The supposed “problem” of the post-Brexit border between the UK and Ireland has become a much-debated topic. It is alleged that, unless the UK (or at least Northern Ireland) remains within the EU customs union or, as sometimes claimed, inside the single market, the resulting bureaucracy will lead to massive tailbacks at the UK/Irish border while paperwork is checked, and that this will lead to a breakdown of the better community relations of recent years and even a return to terrorism.
This paper explains why these assumptions are not only unfounded, but grossly exaggerated. It explains the issues involved, sets out some practical measures which have the endorsement of leading authorities in the field and outlines a proposal for how UK/Irish trade could be conducted after Brexit to achieve a frictionless border.
UK Parliament – Exiting the European Union Committee (House of Commons): On 21 March 2018, the Joint-Spokesman on International Trade for the Conservatives in the European Parliament, David Campbell Bannerman MEP was invited to give oral evidence to UK MPs on the Exiting the EU Committee in the House of Commons on ‘The progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal’. He spoke specifically on the subject of his ‘SuperCanada‘ and Irish border policy paper proposals to a full contingent of the Committee’s MPs across six political parties, including the Conservative Party, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, DUP, and Plaid Cymru.
You can also download a transcript of the Q&A evidence (pdf) by clicking here.
14.3.18 express.co.ukBrexit HOPE as ‘balanced’ EU trade deal on the horizon as Brussels signals MAJOR shift. BRITAIN’S Brexit hopes got a lift yesterday with signs the EU is shifting in favour of the kind of trade deal sought by Theresa May.Read David’s comments in the article here.
An independent thinkpiece by David Campbell Bannerman MEP
An independent thinkpiece by David Campbell Bannerman MEP
The “problem” of the border between the UK and Ireland after Brexit has become a much-debated topic. It is alleged that, unless the UK (or at least Northern Ireland) remains within the EU Customs Union (or, sometimes, inside the Single Market), the resulting bureaucracy will lead to massive tailbacks at the UK/Irish border while paperwork is checked, and that this will lead to a breakdown of the better community relations of recent years.
This note explains why these allegations are unfounded. It explains the issues involved, sets out some practical measures which have the endorsement of leading authorities in the field and outlines a proposal for how UK/Irish trade could be conducted after Brexit to achieve a friction-free border.
For several years now, I have been arguing for a ‘SuperCanada’ (or CETA+++) bespoke deal with the EU to replace our EU membership. In the next few weeks, it’s very possible this will become the UK’s agreed position after Cabinet level discussions.
I would be relieved rather than celebratory if this were to be the case, as I honestly believe SuperCanada works for all sides and avoids many of the complications of trying to half stay in the EU, Single Market, EEA or, critically, the EU Customs Union.
We’d be simply like many other free, sovereign, independent nations – such as Japan, the USA or India – seeking a friendly and mutually advantageous trade deal with the EU.
Read the full article by David on brexitcentral.com by clicking here.
View speeches from the “Good Life after Brexit” conference, organised by David Campbell Bannerman and featuring Nigel Farage, Sir Bill Cash, John Redwood and many others. You can also see the full list on the speeches page here
Interviewed in the Telegraph, Co-Chair of the ‘Conservatives for Britain’ Group David Campbell Bannerman MEP said that ‘If the EU is not willing to return significiant powers to our shores, then Britain should leave. ‘ The MEP went on to say of the Group that ‘We will set out what we believe needs to be achieved in the Renegotiation process if Britain is to remain a member of the EU. Restricting freedom of movement of EU citizens and making the UK Parliament sovereign over EU law are likely to feature heavily in our agenda.’ Read the full story in The Telegraph here.
David Campbell Bannerman was also interviewed on the R5L show ‘Pienaar’s Politics’:
The launch was also covered by BBC Radio Four News:
David Campbell Bannerman MEP was also interviewed by ConservativeHome on the launch of the new Group. You can read the interview here.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph on the 31st May 2015, David Campbell Bannerman demanded that Cameron’s EU reform must not be a ‘sham’. The MEP for the Eastern Counties said that Prime Minister has the opportunity to be radical and must take it.
The ‘Alternatives to EU Membership’ Conference on Wednesday 18th February was hailed a great success with such leading speakers as Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Sir Bill Cash MP, John Mills, Matthew Elliott and of course the organiser David Campbell Bannerman MEP who spoke on EEA Lite.
You can view all the speeches from the conference by clicking this link here.
Over 110 delegates attended the ECR EU Conference held at Europe House, London, hosted by David Campbell Bannerman MEP
To find out more information about David’s book ‘Time to Jump’ or to order a copy, you can visit the Time to Jump website here.
David Campbell Bannerman has also published ‘The Ultimate Plan B: A Positive Vision of an independent Britain outside the European Union’ booklet. You can request a copy or download a pdf. More information can be found here.
This is what Delegates said of the Conference:
“Thank you for hosting an excellent conference which helped me complete my journey towards euroscepticism!” Jonathan Roberts, UK Chamber of Shipping
“Thank you very much for organising yesterday’s conference – it was truly superb!” Rory Broomfield, The Freedom Association
“We go to so many debates and discussions about the EU and I have certainly been to my fair share over many years but this was the best by far!” Lindsay Jenkins, author