In response to the report published today by the Exiting the European Union Committee, John Longworth, Co-Chair of Leave Means Leave said:
“It is disappointing that some senior politicians seem incapable of comprehending the most basic of business concept – that no deal is better than a bad deal and that the only way to approach a negotiation, is to be prepared to walk away. We do not need evidence from discredited voices at the Treasury to let us know that.
“There are huge business and economic benefits of Brexit but these can only happen when we finally leave the EU, including the Single Market and the Customs Union. If Brussels bureaucrats are not forthcoming in the negotiations, the Prime Minister will have no option but to walk away so that Britain can begin to crystallise these opportunities.
“Amongst these are; repatriating our £10 billion net contribution – which would be better spent on public services or UK infrastructure; deregulation, which would be the equivalent of a tax cut for businesses; and developing free trade arrangements with the rest of the world, which will facilitate long term economic growth.
“We should sacrifice none of the benefits of Brexit, simply to mollify the EU in our negotiations, or to preserve a poorer version of what we had before.
“Select Committees are supposed to hold the Government to account and with Brexit taking centre stage in British politics for the next few years, this Committee is set to play a pivotal role.
“The Chair should therefore refrain from using the Committee to score cheap partisan political points.”