We also had the Brexit White Paper released on Thursday, which was ambitious in its attempt to buy time and reveal nothing new of substance across 77 pages. The paper is essentially just an expanded version of May's "Plan for Britain" Speech with lots of added graphs and statistics. The paper at least demonstrates that the government has some grasp over the sheer number and complexity of the issues we may face. However, the government seems to be going out of its way to avoid properly discussing either the EEA or EFTA as part of the strategy. Use of the EFTA court is straight-up not mentioned in the dispute resolution mechanism section which is just bizarre. David Davis said soon after that membership of EFTA is not being considered because it leaves us within the reach of “European courts”. This is despite the fact that we can join EFTA essentially as a trade deal, which would expose us to no such thing (without doing this we must negotiate new trade deals with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein individually, as I understand it). Similarly, whilst many arguments can be made against EEA membership the fact remains that as a transitional platform it would render most of the issues raised in the paper moot for the foreseeable future. Yet the arguments for and against are simply not made, which is really just odd at this point. It also doesn’t square particularly with this bit:
Finally, the legal case over Article 127 of the EEA agreement, and whether A50 can pull us out of the single market, was thrown out of the High Court in little over an hour on Friday. The case was thrown out for being "premature", which I don't really understand, but the group can now appeal and have suggested that "unless the Government gives business and the country the certainty it needs and deserves, it is highly likely we will be here again".