Today, Parliament watched by the entire nation must make Britain's most momentous choice for generations.
For their ‘meaningful vote’ each MP must now assess what's best both for their constituents and for the country. Only “fools and fanatics” will reject the best economic evidence available.
Eddisbury MP and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Group for Europe, Antoinette Sandbach has produced a rebuttal (available below) to claims made in a report published by Global Britain co-authored by Lord Lilley and Brendan Chilton. The Global Britain report sets out 30 reasons why a no deal Brexit would be beneficial for the UK and would not be chaotic, as many businesses and experts believe. This report has a number of oversimplifications and inaccuracies. It could lead the public to believe that a no deal Brexit could be delivered without economic damage. Antoinette’s rebuttal document examines the claims made in this report and lays out the facts, which are very different from those presented by Global Britain.
How right Bill Clinton was right to stress the importance of economic consequences. For sure, leaving the EU will not be the cake walk some were led to believe. There will be major economic pain: the constant drip of cancelled investments, lost jobs and an increasing flow of companies relocating parts of their businesses. Not to mention the scary prospect of cliff-edge scenarios. However, there is much more to Brexit than just economics. We ignore at our peril four irrefutable political truths.Read more
When Liam Fox, one of the Cabinet’s leading Brexiteers, assesses the chances of Brexit happening this year at roughly 50/50, this should serve as a clarion call to those of us who hope a second referendum will give us the chance to reverse Brexit. There is a huge amount of work to do if we are really to achieve this.
In an opinion piece for The Guardian published this weekend, The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, former Attorney General and current Chair of CGE, explains that, "Parliament is deadlocked. The Brexit tin can that has been kicked down the road since June 2016 is now lodged firmly in the machinery of Westminster, bringing parliament to a grinding halt... One obvious solution, which is fast gaining support, is to hand the issue back to the country. I would add that we also need formally to take no deal Brexit off the table, because that way lies chaos and disaster." Read the full article here.
Many advocates of a ‘clean break’ or ‘hard’ Brexit believe that Britain should be aiming to conclude an agree with the EU that uses the Canada- EU CETA free trade deal as its model. This would aim to make a virtue of having no closer ties between Britain and our nearest neighbours than between Canada and Western Europe even though they are about 2,500 miles apart. Financial expert and Conservative Councillor Gerard Fox writes for the Conservative Group for Europe on why the Canada +++ model is not the right way forward. Indeed, his new paper ‘The problem with Super Canada’ concludes that a Super Canada deal even in its most idealised form would fall substantially short of the economic access that Britain currently enjoys to EU markets with adverse immediate and long-term consequences for economic growth, Foreign Direct Investment and trade.Read more
On Thursday the 15th of November, YCGE and the Conservative Association of Royal Holloway hosted Antoinette Sandbach MP for a discussion ‘On a Brexit for Students’. This was held in the Arts Building at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Discover the document that's in the headlines across Europe and the world - the draft agreement on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, as agreed at negotiators' level on 14 November 2018.
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The binary choice offered to the British people during the Referendum just over two years ago has spawned countless more choices as complexities, contradictions and consequences just keep on coming to the fore. The process is made even more difficult simply because the United Kingdom is leaving of its own volition but without a real plan and is negotiating with an admittedly surprised but also resolute and clear-sighted European Union.Read more
How many times have you and I turned on the TV only to hear that yet another business has decided to close the books, pack the bags, and head over to the continent opposite the Channel?Read more