My answer to What approach should the UK take in negotiating its new relationship with the EU?
Answer by Desmond Last:
In any negotiation the outcome has to be win win. Negotiation requires several prerequisites if it is to succeed. Respect, friendship and a position of strength.
Most importantly it requires the position of the negotiation in an overall strategy. The negotiation itself cannot be the strategy as then it has no purpose other than to defeat the other side.
Those who are carrying out the negotiation must be brutally honest and disarmingly frank. That said the U.K begins on the back foot. Which is not how we should begin.
It is we the U.K who are seeking the negotiation not the E.U.
How then can the U.K Government seek the terms of Brexit whilst at the same time conform to the E.U’s requirements.
The E.U cannot allow the U.K to enjoy terms more favourable than those which are given by membership. That may then induce other E.U countries to Brexit.
Junkers is their strong arm man but also their weak link. Open borders may work in a non-ISIS world but post Syria ISIS will want to continue its battle in the Metros of Europe.
Theresa May has no experience in Industrial Strategy nor in Economics – New or Old.
May will need new advice. I do not give much value to her advisers who do not have any new ideas.
The U.K has to strengthen its negotiating position. The way to do that is to form EU2.
This is a formal alliance with those who are outside of the E.U who trade with Europe.
Junkers is taking the E.U down the path of a Super State. The U.K has to counter the growing strength of the E.U bureaucracy with EU2.
By forming an Official non-E.U group the U.K can still lead in negotiations and a future Europe.