Softer Is Better
BSSB.BE The Economist 19.07.2018
* A softer Brexit, is not Brexit. Keeping Britain in a single market or customs union would leave us still in thrall of the EU commission
What is a soft Brexit?
As six senior Conservatives argued for closer links between Britain and the EU they also said Labour and other parties should have a say in the final deal.
The Tory manifesto vowed to withdraw Britain from the single market and the customs union, so that we can end free immigration and quit the EU court.
But Labour has not signed up to that approach, raising the prospect that cross-party talks could lead to a softer form of Brexit which might anger many Leave voters.
A soft Brexit would see the UK have a similar membership of the European Economic Area to that of Norway.
This would mean the country would still have access to the single market, while being able to make deals without the rest of the EU.
It would also see the UK stay within the EU customs union – meaning exports would not be subject to border checks or tariffs.
And a softer Brexit could see the UK making payments into EU budgets and accepting the “four freedoms” of movement of goods, services, capital and people.
Free access for European nationals to work and settle in the UK would also continue.
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