An optimist’s guide to Brexit – Andrew Marr – The New Statesman

BBC Politics journalist Andrew Marr on the red...

BBC Politics journalist Andrew Marr on the red carpet at the BAFTA Awards, held at the Royal Festival Hall, on the Southbank in London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an outstanding, must-read article by Andrew Marr published in the New Statesman. He argues that Remainers are paralysed by fear of leaving the EU but suggests that it offers huge opportunities for change, on both left and right.

Source: An optimist’s guide to Brexit

Personally,  I argued passionately for ‘Remain’ but now recognize that it’s time to draw the line and move on.

It’s time for politicians to hammer out a new strategy for the UK. Because of Brexit radical reform is more likely now than incremental change – bring it on.


UK looks at paying billions into EU budget after Brexit – FT

The FT reports that the plan letting the UK finance sector keep single-market access could cost billions.

Source: UK looks at paying billions into EU budget after Brexit

So here we are with the ordinary UK tax payer, once again, propping up the UK finance sector, where many foreign banks don’t pay their full whack of tax. Public services will face enormous cuts post Brexit but financial services will be exempt from pain.

EU workers in the finance sector, as well as agriculture, are likely to be special cases, so the proposed cuts on EU immigrants will impact the service sectors like hotels, restaurants and the NHS.

These are deeply distorted negotiating positions. And that is why that it is vital for the full Brexit process to be debated in parliament, with full disclosure of evidence in green and white papers ahead of parliamentary approval.