Leaving the EU

April 11, 2018 1:48 PM
By Cllr Lucy Care

The UK helped write, and approve, the rules for how countries can leave the EU. At the time the UK was a member with no plans for leaving. Now it is putting those rules into practice.

It is becoming clear that many - if not all - of the promises made by the Leave campaign can't be delivered under the EU's rules. The UK can't have the same benefits outside the EU as in - from market access, hosting EU bodies, to having a say in making future rules. We are already getting poorer as businesses are leaving, closing, and investing elsewhere.

The UK is used to being a small country magnified by being part of something bigger - first the Empire/Commonwealth and then the EU. Without the EU and with weakening relevance of the Commonwealth, we'd become a follower of rules, not a maker of them. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, and Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, both continue to talk up how we can keep the EU membership benefits without being a member. But this is clearly becoming less and less credible.

As Lib Dem Member of the European Parliament Catherine Bearder tweeted "Reading over PM speech... The idea that the EU would rewrite its Single Market rules to accommodate the wishes of a departing member is just crazy."