South Thanet MP and Exiting the EU Select Committee Member, Craig Mackinlay, has today called for the UK to “Go Global” after the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, Dominic Raab, delivered a speech outlining the Government’s preparations for no deal.
The Government has, today, also published the first in a series of technical notices advising businesses and citizens what they need to do to prepare for a no deal scenario. These are sensible and welcome.
Although the Government have repeatedly said they remain confident a good deal is within sight, Mr Mackinlay and a number of other Tory backbenchers argue that the UK should have nothing to fear should we reach Brexit day on 29 March 2019 without a deal and trade with the EU on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“I wish the new Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, all the best in his endeavours to secure a good deal from the EU.
“Before long, however, reality needs to sink in that the EU Commission wants only one outcome – full alignment with EU standards, adherence to Single Market and Customs Union rules with no say, and subservience to the European Court of Justice.
“The Chequers deal doesn’t work and doesn’t pass the Brexit ‘sniff test’ by allowing us to take back control of our laws, money and borders and I have received countless emails from constituents outraged that adherence to ‘The Common Rule Book’ as proposed will prevent meaningful future trade deals, the real dividend of Brexit.
“And still the EU wants more...
“That’s why I’m now for a no deal Brexit, not because I see it as optimal, but because I see there is no other way.
“If, as I strongly suspect, the EU remains intent on continuing to thwart our efforts to secure a mutually beneficial deal, we should have nothing whatsoever to fear from leaving the EU on Brexit Day, 29 March 2019, and going global by trading with our friends and neighbours in the remaining member states under WTO terms.
“Understandably, the EU is fearful of the potential for success of a major global nation outside of its clutches.
But, once we have truly left the EU and their anger and anguish has settled down, I’m sure both sides will get back to agreeing a Canada-style zero-tariff Free Trade Agreement, which, I feel, is what the majority of voters have been asking for, and expect as the sensible outcome.”