Judges wrote: ↑
Fri May 12, 2017 9:55 am
Sheff_Blade wrote: Judges wrote: ↑
Thu May 11, 2017 10:50 pm
.... Labour would seek to end free movement but not shut the door on the single market, the customs union or participation in EU agencies ...
And there you have it. EVERYBODY says, no freedom of movement then no single market or customs union. On that basis then it is virtually certain there will be no agreement. End of. Therefore a labour government would NOT take us out of the EU. Is that clear?
But that would be the best deal for Britain wouldn't it, no freedom of movement but access to the single market and customs union.
Mrs May says she will negotiate the best deal for Britain. Her aim is still no freedom of movement but access to the single market etc.
I haven't a clue what you're talking about so let's try and keep things simple. Three outcomes out of a host of possible scenarios:
a) UK is a member of the single market ie no tariffs or restrictions whatsoever
b) UK has access to single market at better than WTO terms (X% tariff, less than WTO)
c) UK has access to single market on WTO terms
Assuming the next Government insists on 'no freedom of movement', then
a) will never happen, the EU will not allow it.
c) is hard Brexit and unacceptable to Corbyn, but the fall-back position of May.
That leaves b) and the negotiations will determine the X% tariff, which the incumbent PM will declare a victory.
As far as I'm aware the Labour manifesto states that if no acceptable agreement is made on b) then they will not leave the EU.
So if it were trade unionists negotiating an annual pay increase, then this is equivalent to the TU-side saying that if they don't come to a satisfactory agreement with management then they will abandon the annual pay increase until next year.