A. This is nothing but a platitude, and a pre-emptive argument against a customs union, which imposes a common external tariff.
In truth, we trade globally through the EU, and play an important role in deciding what tariffs the EU sets.
A. Another platitude. At the moment, we are a member of the EU. We help to write its rules. Therefore the EU's rules ARE our rules. If we don't like a rule, we can opt out of it or use our veto.
A. What this actually means is we need a NEW plan for global trading to replace the excellent plan we already have. In short, we already trade globally through the EU. As does the world champion exporter Germany.
A. This is nonsense, and is understandably against EU rules. No company in the world would allow a partner to negotiate independently with a competitor for personal gain while still sitting in on board meetings.
That, after all, is what a transition period is for.
A. This is a particularly misguided statement. We WERE an equal partner in the EU before triggering Article 50. In fact, some would even say we were a more privileged partner than others.
Indeed, we even ...
However, Brexit has diminished our position. And once we leave, we will only be a single nation, while the EU will be a union of 27 nations, with 31 inside the Single Market, and 3 in the G7.
We will not be its "equal".
A. This is a monumentally dishonest statement. We cannot enter an implementation period until AFTER we have left the EU. So what Rees-Mogg really means is that he wants a cliff-edge Brexit at any cost.
It seems that the well being of the UK is utterly irrelevant to Rees-Mogg. He does not want an ordered Brexit. He desires chaos. He wants antagonism, resentment and hardship for the UK. His demands are a sales pitch for disaster capitalism, and nothing more.