Leaked government documents from the UK conservative party have revealed plans for the United Kingdom to undergo a “grey Brexit”; that being neither a hard Brexit nor a soft Brexit.
A hard Brexit implies the UK will sever all ties to the European Union (including the single market) and strictly rely on trade deals established by the World Trade Organisation.
A soft Brexit, on the other hand, implies the UK will continue to be part of the EU single market, which current Prime Minister, Theresa May, has effectively ruled out because it would prevent the UK establishing its own regulations regarding immigration.
The apparent compromise between the two outcomes is a “grey Brexit”, which David Davis (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union) has been given permission to plan and eventually implement.
In what comes as significant news for our campaign, the plan includes provisions for negotiating trade deals with other countries outside the EU and creating “a prosperity zone of North America, Australia and New Zealand”.
Of course, the definition of a “prosperity zone” is open to interpretation, but the very mention of mutual prosperity agreements with Canada, Australia and New Zealand (with the USA) implies potential negotiations of free trade, international diplomacy and freedom of movement between the CANZUK nations.