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Old 6th Dec 2018, 23:42
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Originally Posted by Gipsy Queen View Post
My concern is that the national will, having effectively been thwarted by one body, now is being disregarded by another. The absolute refusal to consider living under WTO regulations which serve the bulk of the trading world well enough and of which we are an existing member, is just one element in a mix clearly designed to impede our break from Europe.

Sad, innit.
Very sad, particularly as the UK is NOT a member of the WTO in our own right. We are a member of the EU, and part of the EU's WTO membership. When we leave the EU we do not automatically become a WTO member as some Brexiteers would like to believe. Our membership has to be split from the EU's joint membership, and this is another issue that has to be negotiated between us.

The UK is already a WTO member, but its membership terms are bundled with the EU’s. Re-establishing the UK’s WTO status in its own right means both the UK and the EU would negotiate simultaneously with the rest of the WTO’s members to extract their separate membership terms. Agreement on the UK’s terms is unlikely before those of the EU.

If we crash out next March without any agreement, we will not be an WTO member.

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