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'Hello United Kingdom, it’s the ‘Friendly Five’ here, and can we ask you to cast your mind back to where this all began for us?'
"The reality is that half of your trade goes to the EU. Britain’s trade with Australia is a very small percentage.”
"I do worry that people are starting to imagine that a trade deal with Australia is somehow a substitute for being on the doorstep of a market with 500 million people, it's not" says former Australian PM Julia Gillard.
“I’ve always argued that the only way you can get frictionless trade is to actually be in the Single Market.”
1. The Withdrawal Agreement (WA) is not up for renegotiation / 2. The Political Declaration (PD) might be tweaked cosmetically / 3. The future relationship will be negotiated during the transition period / 4. There will be no transition without the WA 5. / The will be no WA without the Financial Settlement / 6. A backstop cannot be unilaterally ended or it is not a backstop ...
On @SkyNews yesterday: Single Market and Customs Union is what virtually every sector, organisation, university, NGO, hospital, trade union says they need.