Immigration and free movement were key issues that laid to the Brexit vote. Unfortunately for the UK, these are the most difficult subjects to tackle, both with the others European member states but also within the British government itself.
No “cabinet-wide agreement”
Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, recognise in an interview that there were no cabinet-wide agreement on these key issues. This division is not only among the government, but the whole Tory party is split into “hard” and “soft” brexiters.
The British point of view seem to forget that even if there were a common voice for negotiating the brexit deal, the Briton’s wishes are now against the tough reality of the European needs and political positions.
It may explain why the economic and business leaders push forward to accept free movement, and why “soft” brexit is the idea being spread by Liam Fox and Philip Hammond (the Chancellor of the Exchequer, aka the Secretary of State for Finance). This soft Brexit, in their minds, would implement an transitional period during when free movement would continue for the EU residents with the only obligation a registration.
There will be a process between the date we leave the European Union and the date on which the new treaty-based arrangements between the UK and the European Union which we hope and expect to negotiate come into force Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer
This idea could have been a way of making the EU happy, and the brexiters happy (with the smoke screen of registration). But what about the 3 million EU migrants on the British soil ? Practically, to make these 3 millions registered is a job the actual institutions can’t handle easily, ask the government IT department what they think of this.
Norway, the byword for “soft” Brexit
In the end, we’ve tackled so far only one of the four European requirements which bother the Brits : following the EU rules (including the new ones), accepting the ECJ (European Court of Justice – a point on which Briton’s are likely to answer european requirements) and paying into the budget. That’s exactly what Norway have to do, to access the European single market – Norway, the country which become the byword for “soft” Brexit. However, how stupid would it be, to leave the EU for its disadvantages but accept it as a concession for the single market. In fact, theses EU requirements triggered the Brexit, and the Tory backbenches know that.
Was June 26th 2016 the Independence Day as the Sun told us ? Surely not, it was more like the biggest jump into the unknown in the British history since the World War II.