“The Government may have to look far and wide to find the legions of staff it needs for post-Brexit trade talks,” reports The Telegraph in the latest wave of scare mongering.
Has the civil service not heard of training? Aren’t they able to set up a series of courses for commercial officers in embassies around the world, and not just for the EU, to familiarize them with every aspect of trade negotiations?
Participants could learn the basic economics of trade, the elements of a good trade deal (more UK exports, but imports in sectors where the UK has a need and little or no domestic supply), tariffs, customs etc in a few short hours.
There could also be a Masterclass in legal issues concerned with trade, existing international and national trade laws, and contracts.
Step by step guides could help embassy staff to preparing new trade details, how to gather information, contacts, identify opportunities, draw up contracts etc.
The final drafts of contracts could be checked and signed by the experts, but local embassy staff could do a lot of footwork if they had guidance.
The social media, Skype, youtube offer great opportunities to set up a global platform of training embassy staff and civil servants to carry out trade negotiations.
The UK does not have to leave the EU on the EU’s terms. It can decide which strategy to employ. It can decide if it is better to use scare resources on pouring through every single page of EU trade deals and law. Or if it is better to repeal all the laws at one stroke and focus resources on setting up a new, simpler, streamlined trade deals directly with European countries.