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Britain’s Brexit Plan B

People are obviously very concerned about what would actually happen regarding our trading relationship with the EU and Ireland in a No-Deal scenario. There is provision within WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules that, on the condition that a new free trade agreement is being developed Article 24 of the WTO's General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade provides the legal framework for keeping tariffs between Britain and the EU at zero. This would need Brussels to agree to these terms and for the UK and the EU to begin negotiations for a new trade deal immediately after we leave. Should Article 24 be used the concerns about free and frictionless trade can be allayed. My position is still to avoid a No-Deal and secure a withdrawal agreement that enables the UK to be an independent sovereign state able to negotiate and implement trade deals around the world. The following article below from explains this in more detail

EU assurances to the UK on Brexit

The EU and UK negotiators agreed the texts of a Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on a framework for a future EU-UK relationship, and the time came for the UK Parliament to vote on it. But on 15 January Parliament rejected the two documents by 230 votes.

PM's Brexit Deal is Rejected: Whats happens now?

The House of Commons has voted not to support the deal the Government has negotiated with the EU as the basis on which to leave the European Union.

Responding to the vote, the Prime Minister set out in the House of Commons how she intends to proceed:

30 Truths About Leaving on WTO Terms


The best way out of the current impasse over the draft Withdrawal Agreement with the EU

would be to accept President Tusk’s offer, made in March and repeated as recently as

What if there's no Brexit deal?

How no deal might happen

Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union provides for an EU Member State to leave the EU with or without a withdrawal agreement or ‘deal’.

Withdrawal Agreement Impact on Fishing

I sought to clarify how the draft Withdrawal Agreement addresses the issue of UK fishing and access to UK waters.

This is the response I have received from DEFRA:


The UK’s red lines on fish have been protected.


The “meaningful vote” deferred: What now?

On Monday 10 December, the Prime Minister told the House of Commons she would no longer be asking it to vote on the motion to approve her deal with the EU on Tuesday 11 December.