Generation Brexit

Closer Ties to Individual Governments, Leave European Union

The UK should forge deals with European countries where it is mutually advantageous but attempt to do so wherever possible on a bilateral basis. Obviously, this will be difficult due to the fact that countries that are members of the EU have given up significant sovereignty in their ability to make their own deals with non-EU countries. For example, the Common Commercial Policy means that regrettably the UK will not be able to form individual trade deals with countries within the EU and instead has the near-impossible task of attempting to negotiate a deal which satisfies all 27 remaining members. However, the UK's liberation from this same policy is one of the great potential benefits that the UK must make the most of on leaving the EU. The UK must be proactive at negotiating trade deals with all the growing countries across the world that have been unforgivably shut out by the continental protectionism of the EU. The EU is punitively attempting to restrict the UK's ability to do this for as long as possible but the UK cannot afford to wait to start talks until after the transition period. 

Above all, the UK should maintain as close as possible relationships with European governments and other democratically elected governments world-wide whilst remaining at as much of a distance as possible from the demands of the European Union. 

This, no doubt, not an easy balancing act but it is one many other non-EU countries have succeeded in doing and one that the UK continues to succeed in doing with other international trading blocs. 

Martina Svibic Feb 13, 2018

I totally agree with you that good relations between the UK and EU Member States need to be kept up/build. Reading about the Common Commercial Policy made me think about possibilities to circumvent it. So, I just wanted to add an idea to your post. It is possible, for instance, to forge deals with individual member states with regard to working holiday programmes. Of course, this would only be a small step in strengthening the relationship with the respective member state. But, as especially young people seem in favor of the EU, it may be a good one to begin with.

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Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz Feb 13, 2018

Great comment. What exactly do you mean by 'working holiday partnerships'?

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Martina Svibic Feb 13, 2018

Young people (usually between 18 and 30) can work for up 12 months (more often for six months) in another country - thereby combining holiday and working. Usually, it is also possible to study there.
For instance (AUT with AUS, KOR, etc., and most recently Israel):

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Evie J Feb 25, 2018

I agree that this would be a good idea to have the 'Working holiday partnerships' as it creates the opportunities for study and working in other countries, which we would benefit from too!! I believe it definitely would strengthen relationships as you said, and this could soften Brexit

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