I think most Leave voters now accept that leaving the European Union will hurt the UK economy. But a lot of people still feel that’s a price worth paying to regain control of immigration.
Brussels insists that freedom of movement is required if we’re to stay in the Single Market, but there may be some wiggle-room regarding exactly what “freedom of movement” means for us.
Suppose David Davis were able to negotiate a compromise along the following lines: would Leave-voters accept it if it meant we could remain in the Single Market and the Customs Union?
- Freedom of movement to be limited to people who come to the UK in order to work.
- It would only apply to people who have an offer of a specific job.
- Employment offers to be made in such a way as to avoid serious threats to the UK’s standard of living and level of employment.
- Freedom of movement to be subject to limitations on the grounds of public security — e.g. preventing suspected terrorists from entering the UK.
- It would also be subject to limitations on the grounds of public health.
- Non-UK Europeans working in the UK would be subject to the same provisions governing employment as UK nationals.
How does this read to Leave-voters? Would you be happy to remain in the Single Market under the terms of such a compromise?