We have long argued that we do not need to be in the EU to trade with it. Plenty of other countries trade with the EU and do not have to abide by all its laws. Confirmation of that fact comes from none other than the UK Government. In a reply to Lord Stoddart, here is the proof that outside the EU we will be able to have a trade-only based relationship with the EU:
Lord Stoddart: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 6 December (WS 76-7) on the European Union Foreign Affairs Council, whether the outcome of the negotiations with Japan, Canada, Singapore and Morocco will require those countries to adopt all the legislation and regulations that apply to countries in the single market.
Lord Green: It is not the case that as a result of these trade negotiations the countries concerned will have to adopt all the legislation and regulations that apply to EU member states.
The aim of these negotiations is to eliminate, as far as possible, duties applied to trade in goods and to address non-tariff barriers that affect trade in goods in services-ie rules, regulations and practices that affect market access. Non-tariff barriers can be overcome through a variety of methods. These include the adoption of international rules, mutual recognition of approaches to testing, standards, et cetera, and commitments to end discriminatory practices.
The EU-enthusiast scare stories won’t work. We can be more prosperous, democratic and free outside the EU.