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Turn the tables: Ukip says Britain should leave EU ‘immediately’ to get best Brexit deal

BRITAIN should “turn the tables” on Brussels by enacting legislation to leave the European Union immediately and then negotiating a free trade deal from outside the club, Ukip has proposed today.

The eurosceptic party has launched its own Brexit plan which calls on the Government to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act which took Britain into what was then the European Communities (EC).Authored by London MEP Gerard Batten, the report likens EU legislation to Japanese knot-weed and says Britain will never truly leave if it tries to negotiate a divorce settlement on each individual Brexit issue.

Instead it urges Theresa May to take unilateral action and activate nuclear option on membership, ditching the two-year Article 50 talks and pulling the UK immediately out of the European club.

Mr Batten argues that doing so would force Brussels to focus its attentions on striking a speedy and favourable trade deal with Britain, which has the same economic clout as the 20 smallest EU member states.

However, such a move would be likely to lead to huge uncertainty for UK businesses, with no agreements in place on customs checks at borders, tariff rates for imports or mutual standards for goods and services.
It would also jeapordise a huge number of agreements in place between Britain and the EU covering everything from security and defence to environmental standards and information sharing.In the document Ukip lays out six red-line questions which it says must receive an affirmative answer if last June’s referendum result is truly to have been “honoured” by any settlement.

These include acid tests for any Brexit deal on ending the supremacy of EU law, controlling migration, taking back fishing waters, forming our own trade policy, not paying any divorce settlement and concluding the talks by 2019.

Amongst its more eye-catching proposals Ukip says the settlement with Brussels should not tie Britain into future membership of the European Court of Human Rights, paving the way for a future departure.

Ukip MEP Gerard BattenGETTY              Gerard Batten published Ukip’s new report on Brexit today


Let’s turn the tables on the Brexit negotiations

Ukip MEP Gerard Batten

The report describes Article 50 as a “trap” which was ultimately designed to stop any member state from leaving by making it impossible to secure a good divorce settlement.It states: “There is no negotiating pressure on it [the EU] to reach any ‘good deal’ with us since we are applying to leave the EU under its rules and on terms agreed with it. It can play with the British negotiators like a cat with a mouse.

“As the leaving process grinds on, and as it becomes more and more apparent that the EU will do everything it can to prevent our exit on unencumbered terms, such a course may well become inevitable.”

In the report Ukip backs Theresa May’s plans for a Great Repeal Bill, which will transpose all EU law onto the British statute books, but stresses this should only be on a “temporary basis”.

The party says legislators should immediately set to work on “immediate emergency unilateral legislative action to repeal or amends such laws…in whatever area it was deemed necessary to take immediate action to protect the British national interest”.Commenting on the report, Ukip’s Brexit spokesman Mr Batten said: “Let’s turn the tables on the Brexit negotiations by first leaving then utilising the economic strength that Britain possesses to give the EU an economic imperative to speak to the British government on London’s terms.

“The British economy is as big as the EU’s 20 smallest economies combined. This incentivises the EU to talk turkey with the UK. So let’s seize the initiative and change from being supplicants to the powerful major domo in negotiations.

“The British government has got its current negotiating strategy all wrong. The UK must seize the initiative and save ourselves a lot of both time and money.”

“The UK must assert its strength in economic terms because the EU will be the big loser if it wants to reject a free-trade agreement with the British government. This plan I outline is the way to do it.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/822704/Brexit-news-Ukip-Britain-leave-EU-immediately-best-trade-deal

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Jerry Wraith
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I agree fully with Gerard Batten. We need to get out NOW. With regard to trade with the EU I think we must remind the EU that the current value of the UK’s balance of trade with the EEC/EU since we joined in 1973 is a DEFICIT (LOSS) of of well over £1.25 trillion. The current annual balance of trade deficit on our trade with the EU is over £60 billion. Hence, if the EU does not want to lose this advantage then when we leave we should agree that ALL UK/EU trade carries on tariff free as before for… Read more »
grahamwood32
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This is an interesting proposition, but not without its risks. I think the first question is whether it would be politically possible given the radical nature of such a decision. Of course the general public simply wants government to ‘get on with it (withdrawal) and thus it would appear to be a good popular move. But politically I am not sure it would get past the Commons, and certainly not the H of L. There would be hysterical yells of ‘bad faith’ on Britain’s part, and that its word, having invoked Article 50, cannot be trusted etc|. . I suspect… Read more »
brexit121
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I have said this all along.

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