After Brexit the UK will lose more than 750 international arrangements
Brexiteers aren’t big on detail – as we’ve learned in recent months, when we found out cabinet ministers didn’t even read the headlines of the backstop deals they’d agreed. The result is a disaster, as this graphic – the result of painstaking research by the Financial Times – shows. Through the EU, the UK has access to more than 700 deals on trade, regulations, agriculture standards, fishery policies and even nuclear policy.
These are deals with third countries that we’re set to lose. Some will be simple to transfer, but none is automatic – and some will be very complex indeed. Any time anyone tells you Brexit can be simple, or we don’t need a transition: ask them about this chart.