness to work medicals.how many of them are done correctly, then we have a prison service, which when it had proper prison staff and not some contracted out rubbish actually worked, does it now and lastly look at every single tory minister and put your hand on your heart and say could you trust them, I could not I would not let them look after a hamster

  2. Tony

    What other options are left other then a peoples second vote? There is constant in fighting within the Tory party and a weak PM thinking she’s going to succeed with getting a good brexit deal…how more delusional can she be?

  3. Neilth

    Barnier is quite right. UK voted by a tiny minority to leave the EU. It’s a problem of our making and we have to adjust to make things work. The other 27 countries don’t have to do a damn thing. They can carry on as they please and absorb the bits that UK used to contribute to Europe like the medicines testing into their own economies creating more jobs and wealth for themselves and creating more unemployment and poverty for us especially in the regions.
    This was predicted by all of us who supported remain but we were accused of scaremongering.
    The real agenda of the leading advocates of Leave are now becoming obvious. They never wanted a deal which is why they are placing so many ‘red line’ conditions on negotiations. What they really want is to drive the uk into an isolated and therefore much weakened political and economic position forcing us to look elsewhere for the lost support. A quick glance around the world quickly reveals there is only one option and that is to become closer to the US. This is what Liam Fox, Farage and (the American born) Johnson et al have been advocating for years. They see the UKs future as an equal ally with America. Sadly Trump has exposed the futility of this position.
    The UK will be driven to become yet another Client state of US imperialism. Our businesses will become subject to US rules of trade and Our services especially organisations like the NHS will be destroyed by TTIP type rules where they will have to agree to exclusive and binding contracts with American Insurance companies and so on.
    It’s no coincidence that the leading Brexiteers were also supportive of TTIP and many have huge investments in companies that would benefit from the economic disaster we face in less than a year.
    The UK is on the way to becoming the Puerto Rico of the North Atlantic.

  4. nmac064

    The British public only get the harsh realistic facts from the EU, or own government is still telling lies and hiding the extremely disturbing facts from the public. The so-called Cameron referendum remains the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on a whole nation.

  5. Barry Davies

    Strange that we are having to rely on Barmier to give us what we voted for which is out of the EU out of the single market out of the customs union and out of the jurisdiction of the ecj. Mays chequers is remain.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Is that really what “we” voted for? I don’t recall being told the consequences of a ‘Leave’ vote.

    2. keith

      Brexit is long dead – it was never going to go the way the Brexiteers wanted and this is why the Tories are at each others throats – its now time to scarp Brexit before it causes more damage to the country

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