The embers from the Brexit bonfires may be out and the new 50p Brexit coin’s now common currency but Brexit’s not yet done. Westminster is facing big decisions about our future relationship with the EU, the world’s biggest free trade zone. Legislation is before Parliament which will shape our economy in years to come. The Agriculture Bill seeks to move beyond the CAP, the Fisheries Bill will determine the industry’s future post CFP and the Environment Bill will help shape our countryside. But what will really matter will be the trade deal we sign with the EU – or whether we want a deal at all. Local fishing communities will be hoping that any deal on financial services and the City won’t be bought at the cost of the UK fishing industry like when we joined the EU. The key issue is regulatory alignment, how close the UK economy will stay to EU rules on things like employment and environmental protection. The message from our Government is blurred perhaps deliberately so. On the one hand the Chancellor says there won’t be alignment but then says we won’t diverge for the sake of it. Eventually choices will have to be made and potential risks are high. In the United States politicians talk of going to Washington to “drain the swamp” to solve the nation’s ills. Until recently we were able to blame Brussels for our woes. In future there’ll be no one else to blame. Those choices will shape our country going forward. The battle for Britain is just beginning.

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