THE ‘AUSTRALIAN DEAL’ - Another Impossible Dream
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THE ‘AUSTRALIAN DEAL’ - Another Impossible Dream

23 October 2020


– In the absence of an agreement between the UK and the EU, an ongoing presence of the WA/NIP would make it impossible for the Government to deliver its Manifesto Brexit commitments – The same factors preventing delivery of the Government’s Brexit Manifesto also would undermine a potential ‘Australian Deal’ – Given the conclusions of this paper, the Government is left with only a single viable opt. [...] The purpose of this paper is to explain why we have reached this conclusion - ie, why the ongoing harmful effects of the WA/NIP prevent the UK from ‘breaking free’ if the UK exits the TP without an agreement with the EU. [...] An instructive way of gauging the harmful effects of the WA/NIP is to show the destructive impact they would have on Government achieving its Brexit objectives, as set out in the Conservative 2019 Election Manifesto; for example, “We will keep the UK out of the single market, out of any form of customs union, and end the role of the European Court of Justice.” This paper concludes that • The impac. [...] The purpose of this section of the paper is to explain the harmful effects of the WA/NIP. [...] EFFECTS OF THE WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT The WA is a legally binding international treaty with the following effects on the laws and judicial system of the UK.

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