The thinking is that any deal can be unpicked at a later date. But does it work like that?by Aarti Shankar / August 14, 2018 / Leave a comment
In recent weeks the government has stepped up its rhetoric on a no deal Brexit. Liam Fox recently suggested that this has become the most likely outcome due to “intransigence” from the European Union. Jeremy Hunt has toured member states warning of the geostrategic risks of no UK-EU agreement.
However, another approach is also gaining traction among Brexiters—that the government should just “get over the line” in negotiations, agree an orderly exit in March next year, and sort out the future relationship later on. Proponents of this strategy suggest the UK could agree to a Norway-style arrangement to avoid the economic turmoil of “no deal” in March, and then over time move to a looser agreement with the EU. A suggestion along these lines recently featured on Conservative Home. Elsewhere, the Financial Times reports that Michael Gove has privately raised this option.
While some Leavers would be strongly opposed to accepting a European Economic Area-style arrangement (especially if accompanied by a customs union), other Brexit-supporters view this as a sensible strategy. It would remove the intense time pressure of Article 50. The politics…