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Thread: "#Brexit & #Chequers, the sellout. Dump it, let's move on".
I keep hearing "Where is the plan?" and a load of misinformation on #Brexit, pushed on UK media by irrelevant & biased commentators, elevated simply because they are avid Remoaners.
They aim to distract.
We already knew from those tasked with the negotiations, there had been a definite direction of travel & #Brexit plans were well advanced, prior to #Chequers.

David Davis & his team had been constantly rebuffed by Number 10, as they tried to pursue a proper #Brexit plan, but they HAD been making progress.

UKGov had been negotiating with industry since the #Brexit vote, but shifted position totally at the last minute to deliver the #Chequers White Paper.
We saw this clearly, when the heads of UK Services Sector were interviewed at Committee recently.
Many clips to follow :)
Firstly, what did the Services Sector think of #Chequers?
They were taken by surprise & didn't appear amused.

It was only mere weeks before, at Mansion House, where even the Remain side of govt was pushing the 'Mutual Recognition' model.
It changed very quickly, under the #Chequers capitulation, to 'Equivalence', essentially rule-takers.…
"Were you taken by surprise by the govts shift from Mutual Recognition to Equivalence?"
"Are the govt putting too much emphasis on Goods, over Services?"
Pay attention to some of the figures quoted - these people matter.
Were the govt engaging properly with UK Services, prior to #Chequers?
It would seem so, up until the last week or so.
Then they called them up & told them they changed their minds.
Kinda like getting dumped by text, I suppose.
Has the UK Services Sector been properly addressing Contingency Planning, specifically for #NoDealBrexit?
Of course they have, are you nuts? They started the day we voted to leave.
Has #Chequers alleviated the need for Contingency Planning?
Not at all, it clarifies nothing.
If anything Chequers has made the need for alternative plans more real.
The EU, in some instances, limits access for our up & coming digital economy (& others) to non-EU markets.
If we become EU rule-takers, will we stil be constrained?
Of course, that's part of the con.
That full EU Committee interview is available here:…
One positive I took was the pragmatism amongst Services heads.
They all obviously favoured Remain, but are practical & addressing our future under #Brexit.
We have been sold a bum steer by #Chequers.
It is a step backwards & totally flies in the face of 18 months of work with UK Industry leaders.
The fear of becoming 'rule-takers' is palpable.
Chequers WILL force us into a #NoDeal situation.
The Master of Logic @ajcdeane nailed this point weeks ago, before we even saw many developments.
We CAN flourish outside the EU, but we MUST prepare for #NoDeal.
We are literally tying our own hands otherwise.

As an aside, @ajcdeane made another good point last week whilst reviewing the papers.
We really DO need to start talking out the WTO option & see where it needs attention.

Lots of speculation that HMRC won't be ready in the event of #NoDeal.
This has already been debunked.
We CAN do this shit, if we're pushed to it.…
"But...but...Northern Ireland...."
Utter nonsense & a total red herring in the whole #Brexit debate.
Anna Soubry has only recently discovered NI, and you are listening to her?
@eastantrimmp nailed this totally in HoC lately.

We are where we are & we ARE for #Brexit.
#Chequers won't deliver it & unless something changes soon, it's No Deal.
The #PeoplesVote crowd are an irrelevant distraction, they'll achieve nothing except annoyance.
#ChuckChequers, let's get down to business, time is short.
19/19 🙏
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