Sounds simple but the Rolls Royce minds of the FCO cannot implement this simple negotiating principle. As a result the French are running rings round DD as they previously did with DC and his fake negotiation. Negotiation is quite easy. You decide what you want and ask for it.
The media phrase that I detest most is the EU hold most of the cards. They don't but if we are not prepared to play the strong cards we have the EU will walk all over us. The EU despite their crocodile tears are trying to wreck our country. We must respond robustly to these bullies.
The cards we do hold are the amount of EU goods we import, our intelligence capability, our financial services which are not just in the City of London and our incorruptible common law that predates the Norman conquest and Bayeux tapestry and goes back to Saxon courts. The corrupt. ECJ system is highly politicised and distrusted outside the EU. It is the integrity of our legal system that explains the success of our financial services. It is the political corruption of the ECJ that explains the relative failure of EU financial services. Our Universities are outstanding in all fields and can compete with the best US institutions.
The English language is a double edged sword . As long as we are in the EU the mid Europeans can unite to hate us as freedom parties in British colonies did. As soon as the Brits left they started squabbling with each other. There will be a similar fall out amongst the mid Europeans when we leave. Who will make up the EU budget short?
We should leave under WTO rules on 29th March. By all means have an implementation period but the so transition period is just a big business ploy to keep us in the EU aided by Brussels to keep a hold of our money as long as possible