Stephen Jenner wrote:
I think it's even simpler than Milne suggests, can't we just repeal the ECA and have done with it…?
As the other commenters here have suggested, we are where we are, we just keep them that way and address each "competence" on the basis of urgency, in the same way that these things were insinuated into our law by the EEC/EU and their puppets in Westminster and Whitehall. Indeed, if there is problem, it is there rather than Brussels.
It doesn't take long to shut the doors to free movement, we are not even in Schengen, and as for fishing, surely we just adopt the Canada/Greenland model and keep vessels out of certain areas, and stop drowning what has been caught because of stupid quotas.
I think retirees are slightly different, they do not demand much from their host nation, as they pay their own medical costs and draw their pensions from their former employer schemes and National Insurance.
Of course that does not dispute your assertion Richard, that full disntanglement won't in reality take many years either.
Apart from anything else, we have devolved administrations, with the most active fisheries in Scottish waters. In those waters, we have historic agreements with other nations, which pre-date the CFP, conferring on fishermen grandfather rights which would have to be honoured under international law.
By the time you have sorted those issues, only then are you in a position to decide how you are going to regulate fishing effort, the technical aspects of which are far from clear or agreed. It is one thing to abandon discards ... which is the problem ... and species quotas in mixed fisheries, but there is then no agreement on which regulatory model is most appropriate (there are several, and the Canadian model is not necessarily the most appropriate) - then having regard to the enforcement issues.
Any idea that the UK could come up with an all-singing, all-dancing fisheries policy in the space of two years is sheer moonshine.
Then, then, is just one issue. Now have a look at Eurocontrol and the network of agreements that regulate international air traffic. In forward planning terms, ten years is speed of light ... and Milne thinks we can pull clear of EU involvement within two years? He is seriously, totally, barking mad if that is his view.
Now multiply the same sentiment through all the different policy areas, where there is no good will, because we have walked out of the EU, and the member states are highly pissed off.