On the face of it I can accept that TM's deal is a sensible solution to a vote of 52/48. We will half leave the EU.Onelife wrote: ↑10 Feb 2019, 10:52Hi Jack,
This past two years have been a sharp learning curve and will no doubt be an even more daunting one for those who may wish to follow in our footsteps...but this situation is what it is and we have to find a way through it.....For better or for worse history will be our judge but to have never tried is to accept what is wrong.
In reality any solution that makes allies of Barney and myself is doomed. We (the public) will never stop arguing over this.
Unfortunately that is not the case. Japan has already said it will extract better terms from us than the EU. Simply because they need the EU more than they need the UK. It is not a level playing field. This will be replicated across all deals we negotiate.Onelife wrote: ↑10 Feb 2019, 10:52I'm not to worried about our negotiating skills as we won't find ourselves in the same negotiating position we have been in with the EU who didn't want to negotiate because they didn't want us to leave....We will in effect be starting from a relatively level playing field when it comes to negotiating trade deals in a global market place.
We can not negotiate trade deals concurrently. We simply do not have the resources. We will of course go for the best/biggest ones first, but to replicate what we currently have will take decades. All the time lagging behind our competitors, making our position weaker.