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Express: Britain must push for a hard Brexit as soon as possible

Date: 31 10 2016

h3>No fewer than 14 wealthy nations with economies that are in total twice the size of the countries we trade with within the EU have publicly expressed interest in doing post-Brexit trade deals with the UK.

Two new reports from Leave Means Leave and think tank Legatum Institute have concluded that the City can prosper after Brexit, particularly if much red tape is dispensed with as soon as possible.

The good news keeps on coming – not only from financial organisations but in the real world too.

Last week for instance Nissan confirmed that its car plant will be staying in Sunderland. But it is becoming clear that Britain’s prospects as a self-determining nation are contingent on making a clean break with Brussels.

And if that is what hard Brexit means then that is what the Government must pursue with all possible speed.

The final deal clinched between the EU and Canada after years of negotiations reminds us yet again that Brussels is slow-moving and bureaucracy-loving.

Its size and the sheer number of member states all with their own agendas mitigate against nimble diplomacy and the sort of energetic can-do attitude which will, it is to be sincerely hoped, categorise the new post-Brexit Britain.

31st October 2016, Express