Brexit Briefing - May 2018
The problem for the government is that maintaining a control free border means accepting at least some of the disciplines of the EU which in turn means abandoning dreams of an independent trade policy. However, if Ed Balls and Peter Sands are right the benefits of having an independent trade policy are pretty illusory (see What Sort of Trade Deal (if any) could the UK negotiate with the USA? 8 June 2018).
I am increasingly of the view that there will be no withdrawal agreement by 29 March 2019 and that businesses should at least make contingency plans for a very rough economic rode next year. More