Britain’s exit strategy with the EU is gathering at a terrifying pace and as part of the negotiations the UK is trying to ensure access to a privileged customs union as part of the “Brexit” negotiations. They are also looking at the idea of work visas and industry specific tax breaks.
The government is desperate to produce the best settlement possible for business, as business leaders have strongly been against the UK leaving the zone, but will have to accept that the referendum result is very unlikely to be ignored, and thus will want the government to ensure economic stability by attaining the best deal possible. The UK has strong links with the EU. A hard “Brexit” would potentially be the worst solution for business, especially those in the import/export business. The UK would desperately need to rewrite a plethora of rules regarding customs procedures which would have a devastating impact on those businesses.
Prime Minister Theresa May has kept extremely quiet on “Brexit” so far, even under significant pressure from Labour and also from her own backbenches as those in opposition to her are insisting that there are no plans in place. The government have insisted that there is a plan, but that they’re not going to publicise these due to the potential to weaken their negotiating position. They have also been pushed to trigger article 50, which would begin the two year negotiation on Britain’s exit. The European Union want to begin negotiations as soon as possible. But the UK have determined that the article will not be triggered until at least March. But have been trying to form informal negotiations behind the scenes for some time, despite commission assertions that this would not be able to happen.
Whilst keen on ensuring the best deal for Britain, Mrs May seems to be intent on not being held hostage by the Union. She has consistently stuck to her guns on Britain not having to accept open borders. The open borders policy is one of the most incendiary part of the Union. It is also one of the key factors behind the Britain’s decision to leave the union. It was leveraged to excellent effect by the leave campaign. They managed to use feelings of anti-immigration and fears of Turkey joining the European Union to fantastic effect.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.