Starting a collection of reasons why I think EFTA membership might be the way forward for the UK.
1. We would leave the Common Fisheries Policy.
2. We would leave the Common Agricultural Policy.
3. We would respect the 2016 referendum result and Leave the EU.
4. We would safeguard supply chains to our manufacturing sector and other industries.
5. We would avoid the division of a 2nd EU Referendum.
6. There would be no need for the Irish backstop within the withdrawal agreement.
7. We would inherit all the Free Trade Deals already negotiated by EFTA.
8. There is no mention of ever closer union in the EFTA treaties. This is an association based on trade and cooperation.
9. There is cross party support for EFTA in all the Home Nations making it a good option for the Union of the United Kingdom.
10. "The four EFTA States are competitive in several sectors vital to the global economy and score among the highest in the world in competitiveness, wealth creation per inhabitant, life expectancy and quality of life."
11. EFTA members do not come under the jurisdiction of the ECJ.
12. EFTA avoids a blindfold Brexit.
13. No need for a lengthy Free Trade negotiation with the EU.
EU members would not be able to leverage UK territorial waters or UK territory in order to reach an FTA.
14. Limits the impact on EU and UK citizens and families living and working in the UK and EU.
15. We get frictionless access to the EU single market without the huge membership fee.
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