Leave Means Leave, Economists for Free Trade and Labour Leave have today launched a major joint report which urges the Government to signal a clean break with the EU by adopting a ‘New Model Economy’.
Britain must be able to take back control of its borders and implement a fairer immigration system that doesn’t discriminate against non-EU citizens, as set out in Steven Woolfe’s immigration report ‘Immigration post-Brexit – A fair, flexible and forward-thinking immigration policy.’
It gives the UK an opportunity to upskill British workers. We currently have 800,000 young people aged 16 – 24 who are not in employment, education or training because of the availability of cheap labour from the EU. Brexit allows us to change this.
The Government’s proposal for a transitional customs arrangement are more like a tunnel with only a dim light at the end, rather than a springboard to grasp future opportunities. It is not clear what lies on the other side or how long we are to be left in limbo. Britain should not be limited to just negotiating trade deals with the rest of the world during the transitional period – we must be able to implement them.
Brexit gives the UK the chance to rebalance the economy – we cannot allow Brussels to stop the UK from benefiting from the economic opportunities of Brexit.
It may be the middle of August, but the bright Brexit news keeps coming.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics this week showed that UK exports since the EU referendum have leapt up by 11.4 per cent to £580 billion, proving that British goods and services are in demand more than ever.
This latest dose of Brexit good news demonstrates that we have so much to be optimistic about as Britain shakes off the bureaucratic shackles of Brussels and embraces the world of global free trade.
However, the Remoaners will stop at nothing to keep talking our country down. Just this week, Lord Heseltine said that those who wish to thwart the democratic will of the British people still have a “small window” of “opportunity to change the agenda” and stop Brexit.
Project Fear failed the first time, but the Establishment is desperately trying to revive it which is damaging our negotiating position and public morale.
Yesterday, the Bank of England Governor talked down the economy, blaming Brexit, despite more strong jobs data, manufacturing orders soaring and Asian buyers investing in the largest ever single building deal ever in the UK! The latest report by the Institute of Directors essentially advocates remaining in the EU via the back door and is a fraud on the electorate.
We were pleased to see International Trade Secretary Liam Fox back in campaigning mode this week, spelling out the virtues of a clean Brexit. He explicitly said “you cannot leave the European Union and be in the single market and the customs union”. Crucially, he confirmed what we already knew – that the UK will survive without an EU free trade deal. No deal remains better than a bad deal.
There was also more good economic news this week, with retail sales rising by 0.6 per cent from May to June and inflation falling by 0.3 per cent. The Remain campaigners peddling Project Fear Mark II must stop talking Britain down and start talking up our economic prospects. Of course, we all know that won’t happen. Arch Remoaners will work night and day to prevent the Government from delivering a clean Brexit – and it is our job to ensure they don’t get their way.
The Government are embracing these opportunities. This week it announced that the UK will withdraw from the 1964 London Fisheries Convention, which means that Britain will no longer have vessels from EU countries fishing within six to twelve nautical miles of its coastline. Free from the jurisdiction of the EU, the UK can take back control of its waters.
We are less than a week away from the forthcoming general election. The next Government must make a clean Brexit their number one priority. If they don’t, 17.4 million Britons will have been betrayed. With the Brexit negotiations beginning in earnest in just ten days time, it is essential our negotiators believe that no deal is better than a bad deal – and that trading on WTO terms will be just fine.
The new Government must also capitalise on the opportunities of Brexit. Canada announced earlier in the week that they want to prepare a trade deal ready to be implemented on the day after we have left. It is now up to us to ensure this happens.
The OECD announced this week that, “despite Brexit”, London will remain the financial hub of Europe, while UK exports rose by 8.3 per cent and manufacturing exceeded expectations during May. The scaremongering economists who persistently drive Project Fear 2.0 are wrong. Britain is already showing signs of how it shall thrive post-Brexit.
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Richard Tice & John Longworth
This week, in conjunction with Leave Means Leave, I released a report calling for the UK and the US to forge a quick limited trade deal when Britain leaves the EU, followed by a deeper and more ambitious deal over time.
As our two nations have a historical Special Relationship, and with serious White House support now in evidence, I believe that such a deal is the natural thing to happen and could be agreed in as little as 180 days.
This week has marked a turning point in modern British politics. With the Government triggering Article 50 on Wednesday and David Davis MP publishing a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill on Thursday, we are now well on the way to reclaiming our independence.
The huge administrative task presented by the Great Repeal Bill is a testament to the sheer volume of EU law that has permeated every aspect of our lives.
We will be keeping a close eye on all of the forthcoming negotiations, amendments and debates surrounding our exit from the EU to ensure the Government takes back full control of our borders, parliamentary sovereignty and trade – as was voted for on June 23rd. The Government must grasp the huge opportunities that lie ahead.