Theresa May's idea of negotiation is to wave a white flag, agree to everything EU wants as first move and then hope and pray EU will give her some crumbs.
The plan May is trying to push through would make UK follow EU directives and hitch UK to EU rules FOREVER with NO say in anything.
This despite the fact that UK imports more stuff from EU (especially Germany and France) that it exports to.
If May would have played a hard negotiation strategy where UK would have demanded free access to all products made to EU specifications in UK to EU markets in exchange for giving free access to EU made products to EU specifications to UK markets May would have definitely got that because German industry and French industry would have been yelling at Merkel and Macron to give UK what it wants to keep their huge export market.
UK should be able to also have their own standards for products inside UK either made in the UK or imported to UK from outside of UK like from USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, India etc. but May has tied UK's neck to EU regulations as the opening offer from May.
May is incompetent and her Brexit plan has been written by ex-communist bureaucrat called Olly Robbins.
Tories should kick May out and demand the plan I just wrote above regarding products and also free access of all UK services to EU if those services follow EU rules but keep UK free to decide all internal UK rules for products and services as it likes plus stopping all EU migration of people to UK and have UK decide itself who it wants to come and cut ALL UK welfare off from all EU nationals.
Visa freedom should be reciprocal between UK and EU so tourism flows freely like before but UK is out of Schengen like it has always been so there are controls stopping illegal immigrants and following who comes to UK and when they leave.
Ireland- Northern Ireland border can be solved by having an allowance of 500 pounds of products one can bring free to either side, have some spot checks for large vans and trucks and tell companies to declare the things they bring to UK from Ireland at the local customs officials.
Customs should work so that there are customs officials at large factories and large warehouses so no need for customs at the border. Smaller companies can have self reporting and random checks if they are deemed trustworthy and new companies have their imports checked at border so less volume and no queues.
If EU agrees to NO customs then NO customs but if EU acts difficult have customs at WTO tariffs.
The biggest advantage EU used to have was free trade but this advantage was made much smaller by WTO so WTO rules are OK also.
Remember EU imports much more to UK than UK exports to EU so UK has all the power in the negotiation.
Plus UK companies can run their services through EU subsidiaries for EU market so this is not a problem if EU does not want to give free service access to UK firms.
If EU plays nice UK can pay the about 50 billion EU thinks they owe for already agreed long term EU budgets but if EU does not play nice UK can tell Germany and France to paqy that to EU and that UK will pay NOTHING.
May was incompetent also in agreeing to pay that money before anything else.
It is like Theresa May has NO experience at all about business or negotiation..
Oh right, theresa May has NO experience at all about business or negotiation she is a career politician...