The second book in our Bite-Size book series ‘The Case for Brexit’ has now been published and is available for you to enjoy! We’re celebrating the book’s release by giving you a sneak peek at a selection of writing from many of the book’s contributors.
‘The Case for Brexit‘ gives a platform to the academic Brexiteers – those behind the likes of Boris Johnson and David Davis. The book is packed full of chapters from economists, historians and those who ‘jumped ship’. The book has been edited by John Mair, Neil Fowler and Professor Alex de Ruyter, with a foreword by Sir John Redwood MP.
Your sneak peek of Sir John Redwood’s foreword…
Still true in 2018 as it was in 2016
The People’s vote in 2016 decided we will leave the EU. That was a good decision, taken to restore democratic control over our laws, our money and our borders. It is Parliament’s job as promised to implement it promptly and well. There is no need for a second vote, which would sow confusion and anger the Leave-voting majority.
The big gain from Brexit as the economic contributions to this book make clear will come from spending our own money on our own priorities, and from pursuing a UK economic and business policy which is best for us.
As 2019 dawns two of the news items remind us of the damaging impact the EU can have on our economy. The new fishing policy may have got rid of the unacceptable discarding of dead fish but leaves fishing businesses in the UK with the threat of having to cease fishing and trading as soon as a quota for a particular fish is hit. A small fishing boat may be beached for a long period if it happens to catch a few fish of a species it was not targeting.
An ECJ judgement has found the payments the UK makes to ensure there is capacity available in our electricity system are illegal, leaving us in doubt about how we guarantee to keep the lights on under the very expensive and regulated approach laid down by the EU. Rebuilding our fishing industry and putting some common sense into our power system can be wins from Brexit.
Is Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement acceptable?
The draft Withdrawal Agreement is an unacceptable surrender of UK sovereignty and money. It is the opposite of Brexit, planning to lock us into EU rules and budget requirements for another 21 months minimum and maybe for another 45 months. This time period would be used in talks about a future partnership and trading arrangements.
Given the failure of the EU to come up with proposals on the future over the 30 months of futile negotiations so far, it is difficult to see how the next set of talks will be more productive, especially given the way the Withdrawal Agreement undermines the UK bargaining position. If we sign up to giving the EU most of what they want in advance of the new talks, why should they make a better offer than they have so far?
Why did we vote to leave?
We voted for Brexit to change our relationship with the EU to one of friendship and mutual collaboration where it makes sense to do so. We want to be free to make our own trade deals with the rest of the world where we conduct a majority of our trade and where the trade grows more quickly than with the EU.
We want to rebuild our fishing industry after years of depredations? under the Common Fishing Policy. We want to grow more food at home and cut the food miles, after years of rising dependence on EU sources under the Common Agricultural Policy. We want to settle our own regulatory regime for everything from digital to media, in a way which promotes innovation and business success.
The new dawn?
Once we leave the EU the first task should be to provide a welcome boost to our public services out of the money we have saved. Not signing the withdrawal agreement frees more than £39bn of cash otherwise committed to the EU. We owe them nothing once we have left.
Let us hire more nurses and doctors, teachers and security forces, and invest in better transport. We should also use some of the money for tax cuts so there is a Brexit bonus for every household in the land.
We could take VAT from domestic heating fuel and remove it from green products, something we are not allowed to do as members of the EU. We should also abate Vehicle Excise Duty to help our car industry, which has been badly damaged by recent tax and regulatory policies and cut Stamp Duties to let more people buy and own the home of their choice.
If we use the freedoms and the money we save sensibly there will be a boost to incomes and output in our economy. The UK can once again be a leader for free trade globally, and a force for good in the world as we regain our vote and voice in international bodies where the EU currently pre-empts our role.
Reasons to leave in 2018
The case for Brexit was good in 2016. It is even better today, as we see the EU wedded to austerity policies for the member states and ploughing on with regulations that get in the way of more jobs and innovation. Let’s take back control. Let’s do so on 29 March 2019. Let’s be optimistic about a future which will then rest in our own hands.
The biggest gain from Brexit is to restore our independence and our democracy. Important decisions will be taken in the UK by a government we vote for, and by a government we can dismiss if it lets us down.
‘The Case for Brexit’ is available NOW in paperback and digitally on Kindle. Find out more here.
Other books in the Bite-Size series include:
‘Do They Mean Us? The Foreign Correspondents’ View of Brexit’
‘Keeping the Wheels on the Road: UK Auto Post Brexit’
‘Farmageddon?: Brexit and British Agriculture’