Posted: Jun 15, 2017 4:30 pm
by Matt_B
fisherman wrote:I'm not sure I agree.

The status quo i.e. remaining in the EU, is unacceptable to those who chose leave and carried the referendum, the EEA separates the UK from EU and any further political union is stopped dead, with a repatriation of sovereignty for trade (external), agriculture and fisheries. For those who wanted to remain in the EU, the EEA allows UK to stay in the single market with freedom of movement and the avoidance of a destructive cliff edge exit.
That's real tangible benefits for both sides.

Compromise is necessary for the good of the UK now and this one would get the support of all Westminster political parties.

OK. It's something the UK's 12000 fishermen want. The CFP sucks. I get that.

I'm not sure about agriculture though; while the UK might be able to replace their subsidies they're going to lose their access to cheap labour from Eastern Europe. On the whole I'm getting a gloomy picture from them.

As for trade deals, are there any that the EFTA members have that the UK should be envious of? I'd have thought that the massive bargaining power that the EU had available is going to outweigh anything that an independent UK could negotiate in any case.