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One of the most critical issues for the Brexit negotiations in relation to trade is whether the UK should remain in the EU Single Market.  The Conservatives claim that the UK will no longer be members of its single market or its customs union by the end of a two-year transitional period, but at his party’s conference, Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour government would strike a deal with the EU that “guarantees unimpeded access to the single market” after Brexit.

We have produced a short, animated video that explains what the Single Market is, how it works and the ways it effects trade, and thereby the economy.  This includes the role of the European Court of Justice. Ultimately, the video explains that there is a trade-off between making your laws independently and cooperating sufficiently to be a part of a bigger market and achieve higher incomes.

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  • Tim says:

    This is a brilliant video. What a shame this kind of information was more widely available before the EU referendum. I am quite sure many people who voted for brexit didn’t have anything like even this basic level of understanding of how the Single Market works. 🙁

    I would add though, it’s even more basic than car parts meeting safety regulations consistently. The Single Market means that when a supplier in one country sells jam to a retailer in another country, they can be sure they mean exactly the same thing by “jam”. Which may sound simple, but actually it’s really important to be clear on the details, and it makes trade so much easier. This is a great article explaining the jam example in more detail: https://www.johnkay.com/2016/10/24/jam-tomorrow-meaning-non-tariff-trade-barriers/

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