But the attack on Brexit isn’t only coming through the courts. In government, there is now renewed talk of a ‘transitional arrangement’ with the European Union – in effect, a cunning way to keep us trapped in the single market for longer than necessary in the hopes that we’ll stay there forever. It’s an idea long touted by Chancellor Philip Hammond who, rather worryingly, is emerging as an increasingly pivotal figure in May’s cabinet.
The EU has now stated its preference for a short-term transition deal, with the inclusion of ‘sunset clauses’, to assure us of our inevitable departure. However, the mooted £50bn price tag for exit has now emerged as a stumbling block over the nature of the transition arrangement. Nothing is yet set in stone.
We need a clean and effective Brexit, not a slow drawn out process that leaves us in no better a position than the one we’re already in. With leaked EU Commission documents showing that the EU is ready to strike a deal with us more quickly than they did with Canada, we need a can-do attitude and less of the Remainer backsliding.
With the EU gearing up for Brexit talks, why is our government taking so long to get the wheels in motion? David Davis says the government’s Brexit plan won’t be published until February, leaving very little time to quell parliamentary rebellions prior to the March 2017 deadline. They need to get a move on and deliver what the British people have demanded.