Theresa May government publishes white paper on Brexit

Irving Hamilton
July 13, 2018

Extracts of Mr Davis's alternative White Paper, published on the ConservativeHome website, show that the former Brexit secretary was planning a "Canada plus plus plus" free trade deal based on mutual recognition of independent systems of regulation.

The long-awaited document proposes keeping Britain and the bloc in a free market for goods, with a looser relationship for services.

The document also stressed the increasingly online nature of crime, saying that "malicious cyber activity knows no global boundaries and has grown in terms of intensity, complexity and severity over the course of the last year" and called for increased cooperation in this area.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister was accused by Leave Means Leave of having "completely ignored the concerns raised at Chequers" over her super-soft Brexit proposals, despite "resignation after resignation, humiliating polls and a damning public indictment".

"The UK is being constructive, collaborative and realistic". The other big sensitivity in this section will be the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The white paper said the immigration plans were "consistent with the ending of free movement, respecting the UK's control of its borders".

Now, according to details of a confidential joint UK-India Trade Review released to "Greenpeace Unearthed", it would appear that India would be among the countries unlikely to reap many post-Brexit benefits.

The government's proposal for a new financial services arrangement post-Brexit will effectively make it more hard for Britain's banks, insurers and asset managers to do business across the European Union. It would also make free trade deals with countries with different standards, like the U.S., much less likely.

- Continued security co-operation, participation in Europol and a range of European Union agencies.

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The government is keen to address business demands that they only need to go through one approval mechanism to access both markets, in highly regulated parts of the economy. This is described as a "common rulebook" in the white paper.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, also welcomed the United Kingdom proposals but stressed they respect the "integrity of the union and internal market".

Free trade would not apply to services, which account for 80 per cent of the British economy.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads the influential European Research Group of Tory eurosceptics, said: "Taken as a whole this recreates numerous worst aspects of the EU the British people voted to leave". Such a resolution would avoid disruption to automakers and other manufacturers that source parts from multiple countries.

This is a red-line issue for Brussels as it is considered "cherry-picking" of part of the four indivisible freedoms.

"The Scottish Government has been consistently clear that the best way to protect Scotland's interests and foster future growth - short of full EU membership which the people of Scotland voted for - is continued membership of the European single market and customs union".

Despite the anger of the City of London Corporation and The City UK, some groups are positive about the white paper's position.

But there are hints in this document of what could be to come - it sets out proposals for a mobility framework, which is pretty standard in trade agreements.

The 100-page document reveals that citizens coming to Britain from the continent will be allowed to "travel freely. for tourism and temporary business activity".

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