The Government needs to be a more enthusiastic cheerleader for the benefits of Brexit

The Government needs to be a more enthusiastic cheerleader for the benefits of Brexit

Two years after the EU referendum and with the European Union (Withdrawal) Act now on the Statute Book, it is high time that the Government changed its approach to Brexit, which has so far seemed to me to be far too negative, and instead made clear the many benefits the UK will enjoy outside of the European Union. The British people had a vision of a positive future outside of the EU when they bravely voted for Brexit on 23rd June 2016, so it is about time the Government did too!

It is hugely disappointing that it had to be Woody Johnson, the American Ambassador in London, this week who reminded us of what a great country we are and of the optimistic future we can look forward to outside of the EU. He is absolutely right to be dismayed at the defeatism we, as a nation, are exhibiting towards Brexit. The Government, which seems to regard the negotiations with the EU as some sort of damage limitation exercise, needs to start being a cheerleader for the benefits of leaving the EU – not least the £10.5 billion net (and rising) that we will no longer have to pay to be in this failing economic bloc.

The passage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill through both Houses of Parliament, followed by Royal Assent on Tuesday, is hugely significant because it means that the European Communities Act 1972, which made the EU supreme over Westminster, will be repealed on 29th March 2019. In other words, despite the endless anti-democratic wailing of the Remain brigade, there is no going back, we are leaving the EU and re-establishing the supremacy of our own Government and Parliament. Not before time!

However, that important milestone should now be followed up by the adoption of a much tougher negotiating stance. We do not trade with the EU but with individual countries and we should make it clear to each of the EU27 that they will be the losers if Barnier & Co do not adopt a more realistic and friendly attitude towards future trade arrangements. The Government should also get tough with the Remain conspiracy that is plotting to prevent Brexit, particularly those within its own ranks.

I find it shameful that Remain campaigners are willingly accepting huge sums of money from George Soros, who made a very large fortune betting against Sterling and Her Majesty’s Government; they should make it clear that they deplore the part he is playing in seeking to prevent the will of the British people being implemented.

Those people marching last Saturday, waving the EU flag and demanding continued rule of the UK by an unelected, retrograde and over-ambitious bureaucracy didn’t understand that they were being hoodwinked by the Remain conspiracy. Their demand for a second referendum has long since been blown apart by the obnoxious behaviour of the Remain elite who have constantly insulted the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU, by calling them too stupid to understand the issues involved.

And why are they demanding that the same people they deemed to be too stupid to answer a simple question (Leave or Remain) should now, in another referendum, be asked to make a decision on an agreement of immense complexity that will have taken two years to negotiate? It is an absurdly contradictory and illogical argument.

It is also unlikely that these marchers understood that remaining in the EU would involve further integration including scrapping the pound, an EU army and a centralised Treasury complete with an EU finance minister, armed with the power to levy taxes directly on the British people.

All this would inevitably lead to the UK becoming a mere province in a country called ‘Europe’. What the British people want now is tough leadership from the Government: the kind of leadership which makes it clear to the EU that we are not supplicants who can be pushed around and humiliated but a great country that, once freed from the EU incubus, will not only survive but thrive in the welcoming wider world.