The idea of another six months before the UK leaves EU would be quite wrong.
"If Exit Day is delayed beyond March 2019, we would have to elect new MEPs in May to a European Parliament we voted to leave, which would be crazy,"
Norway has suddenly become very fashionable in Parliament. So much so that some MPs want the UK Parliament to vote to be like Norway when the European Union (withdrawal) Bill reaches its final stages this week.
This Brexit Bill transfers EU laws to UK control.
Most of this is not controversial, just common sense - so after Brexit, businesses know where they stand.
That, after all, has to be one outcome of the Brexit divorce.
Leaving the EU is a complicated business. Hundreds of laws and agreements; and numerous pan-European bodies the UK is involved in. A lot to sort out.
Some Brexiteers would prefer no compromise with the EU, leaving with no deal.
Today, Parliament debates a motion which states how important it is for the UK to have frictionless trade, and no tariffs. That means we enjoy trade that is as easy to sell from Doncaster to Dortmund, as it is from Doncaster to Darlington.
When we buy or sell goods to other EU countries there are no hidden taxes (known as tariffs) and no bureaucracy that delay the goods at the borders. Goods from, say, China, Brazil or India, to other EU countries do face tariffs, because they are outside this tariff-free club, known as the EU Customs Union.
As the UK speeds towards the European Union exit door, Caroline Flint argues it’s time for ‘Britonomics’
Dire economic warnings won’t persuade the public to abandon Brexit. The vote on June 23 last year was a political choice, not an economic one. Against prevailing opinion, the public voted out. The driving motivation was control over immigration and borders – even if there was an economic cost.
Watch the Committee, including Caroline Flint, tackle Government civil servants about controlling our borders.
This session took place on Monday 20 November 2017.
Find out more about the PAC inquiry into enforcing the UK border after we leave the European Union HERE.
It seems I have adopted a rather controversial view about Brexit: that, perhaps, all the partisans – leavers and remainers – should bury our differences and work together. That’s proving more difficult than it should be. No one in politics likes to concede defeat, particularly if they secretly dislike some of their opponents.