No because we then start with a clean sheet on trade, “you want better than wto and competing with the rest of the world for our market.”? ( as has been said many times they run the trade surplus so in normal negociation we hold the stronger position.) strip out the politics and the woeful handling by TM and Olly and that will be what is left for the other member states to look at..
What is there to negotiate? The $500bn figure is an accumulation of lost contributions and lost trade. We're not paying any more contribution, that's for certain, so that's not up for negotiation, and it apparently will be very easy to make trade agreements with other countries who are just waiting for us to "dictate terms", so most, if not all, of the trade is lost too.
Let’s assume that it is 100% accurate. What is the relevance to us? At best it can be described as schadenfreude, not only screwing oursleves over but we are screwing over our former partners as well. A fantastic basis for setting out a relationship with all those other countries that are waiting for us to dictate terms to them.
I would say that the relevance to us would be to focus the the EU on the realities of the relationship, up to now they have had the upper hand because our 'leadership' have been too busy fighting amongst themselves to put up any sort of coherent negotiation so of course the other side can try and screw us over, it's what any negotiator would do.
Now, however it's obvious that these sort of ridiculous offerings won't get past parliament and if, and I know it's a big if, they all pull their collective heads out of their collective arses and look at the reality it might be possible to create a fair and just agreement that we can all get behind. Just putting it out there!
Just read that today, PMTM has set the meaningful vote date for the middle of January saying, "I have gained further guarantees [from the EU] and fully expect to secure more clarifications and legal assurances in the following weeks."
She said she had won fresh guarantees at last week's EU summit over measures to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and hoped to secure additional "political and legal assurances" in the coming weeks.