Brexit: EU want to ‘protect’ single market ‘integrity’ says expert
The UK finally left the EU on January 1 this year after years of negotiations and talks with the bloc. But europhiles in Britain are already demanding the decision be reversed, due to teething problems caused by new policies.
Rejoin the EU campaigner A C Grayling tweeted: “It’s obvious: at very least, & immediately, we need to rejoin the Single Market and the Customs Union.
“Brexit is proving to be the disaster predicted – and worse.”
Professor Brian Cox, who is also an ardent supporter of the EU, tweeted: “This position is unsustainable.
“How can your export industries compete when you are the ONLY country between Iceland and Turkey with pure third country status?
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“It reminds me of thermodynamics; the only statistically probable path is back towards equilibrium.”
Other rejoiners have also hit out amid reports of extra charges for deliveries in post-Brexit Britain.
Labour member Max Finch said: “The fight to remain is over; the fight to #RejoinEU has begun!”
The Leeds for Europe Twitter account also urged the UK to rejoin the EU and the single market.
Replying to a tweet from Brexiteer John Redwood, they said: “This is Brexit.
“If you want to undo it then great – welcome to our club.
“First step – join EU Customs Union and Single Market.
“Then – #RejoinEU. Free movement of goods and people will be restored.”
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The official Twitter account for ReJoin the EU Party tweeted: “We won’t get to #RejoinEU unless we start talking loudly and constantly about the rights and freedoms we’ve lost and what we could gain by rejoining.”
Since leaving the Single Market, Mr Johnson has handed over £23m to the fishing industry as compensation for the “eye-watering” red tape.
Now, the Prime Minister is facing another crisis as more than 120 lorries carrying British meat was stuck at Rotterdam in Holland, including one transporting pork since January 1.
David Lindars from British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) told PoliticsHome: “This is food that is sold and then cannot reach its destination due to clerical bureaucracy and the misunderstanding of the rules we (the UK) and they (the EU) are operating to.
“All paperwork is checked for 100 percent of products entering the EU and the number of issues raised at the border control posts determine whether a truck is held for hours, days, or even weeks.
“There are huge issues with a system that is fundamentally not designed for a short shelf-life food.
“The Scottish fishermen are going to get compensated as an industry. What have we been offered so far? Nothing.
“Exporters will have to pay for disposal cost, so there’ll be another bill coming.”
His statement comes after comments made by Michael Gove in 2016 have resurfaced.
Mr Gove said: “There is a free trade zone stretching from Iceland to Turkey that all European nations have access to, regardless of whether they are in or out of the euro or EU.
“After we vote to leave we will stay in this zone.”
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