A minimalist deal would be a bad deal. Anything that reduces our access to the single market for our exports and our supply chains (including for food and medicine), to Europol and police co-operation, to EU research programmes (especially medical research), to cross-border road haulage permits, to the EHIC health insurance card for travellers, to the ERASMUS student exchange scheme, and to much else, would be damaging to Britain, destroying jobs, reducing security, and inflicting red tape and bureaucracy on businesses and citizens alike.
Author: Richard Corbett
Richard Corbett was MEP for Yorkshire & Humber. He was first elected to the European Parliament in 1996. From 2017 to 2020 he was Leader of the Labour MEPs and a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee. He has written extensively on European affairs, including co-authoring several university textbooks.
Remember what the Leave campaign, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and others promised us to win their referendum four years ago? How are these promises turning out?
The manufacturing regions of the north of England are particularly vulnerable to the economic effects of the COVID19 lockdown, with thousands of jobs at stake. These very same regions would also suffer the most in the event of failure by the Westminster government to secure a post Brexit deal with the EU before the end of the year. Two simultaneous economic […]