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Campaign for 🇬🇧 to rejoin the EFTA 🇮🇸🇨🇭🇳🇴🇱🇮 #EFTA4UK | We want a #BetterdealforBritain #MakeBrexitWork
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Sep 23, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
1/ Some people ask - "Why can't we just have a Canada style deal or a Canada+ / SuperCanada deal with the EU?" 2/ Firstly, it won't solve the Irish border problem. We looked into it. Considered every angle.
Aug 16, 2018 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
A quick thread about 'PROJECT FEAR'. #brexit [1] 2/ before the referendum, both sides undoubtedly exaggerated their positions and stretched the truth. I.E. Vote Leave said Turkey was imminently going to join the EU. While Turkey was/is an EU official accession state, it wasn't and isn't joining anytime soon.
Jul 31, 2018 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
1/ A lot of these hard brexit puppets are now coming out of the woodwork; saying things like "don't attack us personally, that shows you have lost the battle of ideas". Fair enough. Except... 2/ they haven't won the battle of ideas at all. Every time they put forward ideas and get ERG friends to parrot them in the media, they get disproved by experts or shot down by the EU.
Jul 21, 2018 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
1/ We want to address something now which is key to the entire Brexit debate. It takes the form of two questions with one answer: 2/ People have busy lives. Even we political obsessives are staggered by the complexities of Parliamentary systems, International law and global trade. Its a lot to take in...
Jul 12, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
1/ The government white paper is quite sensible in many areas. But it is overly-complicated and with notable gaps (especially on services). 2/ 95% of what this white paper sets out to achieve could be dealt with via Efta/EEA.
Jul 10, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
1/ One of the whinges we hear from people like @andreajenkyns is "we can't be tied to EU rules after brexit"!!. To that, we would ask - which EU rules are you opposed to? 2/ in some ways the EU acts as an intermediary between international standards settings bodies and member states:
Jul 9, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
1/ the problem with hardcore Brexiteers is that they think either no brexit plan is needed or that a plan could be found easily but 'remainers' in the civil service and government don't want to find one. 2/ it ultimately boils down to a form of magical thinking - if we believe in brexit enough, they think; - we will get everything we want - full access to SM, no fees, ftas around the world and full control of immigration, frictionless borders and 100% sovereignty.
Jul 9, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
1/ Some thoughts about David Davis resignation. #DavidDavis #Brexit bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi… 2/ his select committee appearances conveyed the impression of a blustering, lazy, make-it-up-as-you-go-along chancer. theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
Jul 7, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
1/ Q: why has UK been pursuing a Hard Brexit? A: Vote Leave has its tentacles in every part of government yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/matthew-e… 2/ yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/matthew-e…
Jul 3, 2018 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
1/ RE: the claim "They need more than they need us - we buy from them more than they buy from us! Brexit will be fine!" 2/ upon brexit we become a 'third Country'. People like @OliverNorgrove have explained this in detail but we will try a simple analogy.
Jul 2, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
THIS IS IMPORTANT: 1/ today Mrs May was asked a question about the EEA. She said the UK won't be in it after brexit, something she has said before. But something slipped out... 2/ read THIS in Mrs May's reply:
Jul 2, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
1/ so a few years ago MEP David Campbell Bannerman wrote a book. That book was called 'Time to Jump' and it described the UK leaving the EU and rejoining efta with an 'EEA lite' approach. 2/ this book was full of interesting ideas and inspired many of our followers.
Jun 24, 2018 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
1/ Way back in 2014-2015 our small group coalesced together following chats online and in pubs. A small band of political nerds who believed that 1. UK would be better off out of the EU, especially given its direction of travel. 2. The best way to achieve that exit was via Efta. 2. Some of us wanted to go down the Swiss route🇨🇭, others the Iceland model 🇮🇸; some wanted to use efta as a transitional model while we leave the eu, others wanted the UK to stay in it for the long term.
Jun 23, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
1/ Dear Hard Brexiteers...we have a question... #Brexit 2/ do you think that if the UK had gone down the efta/EEA route that there would have been such a backlash against brexit? We don't. If you had promoted a EFTA based brexit we would probably be out of the EU by now.
Jun 23, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
1/ So let's say the UK keeps the free movement red line. The EU says ok then we will give you a FTA in that case. 2/ so the UK says - well what about UK citizens living in the eu27? What about British businesspeople who want to go work on the continent? What about UK pensioners who want to retire in the EU?
Jun 10, 2018 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
1/ MPs like @CarolineFlintMP keep saying "Norway has to accept all EU rules". This is NOT TRUE. 2/ Norway is not in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) or the Common Agricultural policy (CAP).
May 9, 2018 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
1/ Ok @EmilyThornberry we need to talk. It seems like you have been mislead or are being misleading regards the EFTA/EEA 🇮🇸🇳🇴🇱🇮 option. Either way you aren't being factual and clear about it. So let's clear things up. 2/ you said: "the EEA that is a deal which is 20-years-old". The implication being that it is out of date and insufficient. In fact, the EEAA is dynamic and continually updated! The EU and EEA states meet regularly to discuss possible alterations and updates.
May 9, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
1/ What happened in the Lords isn't going to 'undo brexit' or 'defy the will of the people' but it does put all the options back on the table which Mrs May rejected without much apparent thought: news.sky.com/story/shock-de… 2/ we need now to find a 'Golilocks Brexit' acceptable to the majority of the British people, but also something the EU can accept.
May 2, 2018 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
1/ Dear Mrs May, a politician has many audiences - the public (who can be fickle), her party, the media, family, world leaders, partners, fellow MPs. But there are two audiences who are arguably more important - ones conscience and posterity. 2/ you have become Prime Minister of the UK, only the second female PM in UK history. This is historic enough in itself. But your legacy won't be that. You will go down in history as the woman who made a mess of Brexit.
Apr 24, 2018 • 14 tweets • 4 min read
1/ Norway 🇳🇴 Switzerland 🇨🇭Iceland 🇮🇸 and Liechtenstein 🇱🇮 are not in the EU. They are not in the EU Customs Union. They aren't in 'a' customs union with the EU like Turkey. None of them are seeking to join 'the' or 'a' customs union with the EU. 2/ so how do they try to ensure frictionless trade with the EU? There are various agreements, bodies and procedures they are party to. It's mind-bogglingly complex.
Apr 4, 2018 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
1/ Tory Brexiteer @Jacob_Rees_Mogg should be happy - since the UK is soon going to leave the EU. But instead of being happy, he now insists that every sensible form or permutation of Brexit put forward is some kind of odious Betrayal of the British people. #Brexit 2/ The House of Commons’ Select Committee for Exiting the EU has suggested that if the UK Government is unable to achieve the form of Brexit it wants, then the Plan B should be to opt for a EFTA/EEA style Brexit. politico.eu/article/uk-bre…