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1. So it's like this see. As per Cohen's article, the reason we went for the "Norway option" was in recognition of one fact: They said the EU could not become a superstate - except when you look at the complexity of exit it becomes abundantly clear that we are already there...
2. The Brexit process has show the difficulty of getting out in one piece. There are intractable dilemmas and there's no optimal combination where we get everything we want. So we had to look at the options that best serve the direction of travel.
3. What we didn't want is to be lingering in transition for years and we didn't want a universe of legacy problems that came with it. Nor did we want a cliff edge that would see us sliding in the economic rankings. We were going to have to do it slowly and carefully.
4. So the EEA looked like the best way to protect the economy while keeping the regulatory problems to a minimum, allowing us to accomplish the first and important step - leaving the EU. Being in Efta would put is in a completely separate bloc.
5. It had the obvious merit of softening the economic blow which would have neutralised most of the opposition in that their economic scaremongering would carry little weight. We wouldn't be having all this panic about supply chains and jams at Calais.
6. We could then set about further configuring and modernising the EEA through the institutional mechanisms and disconnecting ourselves gradually through the use of opt outs and safeguard measures.
7. But we lost the argument on that because remain successfully lodged the notion that FoM was non negotiable and that we would be taking all the rules with no say - none of which was true but they lied through their teeth anyway.
8. And instead of accepting the result, the likes of the Economist, New Statesman and Guardian etc persisted in proliferating these falsehoods, and continuing to repeat the mantra that Brexiters had no plan (despite knowing about Flexcit which is now five years old).
9. So successful was this anti-EEA propaganda that the ERG adopted it wholesale and Guido, Telegraph and CrapX all joined in repeating the same falsehoods to the point where the option faced near universal opposition.
10. So now we are face either a long transition and a suboptimal deal - worse than Norway - or a no deal Brexit where there's a body blow to the economy and we end up grovelling back to the EU for a deal when Tory fwee twade fantasies fall flat on their face. Just like we said.
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