"Brexit can only be a success if businesses make it a success"
Anyone in business knows the first thing asked by lawyers is “do they owe the money or not?”. As it’s already been accepted, the £39bn Brexit bill will still have to be paid - voluntarily, or through legal compulsion. It’s a bill, not the price of a future relationship.
There may be no deal coming (with all its consequences), but the UK and EU will have to do a deal in the (near) future, so need to get back to the table. The EU know this. Even a “No Deal” means deals are required for areas from aviation to the Border. So, in effect, "No Deal:" means a series of mini deals.
HMG will prioritise ‘flow’ over collection or compliance at its borders. So, how do they plan to make BMWs 10% more expensive if there’s no tariff collection? (BTW, a more expensive BMW makes them more attractive to consumers anyway - no one is swapping an X5 for a Micra - which will also be 10% more expensive!).
There has to be a backstop or these talks go nowhere. A backstop is wanted as well as needed. How can we prosper from our uniqueness? That’s what business does. Capitalise on your difference. Profit from it.
We’ve been promised ‘unfettered’ access in all scenarios for our sales to the rest of the UK. That’s enormously helpful and often over-looked. Was that promise real? Made in good faith? Why should we not believe it to be true?
We’ve also been offered acess to the European Single Market for free. Every European journalist we speak to can’t believe we’re not grabbing that with both hands. They can’t believe we don’t already have it on billboards all over Europe.
Handed the golden egg!
The reality is both sides continue to use our difference to achieve their aims - on one side to blunt Brexit and on the other to try to achieve the impossible deal. We’re still doing politics, not negotiating.
But business just wants to get on with it. Give us the conditions to capitalise on our uniqueness. A fair fight, not one where we’re lumbered with costs and complexities. They just want to make and sell stuff, not fill out forms and worry about being able to ship stuff.
Brexit can only be a success if business make it a success. It’s beyond time that it’s was listened to.