Britain, after the biggest mandate in recent history, is now on course to leave the European Union. It’s something that I am extremely proud of, as are many, but we shouldn’t kid ourselves to think the hard work is over.
The result on the 23rd June is now not reversible. Whilst there are many that will not let the EU issue be buried, Britain is withdrawing from the European Union and we have a responsibility to ensure we make a success of it.
I was horrified to read that Gina Miller, who took the government to court, described the passing of the Article 50 bill as an ‘act of war’.
I was also humoured to hear those parliamentarians in the House of Lords, such as Lord Heseltine, talk about the ‘sovereignty of parliament’ after allowing the erosion of our parliamentary democracy from the European Union over last the 40 years.
This sort of behaviour and rhetoric is shocking, horrifying and above all else; counterproductive when we are at the negotiation stage of the process.
Comments from the likes of Gina Miller only cause more division and instability.
There is no getting away from the fact that the negotiations will be tough and tricky. While there are lots of things on the table to discuss, I believe there are 3 primary objectives the government should bear in mind throughout.
Firstly, there is no legal basis for the UK to pay a so-called divorce bill to the EU.
Secondly, Britain must withdraw from the European Court of Justice, the Common Fisheries policy, the European Arrest Warrant, the Single Market and the Common Market. This is simply non-negotiable and anything less, goes against the democratic mandate of those who voted to leave.
And lastly, a free trade, bespoke deal with the EU is in the interests of both the UK and Europe. If at the end of the two year process, a deal can’t be reached, then no deal is absolutely better than a bad deal.
Most businesses, investors and people, even those that voted to remain, want a clear and clean path to withdrawal.
With a positive spirit and strong values, I believe the UK will leave the EU stronger after two years, with a productive and economic relationship with the EU.
Let’s defeat the negativity and defeatism with an upbeat, inspiring Britain post Brexit. We will succeed.