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There was a lot of grief at that time with Turkish Cypriots being driven out by the Greek Cyps, but it was exacerbated by the Greek Cyps from the north being rejected by those in the south. Not a very pleasant time!
“We need to compromise on both sides,” Tusk said. “This is the very essence of negotiations.”
“It must be clear that there are some issues where we are not ready to compromise, first of all this is our four fundamental freedoms and single market, this is way we remain sceptical and critical when it comes to this part of the Chequers proposal.
Just bought a couple of shirts direct from the US. I could have bought them from their EU based distributor, but, even with duty and postage, they cost half the EU retail price. It’s almost as if tge EU imposed excessively high tariffs on foreign clothing to protect EU suppliers.
One of the things I would hope the UK would do is revise import tariffs after we leave the EU.
If there are no native manufacturers, we can drop tariffs to zero from the outset. If we don't make it, there are no UK based firms that will be hurt by it. It will reduce prices in the shops. And it'll reduce imports from the EU - they be driven out by lower cost imports from the rest of the world.
For tariffs where there are UK manufacturers, there should be an agreed program to reduce the tariffs to close to zero over a 10 - 15 year period. That time span should allow British manufacturers to introduce automation, improve productivity and so on so they are fully competitive with the rest of the world.
The EU's single market is a protectionist one. It allows inefficient manufacturers to stay in business without adapting to change. And the only way you keep those manufacturers in business is by gradually increasing the barriers keeping the rest of the world out. A lot of European manufacturing is destined to wither and die over the next few decades for that reason. There is no longer any need for British manufacturing to go down that route. The government can slowly remove the trade barriers while giving tax breaks to companies who invest in automation, AI and other measures to reduce costs and improve productivity.