The new year is often a time of reassessment, and it is tempting to think that the apparent realisation by the Brexit secretary David Davis that leaving the EU might not all be plain sailing is a consequence of a January political detox. Davis wrote to the Prime Minister to complain that EU institutions were warning that, when Britain leaves the European Union in 2019, the UK will become a third country under EU law and all benefits of single market and customs union membership will be at risk.
As much as the Chancellor tried to glam it up, today’s budget was packed full of nasty Brexit-based shocks. The headlines will of course be dominated by the huge slowdown in future economic growth, leaving those mythical Brexit sunlit uplands disappearing over the horizon like a mirage. Over the next half-decade, the UK’s GDP growth is predicted to dip sharply. Before the Brexit referendum, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) was predicting 2.1% growth in 2020.
For more than a year, the government has promised that Brexit will not be used as a wedge to undermine the rights and conditions guaranteed by EU membership that protect people in this country. Theresa May even said in her Lancaster House speech that “a fairer Britain is a country that protects and enhances the rights people have at work”.
Well worth a read for anyone who thinks the unhinged man-child in the Whitehouse is going to make Brexit easier for us with a trade deal that's in our interests. We are going cap in hand to a protectionist who, in his own words, will put 'America first'.
Boris is already only pitching for a third of his infamous £350m a week for the NHS. It will be a lot less in the end than his bravado in the papers this morning suggests. Brexit will mean less money for our public services, not more.
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