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Well, she called this General Election saying that she needed to strengthen her hand in the forthcoming talks. But at the end of this campaign, who is of the opinion that Theresa May is the best person to conduct these talks, especially if she has an enlarged majority with more ideologues and UKIP-ers in tow?
There is no doubt in my mind that she is not best equipped to represent us in these talks–she flip flops all over the place and demonstrably cannot think on her feet. And the fact that she talks about “no deal” being an option in two years’ time is quite frankly terrifying.
I refer you to the article that appeared in the Observer on Sunday by Will Hutton. He paints a very stark picture of the “no deal” scenario:
“…a quarter of British exports with the EU pass through one single port, Calais – £3bn a month – with zero border controls or inspection. Who in Calais is going to inspect these goods to see if they correspond to EU rules if we crash out with no deal? Has France any interest in investing quickly in the customs structure to keep British exports flowing? The M20 and M2 will become gigantic truck parks as drivers wait to be inspected.”
Please do read the article in full–you will be amazed and appalled. I say amazed because it is when you read this article that it comes into stark light that this woman would rather waste 7 weeks on a General Election campaign rather than begin the vital work of safe extrication from the EU. This shrieks of having the wrong priorities and being only politically motivated.
Furthermore, the OECD has predicted today that Theresa May will fail to secure a comprehensive free trade agreement with the rest of the EU by 2019, meaning the UK would revert to WTO trading terms.
According to Treasury estimates, which the government has still not repudiated, reverting to WTO rules would mean a long-term loss of £45bn a year to the public purse and a 7.5% hit to GDP.
The OECD is also predicting a sharp slowdown in UK growth to just 1% in 2018 due to uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations.
So as we move into the eve of poll I am asking voters to listen to this warning on the major economic risk posed by Theresa May’s extreme, UKIP-style Brexit.
The hardline approach Theresa May has taken, insisting that no deal is better than a bad deal and planning to take us out of the single market, will seriously damage jobs and the public finances for years to come.
According to the government’s own forecast, reverting to WTO terms would mean a £45bn loss to the public purse, more money than the entire schools budget.
There is another way. The Liberal Democrats will fight to keep Britain in the single market and customs union, and to ensure the people have the final say on the Brexit deal.
So I am asking you to vote Lib Dem tomorrow, wherever you live, and especially in Harrogate & Knaresborough.