When is a no-deal Brexit not a no-deal Brexit? That’s the riddle that’s been puzzling Westminster since Boris Johnson declared on Monday that the choice was no longer between deal and no deal but between a “Canada-style” and “Australia-style” agreement.
Canada-style we all know about. It’s the hardest of hard Brexits – outside the single market, outside the customs union, with zero tariffs on many goods but nothing for the services sector which makes up most of the UK economy – and so beloved of Nigel Farage and Steve Baker.
But Australian-style? Sounds good, doesn’t it? Australia! Barbecues! Beaches! Sunshine! Maybe Kylie Minogue will be singing! Who doesn’t fancy a bit of Australian-style once in a while?
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