Senior Tories join forces with businessmen to ensure Leave Means Leave

A major campaign launched today by senior political and business leaders has urged the Government to adopt a “no deal is better than a bad deal” approach when it negotiates the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

The launch report by Leave Means Leave, a new campaign group spearheaded by senior Brexit campaigner and businessman Richard Tice with the backing of senior Conservative MPs, businessmen and academics warns that Britain must leave the “world’s least successful economic zone” – the Single Market.

Leave Means Leave has been established to hold the Government to account on delivering the will of the British people – to secure a great Brexit deal for the UK.

Leave Means Leave, based at 55 Tufton Street in Westminster, is led by Richard Tice, a former FTSE CEO and property entrepreneur, who has been appointed Chair. Prominent economist Ewen Stewart is Director and Media Intelligence Partners, the communications firm run by former Conservative Party Media Director Nick Wood who played a key role in the media operation of the Brexit campaign are acting as media and political advisors.

Leave Means Leave has established a Political Advisory Board which includes Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Dominic Raab MP, Sir Gerald Howarth MP, Peter Bone MP and David Campbell Bannerman MEP.

Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP and Adam Holloway MP are also supporters. Other supporters and advisors of Leave Means Leave include Labour donor and businessman John Mills, businessman Richard Smith, Brexit donor and businessman Patrick Barbour, economist Ruth Lea and fund manager Christopher Mills.

In its launch report, it says that “remaining in the Single Market, having left the EU, is the ‘no say, low growth, regulatory burden, sovereignty illusion’ option locking in perpetual trade deficits. That is why no deal is better than a bad deal.”

It goes on to say that “It is in the EU’s interests to agree a zero tariff deal with the UK simply because it sells more to the UK than the UK sells to the EU. However if they refuse to do so within reasonable timeframe, the UK should leave the EU without a formal agreement, after Article 50 has been triggered, relying on WTO rules and striking free trade deals with our global partners.”

The report says that this would be “far better than remaining in the failing Single Market” as “the UK would swap a current marginal influence on Single Market regulation for no say in regulatory framework at all while having to accept free movement of people.”

It criticises the “fallacy that one needs to be inside the Single Market to trade with it. US, China, Japan and Australia all enjoy access so long as they meet the single market regulatory standards, just as the UK can trade with China so long as Chinese standards are met for its local market.”

The report warns that remaining in the Single Market “will continue to pull our political and economic focus towards the world’s least successful economic zone while tying us down with needless and expensive regulation for all businesses, even if they do not export”.

Leave Means Leave will provide political and business leadership to push for the UK to take back control of its economy, laws and borders from the EU. It will campaign to end freedom of movement and preferential immigration rules for EU nationals and for Britain to leave the Single Market.

Richard Tice, Chair of Leave Means Leave said:

“On June 23rd the British people made it clear that they wanted to leave the EU. There should be no compromise on this.

“The sooner we leave the more certainty and confidence for everyone. It should be a maximum of 2 years post serving Article 50.

“Non EU countries will know when we can sign trade deals and the EU will know we are serious. Also consumers and businesses can draw confidence that we are a globally focussed strong economy.

“Let’s be clear: No deal is better than a bad deal”