by Alan Duncan MP
"Brexiteers have yet to offer a convincing picture of what a post-EU United Kingdom would look like. Statistics about the volume of trade we conduct with others are used to argue that business would continue unimpaired. Massive costs are attributed to the burden of EU regulation, and all would be better, if only we had the courage to leave. But I believe this logic is flawed.
It is a fundamental tenet of Conservative thought that we are realists who take the world as we find it – and that we reject utopian philosophies which offer a path towards perfection. Some say that leaving the EU is no different to resigning from the local cricket club and that we can simply return the UK to the status quo ante. The language of this theoretical paradise has become the Marxism of the Right. It is unwise, and is fraught with danger.
Disengaging from the EU, and dismantling its current agreements, would be massively complicated. The assurance that a new raft of trade agreements could quickly be whisked up looks like a fanciful pretence. We are being offered a promised land, with little promise."