Tory MPs Kicking Off Over Plot to Keep Us in Customs Union

Last night’s FT scoop that “Theresa May’s Brexit advisers” are “secretly considering” keeping us in a customs union with the EU has got members of the European Research Group of Tory MPs kicking off. The story was sent around senior Brexiters last night, who reacted with considerable concern. Such a deal would obviously prevent us from striking trade deals with non-EU countries, one of the key opportunities of Brexit. It has been clear for some time now that the Treasury is lobbying to keep us in a customs union that prevents the UK’s ability to strike out on its own, as Charles Grant has said. As Liam Fox told Bloomberg overnight: “It is very difficult to see how being in a customs union is compatible with having an independent trade policy, because we would therefore be dependent on what the EU negotiated in terms of its trading policies and we’d be following behind that.” So why is May allowing her aides to “secretly” keep us inside? This is yet another example of Number 10 being bounced towards a softer Brexit. Worryingly May has not exactly killed this story in China, she needs to or Tory MPs will be bashing down her door when she arrives home…

mdi-timer 2nd February 2018 @ 8:44 am 2nd Feb 2018 @ 8:44 am mdi-comment Comments
Open Britain Spinning About Trade Deals

Everyone knows Fox cannot sign trade deals until we leave the EU. Do Open Britain think the public are stupid?

mdi-timer 14th December 2017 @ 4:52 pm 14th Dec 2017 @ 4:52 pm mdi-comment Comments
Fox: “I’d Take Up Being a Long Distance Swimmer”

mdi-timer 22nd October 2017 @ 10:36 am 22nd Oct 2017 @ 10:36 am mdi-comment Comments
Fox: “How Much Does EU Want to Punish Britain?”

mdi-timer 22nd October 2017 @ 10:35 am 22nd Oct 2017 @ 10:35 am mdi-comment Comments
Fox: We Won’t Be Blackmailed

Worth reading Pieter Cleppe from Open Europe on why the EU is likely to soften its position and break the deadlock on trade talks and the divorce bill. Davis’ theme yesterday that the UK is being pragmatic and it’s the EU being obstinate is gaining traction…

mdi-timer 1st September 2017 @ 7:33 am 1st Sep 2017 @ 7:33 am mdi-comment Comments
We’re Gonna Build Some Buses and Mexico Is Gonna Pay

The UK will export 90 iconic red London buses to Mexico as export finance worth £1.7 billion enables buoyant Brexit Britain to break free into global markets. Theresa May will today visit the Alexander Dennis bus factory in Guildford today, just one of 137 firms helped by UK Export Finance (UKEF) since it was put under the control of the Department for International Trade.

90 low-emission buses will reduce congestion and pollution on Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma, and will begin transporting passengers from the end of this year. The new Brexit Britain export funding includes;

  • Norton Motorcycle, an iconic British motorcycle brand, selling 1000 bikes a year to Australia, North America, Japan and Europe
  • Design and Projects, a Hampshire-based engineering company, exporting €12 million of rail equipment for a metro line in Bangkok
  • BurntIsland Fabrications Ltd winning a £100 million contract to support an offshore wind farm
  • Distinction winning a $7 million contract to supply the Palm Jumeriah hotel in Dubai with luxury furniture.

Making exports great again…

mdi-timer 23rd August 2017 @ 12:01 am 23rd Aug 2017 @ 12:01 am mdi-comment Comments
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