Britain is faced with a terrible choice.
The humiliation of a deal dictated by Brussels.
Or the chaos of crashing out of the European Union at the end of March with no deal.
But it's not too late.
We can achieve a better Brexit, one around which the whole country can unite.
Not softer, not harder, but better.
For Leavers, for Remainers. For the young and the old. For people living in big cities and people living in rural areas and small towns.
For Britain as a whole.
To achieve a Better Brexit we need to take four steps. Each step is crucial. Steps 3 and 4 are as important as Step 1 and 2.
STEP 1 – Take Back Control of Brexit
Reject the terms of the current Withdrawal Agreement and get ready to leave the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019
✓ Cancel the standstill transition in which we would be bound by all EU rules but have no vote
✓ Cancel the upfront divorce settlement in which we commit to pay €39 billion without getting anything in return
✓ Cancel the Irish backstop that would split Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK
✓ Leave the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy on 29 March 2019
✓ Leave the jurisdiction of European Court of Justice on 29 March 2019
STEP 2 – Confirm continued membership of European Economic Area (EEA) on an interim basis
Assert our Treaty right to remain part of the EEA after 29 March 2019 and negotiate recognition as an EFTA state
✓Inform all members of the EEA of our intention to remain a party to the EEA Agreement (and retain full access to the Single Market) for an interim period
✓Apply to join EFTA as an associate member and to be defined as an EFTA state for the purposes of the EEA Agreement
✓Negotiate a limited Withdrawal Agreement with EU involving an interim customs union in exchange for a substantial but one-off financial contribution
✓Activate EEA rules allowing temporary controls on free movement
✓Stay out of Schengen open borders regime and bring back British passports
STEP 3 – Negotiate Long Term Relationship from Position of Strength
Freed from the shackles of a punitive deal and safe in EEA, open negotiations of UK’s long term relationship with EU.
✓ Set ambitious vision for relationship involving cooperation on trade, security, research and environmental protection
✓ Take Canada Free Trade Agreement as baseline for UK-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and target better terms in key areas like services
✓ Negotiate with urgency but reject artificial deadlines designed to undermine UK's negotiating position
✓ Negotiate deep and comprehensive FTAs with key trading partners around the world taking EFTA's 26 FTAs with 36 partner countries as a model
STEP 4 – Prepare properly for trade on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms
Implement massive programme of investment to transform UK's ability to trade successfully on WTO terms in case UK cannot accept EU terms for FTA
✓ Invest in state-of-the-art border systems for seamless customs and regulatory checks
✓ Build new facilities at ports around the country to manage flows of goods traffic
✓ Support investment by manufacturing industry to secure long-term competitiveness of supply chains
Do you want a Better Brexit?