Finding a Sensible Brexit

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Series Details 12.12.17
Publication Date 12/12/2017
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For many who campaigned for Remain, the UK government’s offer agreed with the EU on the 9 December 2017 to ‘maintain full alignment’ with those EU single market and customs rules that would avoid a hard border in Ireland re-opened the prospect of a ‘soft’ Brexit. The logic was that if Britain cannot remain in the EU, then the next best economic deal was to negotiate a way to remain inside the EU’s single market and customs union.

In this commentary feature the author argued that while this might be true from an economic perspective. But a soft Brexit would be a bad political outcome.

Instead, a ‘sensible’ Brexit, which retained the best possible levels of access to the EU’s single market but secured the return of sovereign rights, was the way forward.

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Chatham House: Video, 18.12.17: Inside the Brexit Negotiations
ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
Rand Corporation: Report, December 2017: After Brexit: Alternate forms of Brexit and their implications for the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United States

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