Ministers negotiating Brexit are studying six-point plan on how to obtain ‘glittering prizes’ available to UK outside of Europe

The Cabinet have been warned they shouldn’t get bogged down in ‘prolonged and fruitless’ trade talks with EU leaders

MINISTERS are being told to set their sights on the “glittering prizes” up for grabs outside Europe.

They should avoid getting tied up in “prolonged and fruitless” trade talks with EU leaders.

The Cabinet is studying a six-point plan to set post-Brexit Britain on a bold new economic mission.

It calls on them to avoid wasting time trying to persuade unyielding Eurocrats to give our firms access to the single market.

And it lays out ways to “evangalise” bosses to the true benefits of life outside the EU.

Lord Lamont believes the single market has become an excuse for intrusive law-making – and is urging Theresa May to implement a plan drawn up by business leaders.

The former Tory Chancellor predicts Brexit will inspire a renewed global impetus for free trade which will boost living standards.

He will tell a Westminster audience tomorrow: “There are great opportunities for Britain outside the EU. Glittering prizes, no doubt.

“But how successful we are in seizing them depends on ourselves and our ability to adapt. In or out of the EU, no one owes us a living. Only we can make it a success.”

Lord Lamont will tell a Leave Means Leave event: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

“People talk about the uncertainty of Brexit but there is always uncertainty in the world.

“Every boardroom should have a sign hanging from the ceiling saying ‘There is no such thing as certainty’.

“That applies to the EU, too. No one can tell for sure what it will look like in three years’ time. Will it decompose or integrate further.”

Mrs May is studying a report on getting business to wake up to the benefits of Brexit by John Longworth, former head of the British Chambers of Commerce, who is now co-chair of Leave Means Leave.

It calls on the government to focus on exports, tackle the skills shortage, make it easier for firms to get loans, develop the infrastructure and expand digital and wireless connectivity.

Mr Longworth says Britain needs technical skills more than academic achievers and we must stop relying on imported talent to provide high-quality training.

Yesterday lawyers and peers concluded that Britain can legally walk away from the EU without paying a penny.

Eurocrats have threatened to slap a £52billion divorce bill to cover liabilities, including gold-plated pensions for officials.

But the Lords EU financial affairs committee – and government lawyers – say Britain would be in a “strong” legal position to pay nothing if the Article 50 withdrawal talks end in stalemate after two years.


March 5th, 2017: The Sun