Someone said :
Why can we not just have bilateral agreements?
Switzerland who have a series of bilateral agreements with the EU to have access to the single market accept the 4 freedoms including free movement which ukgov rejects and has made a red line .
the reason mays ukgov can't get bilaterals is because if they then rejected one of them all of the bilateral s would fail , as happens in Switzerland , these are the consequences May mentioned in her speech .
They want bilaterals in air , nuclear, chemical, medicines -safety they don't function now at the whim of parliament why should they in a future where they could be suspended in a vote - this is a prime example of the schizophrenia of the Tory party.
Theresa May does propose a " customs partnership or agreement " but without detail so it remains to be seen what she / ungov mean ( is it semantics ... reality means NI must remain within the customs union the ukgov might have decided saying the UK is in agreement with the customs union or in partnership with it is a " clever" way of trying to say they ain't in the customs union.
There will only be bilateral talks between the EU and UK and not trilateral talks as ungov suggested as negotiations are BI lateral ( not tri).