30 Truths about leaving on WTO terms : Global Britain & Labour Leave

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30 Truths about leaving on WTO terms

Publicised jointly by Global Britain and Labour Leave

Why WTO offers a safer haven than the Backstop
by Rt Hon the Lord Lilley & Cllr Brendan Chilton

About the authors…

The Rt Hon the Lord Lilley
The Rt Hon Peter Lilley was a Conservative MP for 34 years being elected at the general election of 1983. He served as a Cabinet minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as Trade and Industry Secretary and as Social Security Secretary. He retired from Parliament at the 2017 general election and became a peer in 2018.

Cllr Brendan Chilton
Brendan Chilton is the General Secretary of Labour Leave and is a Labour Councillor in Kent. Previously a Labour Parliamentary Candidate, Brendan was co-founder of Labour Leave and has served as head of the campaign since 2015. Brendan also heads Labour Future, one of the largest online supporter networks of the Labour Party committed to developing policies to win back working class support in traditional Labour Heartlands.

INTRODUCTION

The best way out of the current impasse over the draft Withdrawal Agreement with the EU would be to accept President Tusk’s offer, made in March and repeated as recently as October, of a Free Trade Agreement involving zero tariffs and including services – extended to the whole UK. That would involve replacing the Irish Protocol in the draft agreement by a commitment by Ireland, the EU and UK that they will retain an invisible border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, as all have pledged to do if there is no Withdrawal Agreement.

As Donald Tusk rightly stated, this is the only potential agreement with the EU compatible with the UK leaving the Single Market and Customs Union – as promised during the referendum and in the Conservative manifesto pledge.

Such an agreement should be relatively simple to negotiate since we start even more closely aligned – with zero tariffs and identical regulations – than Canada and the EU were when they finished negotiating their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

However, in case the EU refuse any substantive renegotiation of the draft agreement, the government should simultaneously complete preparations for leaving without a withdrawal agreement on WTO terms.

Ever since the referendum the Brexit-opposing media have been demonising what they call “No Deal” but should be called WTO +++. The pluses of moving to WTO terms after 29th March are explained in the following chapters.

To read or print out the whole document please click here : https://globalbritain.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/GBLL-paper-30-Truths-Final-05.01.19.pdf

 

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