We’ve known for a while that Jacob Rees Mogg and company were working on an alternative to the Chequers plan, and today we finally saw it.
Named “Plan A+”, the proposal was announced by the Institute of Economic Affairs and was launched by cross-bench, pro-Leave MPs, including David Davis, Jacob Rees Mogg, and Gisela Stuart.
It’s already gaining support, with Tory Remain MP Greg Hands tweeting his support for the plan. He explained that Plan A+ was the kind of free trade agreement he’d like to see.
This is the perfect time for it, too. The EU has made it perfectly clear that they don’t want the Chequers deal, and the political elite have made it equally clear that they don’t want No Deal. So in comes Jacob Rees-Mogg to save the day.
The new plan is essentially a free trade deal with the European Union – which the EU, by the way, has already offered. The only reason we haven’t already taken the free trade deal option with the EU is because Theresa May doesn’t really want Brexit, and doesn’t want to divide the United Kingdom.
Fair enough – but Rees-Mogg has long said that splitting off Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK isn’t necessary, and his Plan A+ outlines how.
The report suggests that the UK should call for a more advanced free trade agreement with the EU which uses technology to prevent a hard border. I suppose they’re talking cameras and other monitoring equipment at the border that allows us to track who comes and goes. I’m sure it could work in terms of the movement of goods, but I remain concerned about the prospects of illegal migration by Third World immigrants with EU passports.
A few days ago I would have said I think we’re moving towards a No Deal Brexit, but things seem very different now. Theresa May is desperately trying to unite the Cabinet and tell the public that they’re all on board with her Chequers deal – but The Telegraph says otherwise.
In a report today, The Telegraph said that the majority of the Cabinet now supports a Canada-style trade deal (a la Plan A+), meaning the Prime Minister might be the last and only person on board with Chequers. That’s a good sign for us.