Done. Also the EU rejects Theresa May’s “Brexit plan” I think at this point there is only Hard Brexit – no deal exit on the table – which is a very welcome solution, my favourite – no one seemed to like Theresa May’s “plan”, Cameron described it in a private conversation with Johnson “the worst of both world” hard brexiteers didn’t like it, mild brexiteers don’t exist, they have never existed the ones who wanted Brexit overwhelmingly just wanted to get rid of the EU, Remainers didn’t like it, remainer in chief Anna Soubry described Theresa May as “moved by the forces of darkness” (?) seriously and the “forces of darkness” allegedly were Jacob Rees Mogg – good shape for the darkness and a lot of money too – and finally the EU in the person of Michel Barnier didn’t like it either. Nail in the coffin, I suppose, what else does Theresa May need to understand that her “plan” is pretty unlikable? She did strike.
According to Jacob Rees Mogg – out of the darkness – we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel: No deal, no ties with Brussels whatsoever and commerce regulated under the easy and welcome WTO rules Link
It’s not just Jacob Rees Mogg who’s not taking a gun to shoot himself in despair because finally the horrible deal was killed off, many people – me included – long for no deal, because no-deal is hard Brexit aka freedom.
I copy & paste some statements about the outcome of a no-deal Brexit and WTO rules from John Redwood’s Diary, the best pen to understand trade and customs and world commerce things without being an expert of such issues personally.
“No Deal” is the WTO global trading option. Far from being without trading rules and without a working system for importing and exporting, the UK would rely on the WTO system for its EU trade just as it relies on that system for the bulk of its trade today which is conducted with non EU states.
“Crash out” are the words often used by Remain to describe leaving without paying the EU £39bn for the privilege of leaving. As we do not owe them any money, most people would call that just leaving, not crashing out. We will not crash, and will have lots more cash.
“Fall off the cliff edge” is another fatuous phrase they use. There is no cliff edge. Planes will fly and lorries will move through ports the day after we leave just as they did the day before. We will carry on trading and travelling, investing and being tourists in each other’s countries, as we do today in numerous non EU countries.
As the bulk of the UK’s trade with the EU is imports, I assume even Mr Barnier will understand they need continued decent access to the UK market. The good news for them is we are offering that, as long as it is reciprocal and within WTO rules.”
I (Paola) think this is very clean and clear as usual on John Redwood’s side, and ironically “even Mr. Barnier understands they need continued access to the UK market”
From Second chosen Article: Let’s thank the Irish PM for showing us how absurd Project Fear has become
“There are international agreements allowing overflights. Irish planes will still fly over the UK once we have left, and UK planes will still fly over Ireland. BA is of course part of IAG, an Anglo Spanish company with a headquarters in Madrid, so does the Irish PM anyway not see that as an EU company that will carry on flying?”
From the Third chosen Article: Trade is mainly about companies and individuals, not governments
“In the never ending UK Parliamentary debates on trade the advocates of us staying in or rejoining the EU customs union, or inventing a customs union with them similar to one we are leaving, never give up and never find any new and convincing arguments. Three times Parliament voted down staying in the customs union by a large majority. Last night Parliament voted it down yet again by a small majority. As someone who likes Parliamentary democracy and thinks things should be settled here by lively debates and votes, I am also allowed to ask how many more times do we have to make the same decision?” (great ed.notes)
From the Fourth chosen Article: The Customs and Trade bills
“On March 29 2019 VAT must become a UK tax which we can change as we see fit. The government agrees.”
“The government has also agreed to accept an amendment which says that the UK would not collect EU customs duties for the EU unless the EU collected UK customs for the UK.
Yesterday’s debate was dominated by people who have never run complex supply chains who were unwilling to accept they work fine with non EU as well as with EU parts. – the Remainers ed. notes – We needed to explain all over again how TIR, Authorised Economic Operators, the WTO Facilitation Agreement, electronic manifests and calculations and checking loads away from the border currently operate to speed goods across borders.”