HAYES IN THE HOUSE: By MP John Hayes
Last week I signed, along with more than 60 other MPs, the European Research Group’s letter to Theresa May – written to reassure the Prime Minister of our continued backing for an internationally engaged, trading, global Britain freed from the constraining clutches of the European Union.
It is that vision which she outlined in her Lancaster House Speech and again in the Conservative Manifesto; a vision that 74 per cent of voters in South Holland and the Deepings shared in the referendum, and to which I have always been and remain committed.
Back in June 2016, a huge majority of local people voted to leave the European Union. We knew for what we were voting because it was spelled out clearly throughout the campaign.
We voted to take back control of our laws, so to again be a rule maker not a rule taker; we voted to take back control of our trade, so to be able to trade within the EU27, but also with the rest of the world, as we choose; we voted to take back control of our money, so to no longer make enormous pay-outs to the European Union; we voted to take control of our borders, so to be able to set an immigration policy that suits the needs of Britain.
In other words, we voted to take back control of our country’s destiny, which is exactly what we must do now. In essence this is about power being exercised as close to its effect as possible and those with power being held to account.
As the research from Economists for Free Trade has shown, a clean break from the stranglehold of the EU would result in a boost of six per cent on our nation’s GDP; four per cent from free trade and two per cent from better regulations.
A clean Brexit will provide huge potential gains for this country’s consumers, as escape from EU tariffs would reduce food and manufacturing prices by around 20 per cent.
Manufacturing will grow, strengthened by a pound at competitive levels. We can become a trading hub for the world, as we are now in finance, outpacing all of Hong Kong, New York, Singapore and Paris.
A clean Brexit, will strengthen our growth, increasing it to the two to four per cent range by 2020.
The decision to take back control of our destiny stretches beyond party politics to a fundamental expression of popular will.
The liberal establishment are reeling from the blow struck by patriots in last year’s referendum.
Now, to finally thwart the snarling and whining of the Brexit deniers and unrepentant Europhiles, the people must triumph again.