White paper seeks a ‘Practical Brexit’

Government announces its Brexit white paper
The white paper sets out a “a principled and practical Brexit”

The Government has revealed its long anticipated Brexit white paper, outlining the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The white paper was finalised at a special summit at Chequers last week, with both David Davis and Boris Johnson resigning shortly afterwards, due to deep disagreements over the direction of Brexit. The new Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has until 29 March 2019 to make the the white paper a reality.

Prime Minister Theresa May described it as ‘a principled and practical Brexit’ and called for pragmatism and compromise from both sides and the importance of striking a balance between rights and obligations.

A principled Brexit

According to the brexit white paper, a ‘principled brexit’ means respecting the result of the referendum whilst at the same time supporting the Government’s wider objectives across five key areas of the UK’s national life.

1. Economy

Develop a broad and deep economic relationship with the EU and minimise disruption to trade between the UK and the EU, protecting jobs and livelihoods. Make the most of trading opportunities around the world.

2. Communities

Ending free movement and putting in place a new immigration system. Introducing new independent policies to support farming and fishing communities. Using the Shared Prosperity Fund to spark a new wave of regeneration in the UK’s towns and cities, and keeping citizens safe.

3. Union

Prevent a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland with the establishment of an economic partnership with a common rulebook for goods including agri-food.

The introduction of a new Facilitated Customs Arrangement removing the need for customs checks and controls between the UK and the EU. Enable a free trade area without tariffs on goods.

4. Democracy

Leaving the EU’s institutions and reclaiming the UK’s sovereignty, ensuring the laws are passed by those elected in the UK

5. The UK’s place in the world

Promote innovation and new ideas, asserting a fully independent foreign policy, and working alongside the EU to promote and protect shared European values of democracy, openness and liberty.

Concluding Article 50

The UK’s negotiating team will now finalise both the Withdrawal Agreement and
the Framework for the Future Relationship before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.