How on earth do all these independent countries and states manage with no Single Market or Customs Union?

Graham Charles Lear
3 min readNov 30, 2019

How on earth do all these independent countries and states manage it? Well, let’s look at some simple facts which come from the EU Commission itself.

207 non-EU, independent countries and states sold products to the EU
worth €1.58 trillion pounds in 2017

These countries are successfully selling to the EU

  1. These countries are not members of the Single Market but they sell successfully to the EU

2. They are not members of the Customs Union but they sell successfully to the EU

3. They are not members of the EEA but they sell successfully to the EU

4. They have control of their borders, their money, and their laws, but they sell successfully to the EU

5. And the only country in the top 40 with a full, ratified Free Trade Agreement with the EU is South Korea.

These countries are :

  1. Not paying billions of pounds per year for access

2. Not having EU laws imposed on their parliament and their people

3. Not having EU regulations imposed on all their businesses, whether they sell to the EU or not

4. Not accepting 3.8m EU citizens into their country

5. Not allowing the EU to try to take part of their territory

6 Not allowing the EU to take most of the fish in their territorial waters

How do you explain this Jo Swinson?

How do you explain this Corbyn?

How do you explain this Nicola Sturgeon?

How do you explain this Remain MPs?

How do you explain this Remain BBC?

How do you explain this Remain Sky news?

How do you explain this Remain Channel 4?

You can't can you?

What PATHETIC ’creatures you all are.

The UK can be one of these normal, independent countries

If the vast majority of global sales into the EU come from countries which are not members of the EU’s Single Market or Customs Union, why shouldn’t the UK become one of them?

If over 200 countries and states can do it, why can’t the United Kingdom? This is the NORMAL way of selling to the EU.

It is a sad fact that for years MPs have been standing up in the House of Commons on a daily basis, telling the British people that membership of the EU’s Single Market and the EU’s Customs Union is essential.

based on analysis of official EU data, shows clearly that this is not the case.

The vast majority of sales into the EU are from normal, independent countries over whom the EU does not have the dominance and control — nor the punishment — which it has been attempting to impose on the United Kingdom since it voted to leave.

Trading with the EU like the rest of the World is normal.
Coming under its thumb is not.

[ Sources: Official EU data — Eurostat ]

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Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.