23 May 2018 / UK
Forgoing EU benefits 'act of self-harm'
One of the most puzzling aspects of the arguments over Britain's exit from the European Union is the way that the single market and customs union have been spun as something sinister from which the UK needs to escape so that it can be free to trade with the rest of the world. I was a diplomat for nearly 40 years, writes David Warren, and spent much of that time promoting British trade and attracting foreign investment, particularly from Japan. Membership of the single market and customs union was a magnet for the latter, and no hindrance to the former.