Brexiteer caller clashes with Lewis Goodall
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Former Brexit Secretary David Davis said he is confident the UK will see the Brexit opportunities appear in the foreseeable future, though he was unable to give a clear timeline or expose what sort of advantages the UK could win from leaving the European Union. He claimed the approval of the Covid vaccines at the height of the pandemic was quicker as a result of exiting the bloc, which is not true given EU countries act independently to approve vaccines. In a pointed dig at Theresa May, he added she was responsible for failing to pass an appropriate Brexit deal in Parliament.
When asked whether he accepts the UK has so far seen no economic benefits from Brexit, David Davis told Times Radio: “No major ones.
“You’ve got minor ones like the liberalisation of vaccine, which was important. After all, it’s thousands of lives. Let’s not put that to one side and say it doesn’t matter.
“You know, it’s a economic and social benefit. And there will be more of them.”
Mr Davis said: “I think it will provide significant benefits. It’s going to take a bit longer than I thought it would at the time, because partly two reasons: one is the post-Covid outcomes but the other is frankly some of the negotiations done by Theresa May [who was] the reason I resigned.
“It was just not very intelligent. And [Brexit benefits] have been largely recovered now but not completely. And that will take a bit of time. But it will be beneficial, I’ve got no doubt about that.”
Previous and current members of the Conservative Party have so far been unable to provide any benefits stemming from Brexit, with some claiming vaccine approval at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic was quicker as a result of the UK’s independence.
That claim is false, as the UK was permitted to act independently to approve the vaccine in an emergency under EU law, according to Full Fact.
Theresa May tried to push forward three Brexit deals through Parliament, which all failed to gain enough support from Conservative MPs. Eventually, Boris Johnson got Brexit done but left some outstanding issues unanswered like the Northern Ireland Protocol conundrum.
One year after the post-Brexit rules came into force, Britain is facing a 40-year high inflation driven up by the energy crisis the Covid-19 pandemic and global supply chains.
Brexit is another contributing factor, said the OBR, which forecasts a reduction of the UK’s GDP of four percent in the long term caused exclusively by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Britain’s businesse have been calling on the Government to re-join the EU Single Market to avoid all the post-Brexit red tape but have faced opposition from successive Conservative prime ministers and chancellors.
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Chancellor Jeremy Hunt acknwoledged that Brexit has raised trade barriers between Britain and its biggest trading partner, but has ruled out re-joining the Market.
He claimed it will be possible to remove “the vast majority” of trade barriers overtime, but failed to offer a plan to achieve that outcome.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has rejected reports that his Government is considering a Swiss-style deal with the European Union, which would force the UK to comply with EU trading rules.
Speaking at the CBI conference in Birmingham, he said: “On trade, let me be unequivocal about this. Under my leadership, the United Kingdom will not pursue any relationship with Europe that relies on alignment with EU laws.”
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