Monday, January 21, 2019

How the #BetterDeal proposal can solve the Brexit deadlock

While the usual suspects fight the same, tired fight over Brexit in Parliament, a group of MPs has attempted to change the narrative by proposing a fresh approach.

The "A Better Deal and a Better Future" offers a realistic solution based on Tusk's FTA offer of last year while reaching across the house to offer a compromise: it crucially acknowledges that a deal is preferable and suggests using WTO rules as a temporary backstop should negotiations not be completed in time for 29th March.

Under WTO terms the UK would be able to continue to trade with the EU without having to impose tariffs or quotas in the interim (the ultimate legal authority to grant such preferences is Article 24 of GATT) and without the need to impose a hard boarder in Ireland. 

The proposal is authored by senior Conservative MPs including Steve Baker, Sir Bernard Jenkin, Sir William Cash MP, Lord Lilley and Marcus Fysh MP as well as noted trade negotiator Shanker Singham. It is also supported by Jacob Rees-Mogg, David Davis, Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Priti Patel, Esther McVey and others.

Click here to read more about #BetterDeal.