over a year ago
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A few facts. More NON-EU migrants arrive here than EU citizens...5.6 million versus 3.7 million.
If we leave without a withdrawal agreement (the favoured route bu most politicians) then all our prior agreements with the EU end then; immediately.
Meanwhile, airlines are busy moving the HQ place of business out of the UK and into an EU country...because the open-skies agreement also gets binned as we leave. Meanwhile, the EU has granted an extension of 12 months to those agreements...to fly to/from EU places...but UK registered pilots may not have the necessary certification to fly into and out of EU because their current certification also ends with a sudden exit. Currently, after we leave you may not have to have a visa to enter an EU country...but with that £39 billion looking dodgy, that will probably change. the good-will needed to have an orderly departure looks to be lacking on this side. After we leave, anything you buy from an EU country will not have VAT charged on it at source, you will have to pay it when it arrives here. There will be no transition period to negotiate if we leave with no withdrawal agreement. the GATT24 will not apply, so no 24 months of biz as usual, and WTO rules on both sides (we are going to be tariff-free on most things, the EU will apply tariffs to all our goods exported, because WTO rules say you cannot differentiate between countries). the border between Ireland and the UK will be the big stumbling block....with no resolution seeming likely on either side. and these are just a few of the problems. I won't even go into the sanitary and Phyto-sanitary regulations.....they will almost certainly mean a massive load of problems for meat and dairy exporters...let alone the 40%+ tarifs applied