Brexit Academics Believe White Paper to be ‘Brexit in Name Only’

A university-based research facility has described yesterday’s White Paper to be ‘Brexit, but in name only.’

Academics at Birmingham City University’s Centre for Brexit Studies have been examining May’s long awaited Brexit blueprint, in order to understand the Prime Minister’s plan for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The most notable points being the common rules for goods covering only those rules necessary to enable frictionless trade at the border and no tariffs on any goods.

Professor Alex de Ruyter, Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies states: “Like the rest of the country and indeed the EU, we have long awaited the publication of the Brexit White Paper.

“The controversy of the last few days following the Chequers Summit has only added to the worry over the long awaited document.

“Today we learn that the plan appears to be exiting the European Union, whilst maintaining many of the same rules and freedoms that we currently subscribe to.

“The plan envisions that we will still participate in EU agencies that provide authorisations for goods in highly regulated sectors – namely the European Chemicals Agency, the European Aviation Safety Agency and the European Medicines Agency – accepting the rules of these agencies and contributing to their costs.

“We also note continued cooperation in terms of transport and energy and the exploration of reciprocal arrangements for road hauliers.  This is an issue that we have regularly raised at the Centre and it is interesting and encouraging to see the Government seeking to address it.

“The one change we do see, is the end of freedom of movement, but with several exceptions, for example, in the case of companies wanting movement of staff.

“So we want to continue to enjoy ease of travelling, whilst imposing restrictions on movement into the UK.  Crucially, the White Paper envisages that these will be, ‘in line with the arrangements that the UK might want to offer to other close trading partners in the future’.

“Will the EU agree to keeping almost everything the same, whilst rescinding on freedom of movement and losing the UK as part of the EU27?  I doubt it and I suspect that many Conservative backbenchers will be unhappy to commit to ‘binding provisions’ around future trading arrangements. Similarly, Jeremy Corbyn’s opposition may well oppose the envisioned rules over state aid and competition.  As such there is a very real possibility that the government’s proposals may fail to secure parliamentary approval in addition to the EU’s potential qualms over ‘cherry picking.’

“We await the EU’s response with bated breath and I believe we’re in for an interesting few months following that.”

The Centre continues to analyse all government outputs and to research the public perceptions and impact of Brexit on both a regional and national scale.

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8 comments

  1. Adam HileyReply

    I as a British citizen who voted to get the UK out of the rotten EU system will fight this shit shower of a Government tooth & nail this poor excuse of a Premier and Her Remoaner unelected Advisor called Robbins must be forced out of Office now not in five Years time

    • StevenReply

      Apparently, the latest opinion poll puts Labour on 40%, UKIP on 8% and the CONServatives on 36% so if Teresa Mayhem/Maybe tries another fast one ie calling YET ANOTHER GENERAL ELECTION (which will no doubt please the ‘Brendas from Bristols’ of this world immensely) we could end-up with a Labour government with a tiny majority or another hung parliament but with Labour as the largest party. How much better it would have been if Teresa May had either cancelled Brexit in full or followed the referendum’s instruction and got us a REAL Brexit instead of being so typically Tory and doing her best to deceive people into believing her proposals amount to anything other than Brexit in name only!

  2. StevenReply

    I am glad to see that Jeremy Corbyn opposes the rules on state aid and competition. These rules are the ones British governments have used as a convenient excuse to refuse to help British industry and are at least a partial reason why Britain has become de-industrialised with a consequent growth of an ‘underclass’ in places like Barnsley, Glasgow etc. We need to come out of the EU FULLY so we can leave all these rules behind us. I suspect though that becoming a part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or the European Economic Area (EEA) would have similar burdensome rules and make our membership of those hardly more attractive.

  3. Phil JonesReply

    You don’t need to be an ‘Academic’ to understand the treachery going on with the May-Robbins’ Sell-out Scheme’. It’s blatantly obvious to anybody that has even half a brain. From her first day in office May had Oliver Robbins start work on her sell-out scheme. Every ‘Red Line’ crossed. Her sell-out scheme is like day and night from the separation scheme that David Davis and his Brexit Dept. had been working on and which May had been deviously supporting while all the while planning to roll-out her sell-out scheme at the last moment. I just want to see May gone — and the sooner the better.

    We voted on 23 June 2016 and a majority voted for the UK to leave the EU and return from EU province to self-governing independent country. May knows exactly what the British people voted for — but is refusing to honour or respect the people’s instructions. To me, that is ‘treason’ — and I don’t say that lightly. She should be charged with treason and face the consequences.

    • Adam HileyReply

      Robbins is another Alastair Campbell a professional bullshit merchant elected by no one and should have no say in Government who do these people think they are

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