Chairman Nick Hallam discusses Boris’ Brexit bluff. Casting his opinion on how the UK will resist alignment to the end and our relationship with the EU.
Boris Johnson has always tried to keep Brexit conceptually simple – hence the slogans ‘Take Back Control’ and ‘Get Brexit Done’
Brexit is done. That’s the view of the British government, which has, according to reports, attempted to ban ministers from even using the word in official pronouncements that discuss the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.
For Boris Johnson, it seems that Brexit truly was an event and not a process.
This view has interesting implications for the conduct of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations over the next year.
Johnson has always tried to keep Brexit conceptually simple (“Take Back Control’, “Get Brexit Done”), but there has been a persistent belief that, faced with the reality of the UK’s hugely intricate economic relationship with the EU, its myriad entangled dependencies, Johnson would soften his rhetoric and accept that complexity necessitated compromise.
Leading Brexit analyst Charles Grant and former UK ambassador Ivan Rogers – both of whom saw Brexit on the horizon long before most commentators considered it possible – have spoken of the inevitable trade-offs between European market access and economic sovereignty that the UK must now finally confront.