February 8, 2017

Soft Brexit ignores the people’s will

Soft Brexit ignores the people’s will

It is time for soft-Brexiteers to embrace the referendum result. A swift EU exit is the only way to deliver the wishes of the British people, says Jayne Adye.

Before the EU Referendum it was made clear a ‘Leave’ vote would involve leaving the EU’s Single Market. Heavyweight Eurosceptics, such as Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage all argued for this.

Britain Stronger in Europe accepted this at the time, but due to ‘Leave’ winning the Referendum they are using ‘Project Fear’ tactics to argue leaving the Single Market will spell disaster.

In a bizarre turn of events, the remain camp seem to have forgotten what leaving the EU means. They argue we can have a ‘hard Brexit’, a ‘soft Brexit’, and even a ‘grey Brexit’.

As losers of the Referendum, they are trying to divide the ‘Leave’ vote to scupper Brexit. In trying to turn what was a simple binary choice into a muddled set of options, they are deliberately attempting to weaken the Government’s negotiating stance. Remainers hope Britain will get a poor deal, full of compromises and complications. They must not be allowed to do this.

Leaving the EU is much simpler than is being made out. We voted ‘Leave’ to have control over our laws, our borders and our money. We cannot have this with a ‘soft Brexit’, where the UK remains a member of the Single Market, which the EU defines “as an area without internal frontiers, in which the free movement of goods, people, services and capital is ensured”. It is in effect EU membership by the backdoor.

If the UK remains subject to the Court of Justice of the European Union we cannot be in control of our laws. If the UK makes EU budgetary contributions, we cannot be in control of our money. If we remain wedded to the free movement of people principle, we cannot have full control of our borders. The two are mutually exclusive.

Opponents negatively label this ‘hard Brexit’. The term deliberately suggests a strict and painful settlement which will work for nobody. By creating a false dichotomy between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’, they deliberately misrepresent what leaving the EU really means. It is in the EU’s interest to continue to trade with us, just as much as it is in the UK’s to trade with the EU. After all, the EU sells more to us than we sell to them.

Their fears are further misplaced as we can have access to the Single Market without being members of it. As Lord Stoddart recently noted, 194 countries and territories trade with the Single Market without being members of it. It is delusional to think the United Kingdom will fail to gain ‘access’ without ‘membership’ where all these 194 have succeeded.

Meanwhile, the remain camp find the alternative ‘soft Brexit’ a delightful compromise. The term implies harmony, where both sides are happy with the outcome. This would mean a hotchpotch deal with Brussels, requiring membership of EU institutions and continued financial contributions.

It is time for the Soft-Brexiteers to embrace the referendum result like the rest of the country. A recent poll has revealed 52 per cent of those polled believe Brexit was the right decision, compared to just 39 per cent who said it was the wrong decision. 14 per cent of Remain voters were now reconciled to Brexit, while there was not nearly as much ‘regret’ among Leave voters, only 3 per cent of whom now believed Brexit was the wrong decision.

Instead, we should recognise a swift Brexit could be both simple and deliver the wishes of the British people. Simply put, we voted to Get Britain Out of the EU. There’s clearly wisdom in our Prime Minister, Theresa May’s proclamation “Brexit means Brexit”.

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Jayne Adye
Jayne Adye is Campaign Director of leading cross-party, grassroots, Eurosceptic campaign group Get Britain Out. She has headed the campaign for 6 years and has a background in journalism and public relations.
  • Shadow Warrior

    Hammond is continuity Brown. He is a hand-wringing lefty looking for clever wheezes to raise more tax in ways that people don’t immediately notice.

  • captainslugwash

    I predict the Budget will attempt to show the Left how caring the Tories are, and it will be funded by screwing over the working man.
    If Corp Tax comes down, I bet Divi tax will be going up.
    I would love to be wrong.

  • skynine

    We really need to look at tax credits, in particular in work tax credits that encourage people to work part time to preserve the benefits. 45% of women work part time and I would hazard a guess that tax credits are the main cause. This leads to low pay, low skill work in supermarkets and the retail sector including coffee shops. The government needs to get back to the employer paying people to do a job for economic reasons rather than to get onto the tax credit ladder. Like all government benefits it distorts the market and diverts government expenditure into non productive areas.
    The refrain that the government has cut expenditure is not true, it increases every year as more and more goes into welfare.

  • MrVeryAngry

    fat chance

  • MrSauce

    So, when wouldn’t we want a ‘budget for growth’?

  • Rob

    I note that the UK Government has just slapped on a 25% tax charge for anyone moving abroad and wishing to move out their private pension from the UK.

  • SonofBoudica

    The Remoaners will do their utmost to sabotage the Government’s negotiating position. They do not want a successful outcome; they want a failure. They want to be able to scream “Told you so!” from the rooftops.

  • EnglandLaments

    Thank goodness for Andrew Neil, the one media hack who scares the pants off the established politicians. He was spot on with Heidi Allen!

  • joshuafalken

    I had a very long, hard, studied and considered look at the hope, care and aspirations of all Europeans, before I voted to get the UK out of the toxic grasp of Brussels.

    The European Union and it’s charge of “ever closer union” has borrowed and spent its way to oblivion, whilst enslaving the working and middle classes in debt.

    The central control mantra of the unaccountable Brussels ruling elite, delivered through a mixture of socialism, globalism and corporatism is entirely responsible for the populist revolt by the millions of “Just About Managings” across Europe.

    We must remember the ultimate goal of socialists, globalists and corporatists is control, not prosperity. see https://mises.org/blog/goal-socialists-socialism-—-not-prosperity.

    Social equality and economic growth always fail under central control and fighting against the Brussels doctrine on behalf of all Europeans is why I voted for Brexit.

    Britain has a long history of helping Europeans depose tyrants and Brussels is just the latest incarnation.

    Britain is the most racially advanced and accepting society on the planet. We welcome those in need and those that can help us with open arms and a smile; that will not change.

    We are also one of the most innovative, talented and open societies in the world, which why everyone wants to live here. However, we cannot fit everyone in, so we have to have clear, balanced and fair immigration policy which is where the arguments start between the monetarists and humanists will never be reconciled.

    I thought long and hard before coming to the conclusion that leaving the EU was in the best interest of all Europeans, as Brussels is toxic and cannot be reformed from within.

    Also, I find it insulting that people who voted Remain have insufficient faith in British ingenuity, compassion and skill to get a good deal for us and see the Europe that we love get a better deal from Brussels and the reform that European people deserve. https://mishtalk.com/2017/03/29/bad-brexit-deal-better-than-no-deal-mathematical-idiocy-odds-of-no-deal/ and https://www.worldheadlines.info/2017/03/after-brexit-9-reasons-to-be-bullish-on-great-britain/

    The politics of left verses right are dead because neither have delivered the promised economic growth and social mobility for anyone, but themselves. The populists are not selfish per-se, they just want to take back control of their own destiny that left/right politicians have freely given away and/or exploited for their own ends. In my constituency, the local residents group are taking over the councils as politicians ignore voters, so Westminster should beware of the well-organised, local resident independents at the next election. This is a peoples revolution which should be shouted from the rooftops, but liberals remained deafened by the socialist, globalist and corporatist “vested interests” that have spectacularly failed us and are obediently crying foul and fake.

    There will be an initial unpalatable inflationary cost to fighting globalism and rolling back central control that few appear to have factored in, but dismantling failed left/right vested interests should eventually free libertarian socially-conservative capitalism from the shackles of TBTF corporatism to feed economic growth and social mobility.

  • agdpa

    The EU usually makes the wrong decision – on immigration, on freedom of movement, on the euro, on the Ukraine, etc. etc. Little hope it will get Brexit right.

  • brownowl

    Eh? Reference please!

  • Neil2

    Sod caring. Screw the spongers and breeders. Kill HS2. Stop all “green” subsidies. Slash “foreign aid” and walk away from the EUSSR with immediate effect.

  • Rob
  • John C

    What a confused article. It conflates surveillance by the security services with poor defences against fraud.

  • John C

    Err, it’s the UK that’s leaving the EU, not vice versa.

  • John C

    Me, now. ‘Growth’ is a manic obsession.

  • La Face Nord

    Mr Redwood – are you aware of the Biased BBC website? It’s been exposing their agenda for a long time, but I imagine you’ve been well aware of the BBC’s agenda for quite some time…

  • Contact Rvtech

    The post is great

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