Any kind of Brexit will damage our economy compared with what we have now

Any kind of Brexit will damage our economy compared with what we have now

By Willie Rennie Mar 06, 2019 5

Tonight the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments speak out together against the threat of a no deal Brexit.

It is obvious that we must avoid this outcome.

Cabinet Ministers have spoken out.

Business has spoken out.

Even Brexiteers use it as a threat to get a supposed better deal from the EU.

It is therefore helpful that the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament speak out together against this deeply damaging option.

But that is not enough.

Now that the Labour Party are on side we need to unite for a people’s vote too.

There is an opportunity for all leaders to stand together at the people’s vote March on the 23rd March in London.

Vince Cable will be there.

I would hope that Nicola Sturgeon will be there.

And there could be no better way to make Jeremy Corbyn’s support for a people’s vote clear than by standing before the marchers.

It has been suggested that everyone knew what Brexit meant back in 2016.

But those who ran the Leave campaign still can’t agree what Brexit actually means.

Jacob Rees Mogg disagrees with Liam Fox who disagrees with Boris Johnston who disagrees with Michael Gove.

So if those in charge of Leave can’t agree now, how was everyone supposed to know exactly what it meant almost three years ago.

A good reason to give the British people the final say.

 

And parliament as a whole cannot agree on a way forward.  If they can’t the only option is to hand the decision back to the people.

A good reason to give the British people the final say.

 

I respect those who sincerely voted to leave which is I why I do not want to rerun the last referendum.  I do not wish pose the same question.  My plea is simple.

If those in favour of Theresa May’s deal, or any deal for that matter, believes in it and has confidence that it is the will of the people then put it to the people. 

If it’s so good you have nothing to fear.

This is one of the biggest decisions that this country has ever faced.  It is wrong to deprive the people of the final say.

A good reason to give the British people the final say.

 

People are fed up with this debate. They want an end to it.  Well I agree.

But what Theresa May won’t tell you is that this will never end.

Even if she somehow secures a majority in parliament for the withdrawal agreement, it will only mark the end of the very beginning.

It won’t be over on the 29th March.

We will have the transition phase.

Then the endless negotiation over the free trade agreement with the EU.

Then the implementation of the free trade agreement.

CETA – the EU Canadian Free Trade Agreement was discussed for 22 years and negotiated for 7 years.

TTIP – The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US – was first talked about in the 1990s and still has not been agreed.

The whole reason for the backstop is because everyone knows the transition period is an inadequate period of time in which to negotiate a comprehensive free trade agreement.

So the agony will go on and on and on.

The best way to bring this pain to an end is to put it back to the people.

Let them decide if they want more of this pain and division and anger or if they want to stop it now.

A good reason to give the British people the final say.

 

All and any kind of Brexit will damage our economy compared with what we have now.  That is what the UK Government’s analysis admits.

The UK will be poorer economically under any form of Brexit, compared with staying in the EU, new government analysis suggests.

Official figures say the UK economy could be up to 3.9% smaller after 15 years under Theresa May's Brexit plan, compared with staying in the EU.

And a no-deal Brexit could deliver a 9.3% hit.

A good reason to give the British people the final say.

 

So whether it is the divisions amongst Brexiteers on what Brexit means, the quagmire of parliament unable to decide, the democratic right of the people to decide something so big, the damage to the economy or the kind of country we want to live in and the kind of country we want to be seen as or whether you are just fed up with the endless debate.  Whatever the reason the case for a people’s vote is compelling.

 

But let me give you one more reason.  For me it is the most important.

I respect those who voted to leave the European Union. 

They tell me that our country can be stronger if it stands alone. 

They believe that Europe is holding us back.

I politely tell them that this country has never stood alone.

It is why we are leading members of NATO and the United Nations. 

It is why we have the second biggest international aid budget, one of the best armed forces, and the best diplomatic services in the world. 

We play our part, and do so by working together with others.

Our country stands for something good. 

And we do good things with the European Union.

Our economy is bigger than the basket-case of the 1970s, because we trade freely with each other.

We are safer because we share intelligence and security with each other.

We carry even more influence in the world because we stand together with each other.

We are a country that people respect.

That’s not because we are on our own but because we work together.

For the sake of the country.

We must work together for the greater good.

We must never walk away.


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