"Communication needs to be enhanced"by Ben Howlett / January 11, 2017 / Leave a comment
The Prime Minister has instructed the government to quietly consider what the UK’s position should be as we approach Brexit negotiations, and there are some merits to this approach. To exhaustion we all understand that Brexit means Brexit—we are leaving the European Union. But for this phrase to have any meaning, the government must provide further detail.
I welcome the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that she will flesh out the government’s vision for Brexit later in the month, but for our exit to be successful, the government must consider process as well as policy. And all of us must stop seeing ourselves as the 48 per cent who (like me) voted to remain and the 52 per cent who voted to leave, as remainers and leavers. Now is the time to come together as one nation—and ambitiously strive towards a better vision for our relationship with the EU.
There will be big policy questions to answer as we enter negotiations; will we retain membership of/access to the single market? Will we be members of the customs union? How do we control immigration? Will we fall back on World Trade Organisation or European Free Trade Area/European Economic Area rules? Will there be transitional controls? What impact will this have on jobs and economic growth?