So after the successful Brexit vote on the 23rd of June last year we are now starting negotiations on the terms on which we will be leaving.
So what are the options?
Soft Brexit would essentially be the same as staying inside the EU whereas a Hard Brexit would be like actually leaving.
Let’s break it down into the separate issues so you can see.
Inside the EU
- Fishing quotas – billions of fish have to be thrown back into the sea each year because fishermen catch too many of certain fish. Making UK waters one of the most over fished in the world.
- Open boarders – We currently don’t have control over our own immigration policy when concerning immigrant from within the EU.
- Common external tariff – This raises the costs of products imported from outside the EU, this increases prices and puts a lot of pressure on our economy.
- European Court – We currently have to abide by the laws created in the European court, laws created by people that we cannot vote for. This means that we don’t really have a national sovereignty anymore.
- Membership fees – We currently pay around 10 Billion pounds the EU so that we can trade with the “Free” market.
- We would still have fishing quotas.
- We would have no control over EU immigration to the UK.
- We would still be inside the Common external tariff.
- We would still have to abide by EU laws.
- We would still have to pay a substantial fee.
- Flexible days at sea – This would replace the current fishing quotas with a flexible amount of days a fisherman can fish and therefore won’t have to throw good fish away.
- We can take control over our immigration policy- We can decide to take in the most qualified and talented people, this will mean less people on benefits and more people contributing to the economy. This would also be fairer than the current system as we can judge people on their merits rather than discriminate on the basis of where they are from.
- Trade policy – By leaving the Common external tariff we can trade on the global market which is thriving outside of the EU, this will reduce costs of imports and exports as well as boosting our own economy.
- European court – By leaving the jurisdiction of the European courts we can create our own laws that are not superseded by another entity. This will regain British sovereignty and will give us the freedom to run the country the way we want it to be run. The people making the laws will be MPs that we voted for, not MEPs that we don’t vote for.
- No membership fees – We would save 10 Billion pounds a year in membership fees to the EU, this is money that could be invested into the economy or used to help bring down the deficit even more than we already have.
In my opinion “Leaving” actually means leaving and therefore leaving means a “hard” Brexit because a soft Brexit would just be a re-branding of what we already have.