Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 07:15:37 AM EST
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Missed opportunity and wasted time by Tories and Boris Johnson in divorce talks with the European Union.
Since the referendum of 23 June 2016, there were many slogans:
- "Takeback control"
- "Get Brexit done"
- "Global Britain"
But until now, these slogans were never put to the test.
As the "economic" Brexit had not yet taken effect.
In fact, for many people, the real consequences of the referendum are only now starting to sink in.
And it turns out: Brexit really did mean Brexit.
You cannot renounce the obligations of a Member State and of the Single Market;
Leave behind an open market based on an ecosystem of common rules, standards and a jurisdiction;
And still maintain the benefits and advantages of the EU and of the Single Market and Customs Union membership.
These new realities, and the concrete problems they pose - from difficulties for UK fishermen to sell their products in the EU to impediments to the mobility of musicians - do not result from EU decisions.
They are the direct, automatic, consequences of the UK's choice to leave the Union, the Single Market and the Customs Union.
You do not have to take my word for it. Let me quote you one title of a podcast and one finding from a report from the UK:
- "Drowning in red tape? UK business, trade and Brexit", asked the UK Trade Policy Observatory from the University of Sussex;