Bad tidings dampen festive spirit – Leave.EU

One need not look further than Westminster to witness the silliness of the festive season in full swing. Number 10 could not help itself from dragging out the spat over Theresa May’s leather chocolate trousers, calling former cabinet minister (and Remainer) Nicky Morgan’s expensive handbag in for scrutiny. Not to be outdone in the sartorial stakes, Jeremy Corbyn decided to take part in national Christmas jumper day, his agenda revealed. A more serious, but no less farcical occurrence, saw Labour MP Ben Bradshaw distract a Commons debate on Syria by suggesting the EU referendum was somehow brought about by Russia sanctioned hacking. Oh dear.

But as we know all too well, Westminster and the world outside are very much separate. Life outside the bubble isn’t quite so trivial.

As if the High Court ruling against Brexit wasn’t enough, there are now two more legal challenges to our successful vote to leave the crumbling European Union. The think-tank British Influence is trying to claim that we’ll automatically remain in the single market after leaving the EU, leaving us unable to control our laws, our borders, and our own money.

A strange case too, since the chairman of British Influence claimed earlier this year that the so-called Norway option they’re now rooting for would be ‘a road to nowhere’, slamming it as ‘regulation without representation’. Oops.

Another Remainer hasn’t even had the decency to force our own courts into stalling Brexit, taking off to Ireland to get the European Court of Justice involved. Tax lawyer, Jolyon Maugham wants foreign courts to rule that parliament can revoke Article 50 notice during our negotiating process, opening the door to Remainer revolt and a second referendum.

But the attack on Brexit isn’t only coming through the courts. In government, there is now renewed talk of a ‘transitional arrangement’ with the European Union – in effect, a cunning way to keep us trapped in the single market for longer than necessary in the hopes that we’ll stay there forever. It’s an idea long touted by Chancellor Philip Hammond who, rather worryingly, is emerging as an increasingly pivotal figure in May’s cabinet.

The EU has now stated its preference for a short-term transition deal, with the inclusion of ‘sunset clauses’, to assure us of our inevitable departure. However, the mooted £50bn price tag for exit has now emerged as a stumbling block over the nature of the transition arrangement. Nothing is yet set in stone.

We need a clean and effective Brexit, not a slow drawn out process that leaves us in no better a position than the one we’re already in. With leaked EU Commission documents showing that the EU is ready to strike a deal with us more quickly than they did with Canada, we need a can-do attitude and less of the Remainer backsliding.

With the EU gearing up for Brexit talks, why is our government taking so long to get the wheels in motion? David Davis says the government’s Brexit plan won’t be published until February, leaving very little time to quell parliamentary rebellions prior to the March 2017 deadline. They need to get a move on and deliver what the British people have demanded.

Meanwhile, Mrs May has been on the continent for a European Council summit, meeting with EU leaders to discuss a range of issues including Syria, Ukraine, and the migration crisis. She had to skip dinner and leave the room early on Thursday evening, however, while the other leaders had an informal discussion about their Brexit negotiating positions.

Talk of a European army was (once again) rife in both the Council and down the road in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament was meeting, adding a cheery reminder of why Britain is better off out, but also pointing to the UK’s unique bargaining chip, its military might.

In economic news this week:

Britain is growing at its fastest rate all year according to Lloyds Bank, with Wales and the Midlands leading the charge in Brexit Britain’s boom period.

The British Chambers of Commerce up their growth forecasts for 2016 and 2017, realising that the data doesn’t support Remainer pessimism; tourism enjoyed a boost as flights and hotel bookings were way up as foreign visitors seek to make the most of Britain’s newly competitive currency; demand for new houses is rising with house builder Bellway resuming land buying.

On his latest jaunt to the Gulf, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been scoping out lucrative trade deals, note, the UAE has suspended talks towards a free trade deal with the EU; and the job market showed continued strength as Britain stands on the verge of a three-year high in private sector hiring as City jobs are up year-on-year.

Kind Regards,
The Leave.EU Team