In an article for CapX—a new global pro-market news service, making the case for popular capitalism—Ronald Stewart-Brown argues that if we are thinking of withdrawal we should not let the unattainable best be the enemy of the attainable good. Therefore we should be prepared to negotiate to stay in Europe for trade through a new inter-governmental customs union agreement with the EU.
Speech to the 1922 Committee's Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and International Development 06.05.14
Set out below is the text of a speech by Ronald Stewart-Brown on 6th May 2014
Set out below is the text of a speech given by Ronald Stewart-Brown at a panel discussion on Tuesday, 19th March 2013 at The Institute of Economic Affairs. The subject of the discussion was "Britain and Europe—if out, how?"
This blog on the Fresh Start Project website (http://www.eufreshstart.org/home) is based on a speech given by Ronald Stewart-Brown at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for European Reform on 22nd May 2012. It argues that it may be difficult to negotiate for the reform and recovery of powers within the EU treaties that many would like to see. But there is a lot to be done to make the TPRC's favoured alternative of a new, essentially inter-governmental customs union based agreement with the EU into a credible policy option.
This online version of Ronald Stewart-Brown's article in The Daily Telegraph on 5th January 2012 argues that the UK needs a fallback plan to leave the European Union in order to strengthen its negotiating position within it. Yet the most widely canvassed ways of leaving the EU would not work. To retain free movement of goods, the UK would need to negotiate to stay in customs union with the EU, but on a new inter-governmental basis. This article was later published on the Fresh Start Project website.