Barnier blows whistle and CBI appeals for time.
BBB has always argued that what we have already in border terms between the North and South of Ireland is about as frictionless as you can get. Any changes to that arrangement, in the context of Brexit, would only add friction and certainly not be seamless as the Tory’s argued.
Underscoring the indivisible nature of the three freedoms Michel Barnier has gone further claiming that British politicians don’t understand that a post Brexit can’t deliver frictionless trade.
Its quite a put down but a badly needed claification. Here’s what he’s said.
“These three points were already made clear, very clear, by the European Council and by the European Parliament but I’m not sure whether they have been fully understood across the channel.
I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and keep all its benefits – that is not possible.
I have heard some people in the UK argue that one can leave the single market and build the customs union to achieve frictionless trade – that is not possible. The decision to leave the EU has consequences and we have to explains to citizens, businesses and civil society on both sides of the channel what these consequences mean for them
There is no punishment for Brexit, and of course no spirit of revenge, but Brexit has a cost also for businesses in the EU 27.”
Meanwhile emphasising the concerns of British business the CBI, worried about the prospect of a cliff edge after negotiations is proposing transitional arrangements at the end of the Brexit negotiations.
Its calling for “a limited period of transition, beginning when the Article 50 process ends, would provide firms with continuity and certainty, protecting jobs and trade flows. This is why the CBI is proposing that the UK seeks to stay inside the EU single market and a customs union until a final deal is in force.”