This was written on August 14th, 2017
“Take care, lest an adventure is now offered you, which, if accepted, will plunge you in deepest woe.” J.M. Barrie
This will not end well for the simple reason that it is impossible for it to end well. When you promise the impossible it is impossible for it to end well.
The current UK Conservative government has led the British people to believe that leaving the European Union (EU) will come at no economic cost and that UK citizens will be able to trade with, and travel to, EU countries much as they can now. Brexit has been defined as the UK exclusively controlling its borders and immigration, walking away from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), ending payments to the EU for membership of the bloc, and being free to negotiate its own trade deals with non-EU countries. After Brexit, the UK will be outside the EU’s single market and customs union.
But, the narrative continues, the UK will be able to replicate all the benefits of the single market and the customs union through a “bold and ambitious” trade agreement with the EU.