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Old 25.07.2016, 09:28
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Re: Freedom of Movement for EU nationals: should the Swiss bend the knee?

As I understand it, there is a time limit for how long the safeguard clause can be applied, hence the expiry of the clause for a bunch of countries for CH in may 2014.

UK did not exercise the option to use the safeguard clause when Poland and several other countries joined. It was the only country not to do so at the time, and got a lot more of EU immigrants as a result, compared to the other countries. Again the pattern of blaming the EU for choices the national government made. If it joins the EEA now, then it could apply these clauses again.

If the UK must leave the common market eventually, then it needs time to prepare. Negotiate trade agreements, separate UK and EU law, etc. Getting this deal gives seven plus two years after art 50 is invoked to be able to do that. The chance of an economic shock is much reduced and may even be eliminated with good management.

Again this will depend on what Teresa May decides must happen nine years down the road. That leaves atleast two general elections in the interim.

In any event, there is a lot of resistance within the Tories for even an eea deal now. And lots of pissed off EU countries.
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