Timmy having fun elsewhere

Absurd But It Works – Ensure EU Single Market Access Post-Brexit With Export Taxes

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  1. It’s an import duty collected by the exporting country.

    Your idea has the added benefit that these import duties will ultimately be paid by the EU consumer, as they ought.

  2. I’m a Leaver and my toys are arranged neatly in my pram (I’ll give Luis a demonstration when he’s calmed down). Strikes me that the EU tariff system will do our dirty work for us, save the gov’t the political inconvenience of imposing them itself. But perhaps it should impose a tariff, a high tariff on all flight s and boats from mainland UK to the Republic of Ireland. Should open up the route through NI a bit (and Sinn Fein cab call it’s fucking border referendum). Should also concentrate Irish minds, help Irish eyes smile in friendship.

    Other than that Tim, cracking idea.

  3. why not just set a tariff at a level that should break even with £8bn? Surely that amounts to the same thing?

  4. @abacab. Yes. Seems in principle like selling in any market- where there is an entrance fee the participants should be paying it. I’ve yet to see a proposal that the taxpayer should pay fees for boot sales or markets. If there isn’t a profit after the fees have been paid then it’s not worth entering the market.
    Bonus- it will direct exporters to markets with cheaper fees, thus directing British trade elsewhere than the EU, thereby reducing the political pressure to rejoin. That is unless the EU learns to be reasonable in which case rejoining wouldn’t be so bad.

  5. Question: does anyone know how much profit British businesses make selling into the single market? Not the value because that includes the costs as well as the profit. Is the total profit enough to justify the entry fee? And how many of the exporters are making enough to cover their share of the entry fee.

  6. That’s a devastatingly effective piece of argumentation there Tim. It should be widely distributed over the coming weeks.

  7. What about services? Don’t tariffs only cover stuff you can stub your toe on? And other barriers exist for services (including crucially financials)? I mean I can sell cars into France regardless of the Single Market as long as I pay the correct tariff and there’s no-one who can stop me (apart from the French Customs impounding my cars for 6 months while they work out the correct tariff of course) but can I sell financial services and just pay a tariff, or can that be blocked legally?

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