For member states there is no better deal outside of the European Union.

The grass may have looked greener to some.

But if we have learned anything in the past couple of years, surely it must be that the lush field doesn’t exist, and never did?

It was a necessary illusion created and encouraged by those who wanted out of the EU for their own reasons, but understood only financial and philosophical arguments would convince enough people to commit to a fake future.

The simple truth however, just like the core premise in the adage, that the grass isn’t always greener over the fence, is that there’s a good chance it’s been painted green with lead based paint.

What I’m desperately trying to say is that we were okay; things weren’t perfect, but they were, even at their worst, better than any replacement deal that’s turned up on the Brexit negotiation table.

The good news is that we haven’t actually gone there yet. The gate is still open, we’ve only half way walked through, and it doesn’t slam shut until March 29, 2019. Until that date we can jump back into the safety of our old EU field.

Our old deal as members of the EU, which is still available to us, with its special arrangements negotiated by successive UK governments, including Lady Thatcher, was a far better one for us than any likely replacement that has been on the table since June 24, 2016.

It’s easy: we just need to cancel Article 50!🔷

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