Despite unionist misgivings the Northern Ireland protocol bestows a unique opportunity to capitalise on the best of both worlds situation.
No stone should be left unturned to woo US and British companies who conduct most of their business with the EU.
Alas the position in GB is not so fortunate. Brexit has been delivered on ideological grounds. While the upper echelons of the Tory party can afford their principles the ordinary five eights will struggle to feed their families and retain their jobs.
Tesco have already announced that food prices will rise by 5-10% and that is probably an understatement as bad news is usually softened by announcing it in instalments.
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The buzz words are sovereignty and take back control.
No country is totally independent in the modern world as we are all interdependent. Sovereignty couldn’t prevent the coronavirus nor Isis radicalising young people online from the safety of Asia and if Holland, Belgium or northern France were to suffer an environmental disaster similar to Chernobyl we might also suffer the fall out.
Regardless of whether there is a deal or not we will actually lose control.
With a deal the UK will have to abide by rules and regulations over which we have no input or influence which begs the question (a) why did we leave and (b) how will we out-compete the EU?
With a no deal scenario the EU will unilaterally impose tariffs and quotas, not to mention all the monumental bureaucracy and volumes of paperwork for our poor suffering businesses.
As one one half of a comic duo would say, “This is another fine mess you have got us into.”
Gerard O’Boyle, Devon
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