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As if on cue to support my argument about Britain being unable to square the circle.

UK unlikely to stay in single market, Tory document suggests | Politics | The Guardian

Britain is unlikely to be able to remain a member of the single market, according to a document photographed in the hands of a senior Conservative official on Downing Street.

A handwritten note, carried by an aide to the Tory vice-chair Mark Field after a meeting at the Department for Exiting the European Union, could be seen to say: "What's the model? Have cake and eat it."

The article is not arguing that the UK government will want to stay in the EEA though.

UK unlikely to stay in single market, Tory document suggests | Politics | The Guardian

The document appears to reflect a discussion about the prospect of a trade deal like that of Norway, which is a member of the European Economic Area.

"Why no Norway - two elements - no ECJ intervention. Unlikely to do internal market."

That appears to refer to the drawbacks of taking on the Norwegian model, which has the country outside the EU and its customs union, but inside the single market.

The reason Brexit supporters do not want to follow that idea is the requirement that Norway accepts free movement of people and is under the jurisdiction of the European court.  

by fjallstrom on Wed Nov 30th, 2016 at 01:38:12 PM EST
have cake and eat it is exactly what they won't get. It will be a hrd brexit and it's cold out there

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 30th, 2016 at 07:38:23 PM EST
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Since all the Brexit luminaries (Johnson, Fox, Gove, etc) promised an exit from the single market (i.e. the EEA) I agree it is not likely for the UK to remain a member of the EEA in the long run. However, technically the referendum did not question this membership, therefore it provides an important margin of manoeuvre to the government.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.
by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Wed Nov 30th, 2016 at 08:18:02 PM EST
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