BREXIT RANSOM: Tory Brexiteers Deliver Hard Brexit DEMANDS To Theresa May After Key Government Speeches
A group of over 60 Conservative MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May setting out a list of criteria for a hard Brexit, after a series of speeches from May and her cabinet over the last week setting out what Britain’s post-Brexit arrangements with the European Union will look like.
The letter called for “full regulatory autonomy” after Britain withdraws from the EU, which would mean leaving the Single Market & Customs Union along with any other supranational trading arrangements.
The letter, from the European Research Group, reads: “The UK must be free to start its own trade negotiations immediately. Given the lead times for many trade deals, this is essential to minimise gaps between Britain leaving the EU and signing new deals with other countries”
It continues: “The UK should negotiate as an equal partner. Ministers may not want or be able to accept the EU’s timing and mandates as fixed, and should be able to set out alternative terms including, for example, building an agreement based on our World Trade Organisation membership instead.”
“Any ‘implementation period’ should be based on WTO principles. Any implementation period must not restrain the UK from negotiating or signing other trade agreements. Legally, that means it should be an interim period in contemplation of a free trade agreement, compliant with GATT Article 24 (7) b.”
Surprisingly, the signatures are headed off by John Penrose, the Weston-super-Mare MP who campaigned for remain in the 2016 referendum but who appears to have changed tune on the EU.