According to reports in the Independent yesterday, senior EU figures stated that the United Kingdom has already “agreed in principle” to a Norway-style Brexit transition period. This will likely mean that the United Kingdom will have to adopt all new EU rules with absolutely no influence at all.
We will be forced to contribute huge sums to the EU budget, continue with free movement of people and our legal system will remain under the jurisdiction of the ECJ. But worst of all: we will NOT be able to negotiate any new international trade deals during this period.
Labour’s Shadow Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner suggested earlier in the year that such a model would render the United Kingdom as nothing more than a “vassal state.” The Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts said that the United Kingdom would go along with this proposal for at least two years after Brexit.
Following these revelations, Conservative MPs have also told Theresa May that Britain must not be bound by EU rules during the Brexit transition period.
Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg told The Independent: “If civil servants are doing that then they are surreptitiously wiping out the Prime Minister’s red lines.
“She has been clear that leaving the European Union means that we are no longer subject to the Court of Justice, that we stop making payments and that we control our own borders.
“If the transition doesn’t give us those then it isn’t a transition, it is remaining a member of the European Union and it is simply an extension of our membership without any votes – that would be a negotiating failure for the Government.”
This all means that Britain will continue as a member of the EU in all but name until at least December 2020. This is not what we voted for!
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