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Moment of Truth for Brexit

Posted by hkarner - 11. Juli 2018

Date: 10-07-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal By The Editorial Board

The Tories have to decide if they’ll accept May’s ‘soft’ EU exit.

Britain’s government plunged into another melodrama Monday as Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned over Theresa May’s proposal for future trading relations with the European Union. This sets up an overdue moment of truth for the Tory Brexiters.

Messrs. Davis and Johnson object to the Brexit plan Mrs. May imposed on her cabinet on Friday. That roadmap—to be followed by a formal white paper soon, if her administration lasts that long—includes an integrated market for goods between Britain and the EU. Britain would adopt EU rules and legal jurisdiction over product-safety standards and agriculture, but it would theoretically be able to set its own tariff rates and negotiate trade deals with the rest of the world. Britain also would try to negotiate a separate deal on services.

Messrs. Davis and Johnson are right that this isn’t much of a Brexit. It’s not clear how quickly Britain would gain control over its own tariff rates in practice. Most modern trade deals focus on cutting regulatory barriers more than on tariff rates, yet Britain wouldn’t be able to strike such a deal with anyone else if it is committed to imposing EU regulations. Brussels may not accept this proposal anyway, since EU leaders have resisted British attempts to “cherry-pick” areas of free trade. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Meet Dominic Raab: the new Brexit boss

Posted by hkarner - 11. Juli 2018

Date: 10-07-2018
Source: The Economist

A former housing minister takes over the Brexit negotiations after David Davis’s departure

AT FIRST glance, the new man with the task of taking Britain out of the European Union seems remarkably similar to the old one. Dominic Raab, who succeeded David Davis as secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union (DEXEU) after the latter resigned on Sunday night, has a reputation as something of a hard man, just like his predecessor. Both are keen Brexiteers and campaigned to leave the EU. Both have dedicated themselves to championing civil liberties throughout their career. Mr Raab even once worked as Mr Davis’s chief of staff. There are, however, differences.

Whereas Mr Davis painted an idyllic vision of Brexit, Mr Raab has been upfront that the process may be difficult. The destination is more important than the time it takes to arrive, Mr Raab has argued. “If the bridge is a bit rocky, or takes a bit more time, that’s one thing,” he said in a recent interview. “What we want to know is that in the end we get there.” Mr Raab’s former colleagues label him hard-working, which is by no means a universal description of Mr Davis. More fundamentally, Mr Raab felt able to support Theresa May’s plan to keep Britain in the single market for goods and agriculture. Mr Davis did not and so resigned. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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