White Paper: Cakeism with cherries on top
(In his first speech as chief Brexit negotiator):“Cherry-picking is not an option.” .
22nd March 2017:
“It will not be possible to cherry-pick and be a participant in parts of the Single Market.”
5th May 2017
“The integrity of the Single Market will never be compromised in these negotiations.”
6th July 2017:
“I have heard some people in the U.K. argue that one can leave the Single Market and build a customs union to achieve ‘frictionless trade’; that is not possible.
3rd October 2017:
“We ask you to respect the fact that we are uncompromising on the integrity of the Single Market, and on the respect of the rules on the functioning and the autonomy of decision-making in the European Union.”
9th January 2018:
“In these negotiations, one of my main concerns is to maintain the integrity of the Single Market, which is our common good — and is not and will not be negotiable.”
26th April 2018:
“Outside of the Customs Union and the Single Market, there can be no frictionless trade.”
10th July 2018:
“The United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union’s Single Market and the Customs Union. This means that Brexit will create friction to trade that does not exist today.”