David Davis, who is the former Brexit secretary, produced alongside the government, the ‘white paper’, which is a document outlining the 12 main criteria for Brexit. Consisting of 75 pages, it shows how we will be leaving the single market, the European court of Justice and the customs union, also outlining how insignificant immigration change will be. Davis, commented by illustrating, “best days are still to come”, for the UK, whilst labour believe the document “says nothing” and lacks value as the votes have already been counted, whether or not Britain change their mind.
Plans for immigration, are yet to be justified, as the document entails that; "implementing any new immigration arrangements for EU nationals and the support they receive will be complex and Parliament will have an important role in considering these matters further”. Furthermore, a system needs to be devised to show what will happen to current EU nationals living in the UK. Businesses will play an essential part in the UK economy, being carefully prioritised to make sure, skilled workers are welcomed into the jobs sector. "This would give businesses and individuals enough time to plan and prepare for those new arrangements”. Such arrangements may involve, limiting international trade or cutting back on expenses. The government will be tackling a social issue regarding how vastly immigration will be controlled, on whether to economically satisfy business and the economy or prioritise the people, delivering on their expectancy of adequate action. Therefore, it has been confirmed that it will take several years until we see any effects on immigration patterns. On the other hand, the government is slowly piecing together a plan, focusing on foreign students, as tuition fees accumulate a fair amount of revenue for the country.
A major selling point for Brexit was saving the expense of £350 million on the cost of remaining in the EU, which was thought to have transitioned into helping the NHS. As a result, it seems as though “appropriate contributions”, will still be funded to Brussels, Europol, scientific and research departments and the European security arrangements. Europol correlates alongside the European arrest warrant, which generates a problem for May, due to the fact many MP’s despise of it. All in all this results in payments continuing to be sent to the EU, until further notice. Not to mention exiting the EU may cost us up to £51.5 billion, it seems as though we’ve let down the National Health Service.
Ever since 1923, there has been a common travel area (cta) between Ireland and Britain. However, an unresolved issue on the borders of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remains, leaving the customs Union does not help resolve the problem anymore. The white paper lacks purpose to suggest what will happen, being unprepared, a suggestion of moving the UK border to the Irish Sea seems to be too controversial. “When the UK leaves the EU we aim to have as seamless and frictionless a border as possible between Northern Ireland and Ireland”, not convincing or reassuring to many residences.
Leaving the single market, seems far from close, as: trade, security and custom arrangements all seem to remain the same in the white papers; "may take in elements of current Single Market arrangements in certain areas as it makes no sense to start again from scratch when the UK and the remaining Member States have adhered to the same rules for so many years”. This clearly displays the fact little progress is being made to thoroughly shift ourselves away from the EU, displaying signs that Britain may not be as much of an independent country as it thought to be. Even our trade schedules, which are trade relationships, have just been in the EU and are continuing that way.