Latest post of the previous page:This is what would actually happen if we implemented the Brexit economic plans suggested by politicians
The Independent’s Economics Editor takes us through the implications of leaving the single market, exiting the customs union, abandoning negotiations and introducing unilateral free trade – warning: it’s not pretty
Are the economic trade-offs involved in Brexit finally being acknowledged? In one limited sense, the answer is yes.
Politicians and commentators seem to be facing up to the reality that the UK will not be able to both impose curbs on the free movement of European citizens into Britain, and also enjoy continued membership of the single market.
The rest of Europe (for reasons of self-preservation) simply will not allow it. There will have to be a choice made by the UK.
Yet other trade-offs and the serious economic consequences arising from certain policy choices are still not being recognised.
Ministers and senior pro-Brexit figures have mooted and recommended various positions and courses of action in recent weeks. Yet they are not being required to defend the economic implications that would almost certainly flow from them. In short –- they’re getting away with it.
Here are some examples.