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Reader’s Comment: We should quit the EU this Friday and leave them to fret

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In response to Cerberus: A snap election would ensure that Brexit really does mean Brexit, sfin wrote:

Why the delay? And why Article 50?

All we have to do is say that we are leaving, say, next Friday. We are taking back full control of all legal matters and our borders – including our waters and that we won’t be changing the trading relationship whatsoever (i.e no tariffs on the £80-100 billion worth of goods that the EU exports to us every year). This would immediately put us on the moral high ground, enable us to immediately forge new trade agreements worldwide and leave the EU to squabble amongst themselves over what they want to do regarding the UK and trade tariffs (it will take years to reach agreement as we would then automatically become their largest export market).

If the EU decide to impose tariffs, then we can fall back on WTO rules where tariffs are typically 2 per cent, or so. The pound has fallen about 15 per cent since June 23rd which more than offsets this.

Meanwhile the likes of Canada will find it a refreshing change to negotiate with one country, rather than trying to negotiate with 27.

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