Leaving the EU is not about dislike of our European neighbours, it is about escaping from a failed economic model and reasserting democratic control over the nation’s future.
It unquestionably would be better to leave the EU with a deal.
This is partly because it would smooth the path and lessen the worry for those who do any form of business with the EU or are simply holidaymakers.
Project Fear may not be true but it has made people fret, which is irresponsible on behalf of its progenitors and a pity for those affected. More importantly, it is better for the UK to depart on friendly rather than hostile terms.
Leaving the EU is not about dislike of our European neighbours, it is about escaping from a failed economic model and reasserting democratic control over the nation’s future. It makes sense to depart in a way that maintains as much friendship as possible.
Whatever happens, the European Union will remain an important economic partner and market; on many international issues the UK and the EU will continue to have similar objectives and personal friendships; and inter-connections will remain. A deal would help ease all of this and even be worth making a modest payment for.
This does not mean that the UK ought to fear leaving without the current Withdrawal Agreement or any potential alternative. The recent Today Programme interview with Mr Puissesseau, the President of the Calais port and Deputy Mayor, removed the major plank of the Project Fear structure.
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