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Pete North @PeteNorth303
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1. So I *could* do another thread on why the EEA is the best option but then I'll get a torrent of whining from ultra #Brexit idiots. So let's just cut to the chase. Yes, the EEA is suboptimal. Tough...
2. Leavers have whinged about every single alternative suggestion - suggestions which have been widely panned not only by leavers but also by Brussels. That's because these convoluted workarounds are trying to deliver the impossible.
3. The fact leavers can't bring themselves to admit is that regulatory harmonisation is a fact of life if you want frictionless trade. There is no cake and eat it option and the EU will make no special exceptions for the UK. Why should it?
4. And why should hard liners be listened to? If you're going to stamp your feet at every suggestion, why shouldn't you be ignored - not least when you;re not willing to supply a credible alternative?
5. All we get from the hardliners is a retreat into rhetoric about the "largest mandate in history". Sorry but that isn't good enough. You don't own my vote and though I voted leave I didn't vote to terminate all formal trade relations with the EU.
6. If the referendum proposition was a binary choice between Remain and the Toryboy "fwee twade" vision - and we'd debated Brexit on those terms, leave would have lost hands down. The ultras do not have a mandate for their agenda.
7. Moreover, you don't get to cry betrayal because Vote Leave refused to publish a plan. Some chickenscratch ramblings from Dominic Cummings on the most seismic political change on modern British history does not constitute a plan.
8. The Tory ultras have created the policy vacuum by refusing to provide a workable Brexit policy thus have no right to wag their fingers. There is no time left for any more bickering and they've shut down all the other avenues. It's EEA or a trainwreck Brexit.
9. Now think about this in the long term. What does a trainwreck Brexit achieve? the Tories will be out on their ear and the next administration will have to repair some of the damage. What do you suppose they will do?
10. A Corbyn administration will likely dither - and sooner or later will collapse because it will probably be an uneasy coalition propped up by Lib Dems and SNP. What sort of deal do you think they will then cook up?
11. If we go for the smart Brexit now, joining Efta and keeping the EEA, the issue can always be revisited. It at least parks the issue somewhere safe where Labour probably won't meddle with it. We are then at least out of the EU with a stable agreement.
12. We can see how that pans out and then if it's not working we can use the combined strength of Efta to renegotiate the EEA. We won;t get all of what we want immediately but Brexit was always going to be a process rather than a one off event. This at least gets us out of the EU
13. The bottom line is that "no deal" cannot stay "no deal". Trade relations will have to be repaired - but it will be in acrimonious circumstances having left a huge hole in EU finances. That will more likely see us becoming a vassal state.
14. Superficially walking away may seem appealing but politically, long term, it is a disaster for the UK, and in the end will weaken the UK's ability to stand up to the EU. We'll get railroaded into something far worse than the EEA. Take the win you have now.
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