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Still no clear Brexit positions...  
« on: May 22, 2017, 05:19:55 PM »
Still no clear Brexit positions...

As you can imagine at Labour Leave HQ to say we are frustrated with the lack of unambiguous commitment to departing the EU from the current leadership of our party would be an understatement. This is without mentioning the rather ludicrous statements from some MPs such as Chuka Umunna, Heidi Alexander, Chris Bryant and oh Owen Smith (remember him?) who seem apparently oblivious that formally leaving the EU but retaining membership of the Single Market and Customs Union is quite patently the worst of both worlds.
Moving on what is clear in the opening shots from the EU, including Angela Merkel yesterday, is that the EU wants more money. That is hardly surprising, after Germany we are the main net contributors to EU finances so they need our money. This is why they are attempting to insist that our future contributions, namely the Brexit Bill, be fully agreed before any trade negotiations can begin. This defies both the clear meaning of Article 50 and their ‘nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’ mantra, because of course EU officials drop their so called principles as soon as it suits them. This also contradicts their stated desire to resolve the Northern Irish border issue early on because naturally that is tightly bound up in how UK-EU trade will function after we’ve left.
We hope and expect the risible demand to agree future contributions before anything else is agreed, will be fudged, and that it is likely UK negotiators will give assurances to accept some payment, provided the trade deal to be negotiated doesn’t attempt punishments for leaving through onerous tariff or nontariff barriers to future trade.
Our negotiating partners we know, especially given their treatment of the former Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis, will attempt all sorts of subterfuge. But if they want any further financial support from us in the end they will have to drop the nonsense, otherwise we will simply walk away.      

Yours sincerely, 

Ed Rennie, 
Labour Leave

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