“Excuse me if I’m saying something that has already been said many times by others, but would we not be in a substantially stronger position if Theresa May had simply said to the EU at the time of triggering article 50:
1) We are leaving the EU on 29.03.19
2) We will trade upon WTO rules
3) Customs formalities will apply from that date, be ready, we will be.
4) We will not require an implementation period as we have 2 years to prepare in any event.
5) We will make no further or additional payments beyond this date.
6) We will not erect a border in NI, whether you do so is up to you.
If you want a deal that is any variation from the above, please send us your proposals and if they are to our mutual benefit then we will be happy to consider them.
Surely if we had simply said that we would have been in an infinitely better negotiating position?
I thought this at the time but presumed I was unaware of something that made this the wrong course of action. But as time goes by it is hard to see what we have achieved by not taking this approach?
If I’m missing something, please enlighten me!”