Open letter from Leave Means Leave to the Cabinet: Break with EU red tape to secure Brexit bonus
Leave Means Leave
The Co-Chairs of Leave Means Leave, Richard Tice and John Longworth, have written an open letter to the Cabinet ahead of the meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Brexit ‘end state’ for the first time.
Here is the full text of the open letter:
We are writing to you ahead of the meeting of the political Cabinet to urge you to stand up for what is in the best interests of the United Kingdom in the Brexit negotiations.
Leave Means Leave has been inundated with correspondence from people across the country, some who voted to leave the EU but many who voted to remain. Regardless of how they voted, they are united in their deep mistrust of how the negotiation process has been handled to date and the belief that the current proposal, as reported, is not in the best interests of the UK.
The proposed regulatory alignment is completely unacceptable and incompatible with the vision of Britain leaving the EU. Only by diverging from EU rules and regulations from March 30th 2019 can the UK fully enjoy the economic benefits of Brexit.
It should be non-negotiable that the UK is free to diverge from EU rules and regulations when it leaves the EU on March 29th 2019. The only element of alignment of regulatory outcomes necessary for a continued trade relationship with the EU is that necessary for cross-border trade between the UK and the EU. As with all trade arrangements, goods and services provided by the UK to the EU must comply with EU law, just as goods and services flowing from the EU to the UK must comply with UK law.
The litmus test by which Brexit must be judged is whether the United Kingdom is in a position when it leaves the EU on March 29th 2019 to deregulate (including the removal of external tariffs), manage migration, capitalise on global free trade opportunities, abolish the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and repatriate fisheries, end the net £11 billion a year paid to the EU, set our own tax regime and have a more competitive currency.
Under the current proposal from Brussels, the UK would be nowhere near passing such a test.
The purpose of an implementation period is to implement any changes which cannot be implemented, for one reason or another, by March 29th 2019. The EU is using implementation to pursue the continuation of EU dominance over the UK and this must be rejected.
On June 23rd 2016, the British people voted to take back control of their country. As a member of Cabinet, you are in the privileged position of being tasked with delivering this. Leaving the EU means leaving the single market and the customs union, regaining control of our borders, no longer being beholden to the European Court of Justice, no more CAP or CFP, no more contributions to the EU budget.
The UK must be free to make its own laws, its own regulations and its own trade deals. The UK has a once in a lifetime opportunity to become a free trading, outward-looking independent nation, but that is only possible if we truly leave the EU. We urge you to do what is right for the country and ensure that the UK makes a clean break from the EU in March 2019.
Richard Tice and John Longworth
Co-Chairs of Leave Means Leave
December 18th, 2017: BrexitCentral