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Thread #166500 Message #4004251
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
12-Aug-19 - 10:15 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit V. The umpire strikes back...
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit V. The umpire strikes back...
Nigel. I laid out my ideas in the last thread. 08 Aug 19 - 11:18 AM. I said as much in the first post on this thread. To save you the trouble of looking it up, here they are again
Leave the EU
Apply no tariffs to EU produce
Remain in the customs union
Allow movement of EU citizens but apply more stringent controls.
The EU may not agree but at least this could salvage something without alienating half the electorate or more. What are you suggesting apart from like it or lump it?
Speaking of which, there is another viable alternative. Those who want to leave Europe can fuck off to the USA, China or Russia. The rest of us can stay where we belong and invite other non-partisan Europeans to fill the gaps.
Over to you.
As you say, the EU might not agree with your suggestions, in fact probably would not agree. So it is not a viable alternative.
Similarly Theresa May's 'agreement' is not acceptable to Parliament, so also not a viable option. (and the EU claim there is no other possible agreement available)
Staying in the customs union would prevent us making separate deals with countries outside the EU, and so would mean we would still be importing goods with tariffs based on protectionary measures which are designed to benefit (some) EU nations.
As for your final suggestion: Those who want to leave Europe can fuck off to the USA, China or Russia. It would make as much sense for the Europhiles to go and live in Europe, and leave the UK for those who believe in the ability of the country to prosper without external control.