Michael Gove’s acknowledgement that trade between the UK and
the EU after 1st January 2021 will be far from frictionless is a watershed in
the Brexit process. The claim that Brexit would not significantly impinge upon
British trade with the European Union was central to the 2016 Leave campaign.
So central indeed that government ministers spent the three years thereafter
repeating this dishonest assurance in the face of ever-mounting evidence to the
In his recent testimony to the House of Lords, Sir Ivan Rogers, former British Permanent Representative to the European Union, criticized as premature and ill-prepared the Prime Minister’s triggering last March of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This is unfair to Theresa May. No different date for the beginning of the Brexit negotiations could or would have rendered them any less painful for the British participants. No amount of extra preparation on the British side before triggering Article 50 could or would have resolved the numerous internal contradictions of the Brexit project. Continue reading “Hard Brexit or no Brexit?”, that is the question→