Michael Gove has urged Theresa May to leave the single market and customs union, describing the approach as a “full Brexit”.
In an article published on Monday the Eeurosceptic former Education Secretary described alternative approaches to leaving the EU as a “fake Brexit” – despite the fact that some other countries outside the EU being members of the single market.
Theresa May has rejected any suggestions that she will retain parts of EU membership, saying on Sunday that the “question is what is the right relationship for the UK to have with the European Union when we’re outside”.
The push by Mr Gove represents a push to change the political framing of an approach that has thus far been referred to as a “hard Brexit” by most observers.
Prominent Eurosceptics have rejected that description, with Brexit Secretary David Davis saying late last year that he didn’t know what “hard Brexit” mean, despite readily available literature explaining the concept.
It comes as the think-tank Civitas releases research which suggests failing to strike a post-Brexit deal would cost the Treasury £9bn in support to stop businesses faltering.
Writing for the BrexitCentral website, Mr Gove said: “We need to deliver a full Brexit, not settle for fake Brexit.
“Once Article 50 is triggered, we should be very clear about our simple, straightforward, generous approach to leaving.
“We don’t want or need to be in the single market – outside we can control our own borders, laws and taxes. Inside we’re trapped.
“We don’t want to be bound by being members of the customs union. Outside we can negotiate new trade deals with emerging economies. Inside we’re trapped.
“And we don’t need to waste months talking about new tariffs. We don’t have any at the moment with Europe, we don’t want to impose any and attempts to over-complicate the issue are a trap.”
The separate Civitas report suggests that billions could be spent on subsidies and aid within World Trade Organisation rules to help firms as they adapt new tariffs caused by leaving the bloc.
The package could include £2.9bn to support research and development and a £3.8bn programme of regional aid along with a scheme to offer small, discretionary grants to any firm affected by Brexit.
What experts have said about Brexit
What experts have said about Brexit
1/11 Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond
The Chancellor claims London can still be a world financial hub despite Brexit “One of Britain’s great strengths is the ability to offer and aggregate all of the services the global financial services industry needs” “This has not changed as a result of the EU referendum and I will do everything I can to ensure the City of London retains its position as the world’s leading international financial centre.”
2/11 Yanis Varoufakis
Greece's former finance minister compared the UK relations with the EU bloc with a well-known song by the Eagles: “You can check out any time you like, as the Hotel California song says, but you can't really leave. The proof is Theresa May has not even dared to trigger Article 50. It's like Harrison Ford going into Indiana Jones' castle and the path behind him fragmenting. You can get in, but getting out is not at all clear”
3/11 Michael O’Leary
Ryanair boss says UK will be ‘screwed’ by EU in Brexit trade deals: “I have no faith in the politicians in London going on about how ‘the world will want to trade with us’. The world will want to screw you – that's what happens in trade talks,” he said. “They have no interest in giving the UK a deal on trade”
4/11 Tim Martin
JD Wetherspoon's chairman has said claims that the UK would see serious economic consequences from a Brexit vote were "lurid" and wrong: “We were told it would be Armageddon from the OECD, from the IMF, David Cameron, the chancellor and President Obama who were predicting locusts in the fields and tidal waves in the North Sea"
5/11 Mark Carney
Governor of Bank of England is 'serene' about Bank of England's Brexit stance: “I am absolutely serene about the … judgments made both by the MPC and the FPC”
6/11 Christine Lagarde
IMF chief urges quick Brexit to reduce economic uncertainty: “We want to see clarity sooner rather than later because we think that a lack of clarity feeds uncertainty, which itself undermines investment appetites and decision making”
7/11 Inga Beale
Lloyd’s chief executive says Brexit is a major issue: "Clearly the UK's referendum on its EU membership is a major issue for us to deal with and we are now focusing our attention on having in place the plans that will ensure Lloyd's continues trading across Europe”
8/11 Colm Kelleher
President of US bank Morgan Stanley says City of London ‘will suffer’ as result of the EU referendum: “I do believe, and I said prior to the referendum, that the City of London will suffer as result of Brexit. The issue is how much”
9/11 Richard Branson
Virgin founder believes we've lost a THIRD of our value because of Brexit and cancelled a deal worth 3,000 jobs: We're not any worse than anybody else, but I suspect we've lost a third of our value which is dreadful for people in the workplace.' He continued: "We were about to do a very big deal, we cancelled that deal, that would have involved 3,000 jobs, and that’s happening all over the country"
10/11 Barack Obama
US President believes Britain was wrong to vote to leave the EU: "It is absolutely true that I believed pre-Brexit vote and continue to believe post-Brexit vote that the world benefited enormously from the United Kingdom's participation in the EU. We are fully supportive of a process that is as little disruptive as possible so that people around the world can continue to benefit from economic growth"
11/11 Kristin Forbes
American economist and an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England argues that the economy had been “less stormy than many expected” following the shock referendum result: “For now…the economy is experiencing some chop, but no tsunami. The adverse winds could quickly pick up – and merit a stronger policy response. But recently they have shifted to a more favourable direction”
The total cost to the Treasury, including “leakage” to non-affected industries and households, would be £8.8bn – which the report claimed would be easily covered by the £12.9bn collected in tariffs on EU imports into the UK.
Once Britain triggers Article 50 in the coming months the Government will have two years to complete the negotiation process for what the UK’s relationship with the EU will look like.
If no deal is reached by the end of that period then Britain will crash out of the bloc and revert to WTO rules, potentially facing tariffs and quotas against its exports, unless an extension is unanimously agreed by all EU member states.
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