Generally, you believe in experts. They power your phones. They heal you when you're sick. You trust them on things YOU don't understand. But those you need to speak to don't. So stop quoting expert predictions. Use things we ALL already believe and agree on.
Generally, countries have different laws✅
EU countries make ONE set of laws together✅
Adapting your products to the laws of different countries costs more✅
Getting your goods checked by each country costs money✅
Being in the EU therefore lowers costs✅ #SingleMarket
EU Countries are physically closer✅
Sending goods to China costs more time/money than sending them to France✅
Prioritising trading across larger distances costs more✅
UK negotiating against an EU with a combined GDP 6xUK has not been simple✅
Doesn't bode well✅ #GlobalBritain
@bbcsoutheast decided to see how easy/difficult it would be to export an item from #Switzerland 🇨🇭(outside the EU) to the UK🇬🇧(inside the EU) to get an idea of what British businesses might have to do after #Brexit.
2) It’s obviously not an exact analogy. Switzerland is in the #singlemarket for many goods and in #Schengen, for example. But it’s outside the customs union, so the idea was to get a sense of what friction might need to be tackled.
3/ The item we decided to buy was this (it's a car exhaust):
The EU’s #SingleMarket has increased trade between members by 109% on average for goods & by 58% for tradable services; gains from integration are significantly larger for small open economies than for large EU members; Eastern Europe has been a major beneficiary, #EconomicPolicy
Beneficial effects of the EU are large & getting larger over time; EU is a vector of deep trade integration, going well beyond tariffs cuts; the trade impact of the Single Market is more than three times larger than the effects of a ‘regular’ regional agreement, #EconomicPolicy
In addition, no-one in the #EU is threatening the UK (I wld challenge Hannan to point to one threat that has come from a leading EU politician or negotiator), nor are they stopping the UK from leaving. #Brexit
The EU have been clear from the start that there are many trade models available to the UK & the UK have ruled most of them out. If it feels like the UK has little room for manoeuvre it is because the government painted itself into a corner. #Brexit
Theresa May has always said 'No Deal is better than a bad Deal', but there is a new quality to the No Deal-Talk since #Chequers
The claim that #NoDealBrexit would not be "the end of the word" is a wild understatement. As @anandMenon1@jdportes and otheres have pointed out it would most likely not mean lots of mini-deals, no deal at all, at least in the short term
001/ [article content in this tweet series 001-180 reproduced with permission from Martin Howe QC of Lawyers for Britain @lawyers4britain] #quote "Leaving the EU on WTO terms: pulling down the barriers to world trade
Introduction: why prices will FALL after Brexit, not rise" /002
002/ #quote "Over the past couple of weeks, the media have been full of lurid scare stories about what will happen if the UK leaves the EU on WTO terms, because negotiations with the EU do not result in a withdrawal agreement." /003
As the new #academic year beckons, I'm preparing new lectures and materials, including on the EU single market. The irony that I, as a British citizen, may not be allowed to work in the EU without a visa post-March isn't lost on me.
Given that the UK will be days away from leaving the @DSMeu when I deliver one of the lectures... on the #digital#singlemarket it's going to call for some agile teaching because I have no doubt the UK government will still be making it up as they go along as they have thus far.
However, whatever the stress caused by this, my thoughts will be with fellow British lecturers, academics & researchers in the EU27 and EU27 lecturers, academics & researchers in the UK who do not know their future.
1) Following the failure of any Kent MPs to support business friendly amendments for the Taxation (Cross Border Bill) over the past 2 days we feel the need to explain why VAT is such an important issue for small business.
2) To begin, you have to understand that the #SingleMarket is only a Single Market for countries who are members of it. Businesses from 3rd countries not only have to deal with the taxman in each country they do business with, but also in each country their goods flow through.
3) At present, a UK company selling goods to Germany or providing parts in a supply chain will usually truck these goods via the @Port_of_Dover and land them in Calais. Within the #SingleMarket this is easy as they just pass through France without involvement of the French taxman
#FBPE is on the same side as:
Unite, GMB & Community Unions
CBI, IoD, FSB, BCC & EEF
Labour NW & West Midland MPs
Majority of Labour MP's
Majority of UK population
Majority of Labour members
On: #CustomsUnion#SingleMarket & #PeoplesVote
The transport union, TSSA:
"The left should unite now and come together to stop this Tory act of war against our class...
Supporting Tory/UKIP Brexit is unacceptable class collaboration.
Today is #EuropeDay!
It marks the anniversary of the 1950 Schuman Declaration, paving the way for even greater achievements in the decades that followed. Check out how we communicated about EU milestones through the years…
50 years ago, in 1968, we announced the creation of the #CustomsUnion with the aid of a well sharpened pencil and state-of-the-art technology. #EuropeDay
31 years ago, in 1987, we launched a student exchange programme: #Erasmus
All those years of mobility and cooperation have given Europe an open-minded and entrepreneurial generation of 9 million people. #EuropeDay
I think we need to help Dan. Norway and Switzerland are in the #SchengenArea. Within the Schengen Area people can cross the borders without passport control. Try driving a lorry full of goods into Norway nd Switzerland and you go through customs checks.
This is Svinesund Customs Station at the main border crossing between Norway and Sweden. It can handle up to 2500 lorries a day. Clearing customs usually takes less than ten minutes, but may tale a couple of hours.
This is the Customs station at Svinesund, the main border crossing between 🇳🇴 and 🇸🇪 . It can handle up to 2,500 trucks/day - one truck every 4 min. 10,000 trucks go through Dover every day. Do the maths. It’s not possible. 🇳🇴 is in #SingleMarket but not in #CustomsUnion
But this should also give remainers some hope. I don’t think it will be possible for UK to leave both #CustomsUnion union and #SingleMarket - UK is not in #Schengen - Norway is in both Schengen and SM which makes trade easier, even if there’s a hard border between 🇸🇪and 🇳🇴
Then there’s the Irish Border of course. Again not possible to have a soft border between NI and ROI if UK leaves Single market and Customs Union. Even an EEA, Norway, solution would require a hard border here. Brexit is stupid!
The PM told #Marr the Canada trade deal (CETA) & draft US deal gave some hope that UK financial services access could be similar to existing ‘passporting’ rights with EU because “financial services are referenced” in those texts. But those ‘references’ are pretty derisory…
The EU-Canadian deal does not allow financial services firms to ‘do business’ or ‘solicit’ in each other’s territories without licence (Article 13.7.6). There just aren’t the automatic rights to establish business activities that UK currently has across Europe via #Single Market
Trump administration will not allow UK financial services access to American markets because any trade deal done at federal level won’t override local state-by-state licencing, insurance regs, banking licence conditions etc. So UK firms won’t be able to trade freely in the States
Preventing a Brexit disaster - and the austerity this entails - requires more than the #CustomsUnion alone. So here’s a few reasons why Labour’s frontbench must, as a minimum, now also back the #SingleMarket (other than for the famous ‘four freedoms’):
Yes a Customs Union is needed. It helps 20% of our economy. For the other 80% (and growing!) of our economy, which is in ‘services’, we need the Single Market. The right to export UK service expertise is vital.
With 11% of our tax revenues coming from the UK financial services sector (£66bn), we need the Single Market so it can trade on the same basis as financial firms from the other 27 countries. We can’t pay for our NHS, schools, welfare support without this revenue.