It has become clear to me that there’s been a lot put out in the last couple of weeks by people who have not fully understood the Government’s proposals for how it moves forward with the process of leaving the European Union, writes Mark Spencer MP.
Under the plans set out in the Government White Paper, the UK will be leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union, ending free movement and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in this country, leaving the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy, and ending the days of sending vast sums of money to the EU every year.
Britain will take back control of its money, laws, and borders and free movement will end.
I reject the idea that this is not what people voted for.
The Government’s plans set out how these policies and jurisdictions will no longer apply on UK shores.
I do not think that anyone can argue that the referendum result calls for leaving with ‘no deal’.
‘No deal’ would mean not coming to any agreement whatsoever with the EU about any arrangements Britain has with it.
This would mean no arrangements in place for UK citizens visiting EU countries, no arrangements for flying in their airspace, or for trading with them
It would mean not cooperating on anything.
That said, I’m not complacent and nor is the Government, which is why it is making extensive preparations for a ‘no-deal’ scenario.
I believe that the best way to negotiate a good deal out of the EU is to show we are prepared to walk away.
The best thing for the UK economy would be a favourable deal which will allow Britain to maximise trade with the European Union while also being able to trade with other countries around the world, and to be an outward-looking country, maintaining its position on the world stage.
That’s what the White Paper proposes and that’s what I’m going to be using my influence to help deliver.