UKIP Parliamentary Spokesperson and former Vote Leave board member Suzanne Evans writes an exclusive article for Get Britain Out.
So, surprise, surprise! The promised Armageddon failed to materialise. Plans for an emergency Budget following a Leave vote in the recent EU referendum were dropped as fast as a hot potato.
President Obama decided we could stay at the front of the queue after all.
The fact the world hasn’t disintegrated is just the start. Brexit is going to be brilliant. It will open up a huge new world of opportunity. As my cousin who lives in Dubai just messaged me to say, “If Brexit is played right, the UK could become the new Hong Kong, only much better.”
Already the world is queuing up to offer us free trade deals. Significantly, some of the countries first off the starting block are top 10 world economies the EU has failed to sign deals with despite trying for years: countries like Canada, the USA, and India. We should have international free trade deals ready to be signed the moment we leave the EU. This means a cut in the cost of imports – so cheaper prices – and our export market will receive a boost as global buyers will no longer be put off by hefty tariffs on goods they want to purchase from us.
Importantly, Brexit offers the opportunity to introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system. Hopefully, the government will embrace such a system and use it not just to cut numbers, but also to welcome to Britain migrants who are self-supporting in terms of their finances, and their ability to provide private healthcare for themselves and their family, and schooling for their children, so there will be little pull on the public purse. If alongside diminishing numbers, we see that the majority of migrants who start coming to Britain have jobs to go to, contribute to the economy by paying taxes, respect British values, speak English, and obey British laws, then gradually the public perception of immigration will shift. Immigration will be seen in a positive light, and extremist anti-immigration rhetoric will hopefully be consigned to the dustbin of history.
Ending the free movement of people from 27 other countries may well give young people a greater chance of getting a foot on the housing ladder. While our population grows by some 330,000 people every year because of immigration alone, as is happening now, property prices will inevitably spiral up and up. Cutting the net migration figure should stabilise the housing market and help those who want to realise their dreams of owning their own home. Fewer migrants offering cheap labour means wages will eventually rise too, so it will be easier to access mortgage finance, and less demand for housing will also help protect our greenbelt from over-development.
With the huge pressure uncontrolled immigration has put on public services eased, and the money saved from our EU membership fees to spend, we can invest – as Vote Leave suggested – in our National Health Service.
Just half of the £100 million a week saving Vote Leave suggested should be spent on the NHS could make a huge difference. Within the next 5 years, we could pay for around 8,000 more GPs, 3,000 more midwives and 20,000 more nurses. We could invest £130 million a year into dementia treatment and research; put £200 million into abolishing hospital parking charges; and invest £2 billion every year into encouraging talent into the health sector by scrapping tuition fees for medical and science students. (These suggestions are taken from the fully-costed and externally-audited 2015 UKIP General Election Manifesto).
Brexit means our country will be safer, as we take back the right to deport and refuse entry to serious criminals and put the rights of victims’ first again, freed from the often quite bizarre ‘human rights’ decisions made by the European Court of Justice.
Energy bills will be cheaper as we withdraw from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, which slaps levies and green taxes on everyone’s bill, regardless of whether or not the bill-payer is already living in fuel poverty. With the political will, VAT on fuel bills could also be scrapped.
Government would also have the option to amend the farm subsidy programme – not by withdrawing subsidies, but by using them to foster more ethical farming practices. Instead of rewarding non-production or large-scale intensive farming, subsidies could favour quality in animal husbandry and environmental enterprise, or support rare breeds and organic farming, for example.
Another big plus of Brexit of course, is we get our fish back. Government should quickly prioritise establishing a 12-mile zone around our coastline for UK fishermen, and a 200-mile exclusive economic zone under UK control, as permissible under international law, to quickly reverse the rapid decline in our fishing industry.
We will gain so much, and lose very little from Brexit. We will still have access to the single market, and almost certainly on favourable tariff-free trade terms. After all, our business is far too valuable to the EU for it to be any other way. We will still cooperate with the EU on issues such as cross-border intelligence, extradition treaties, disaster relief, pan-European healthcare arrangements, cultural projects, and so on.
Giving up our right to live and work in any of 27 other countries seems a small price to pay for the benefits we can reap from Brexit, especially as most of us wouldn’t take up that particular perk anyway.
BREXIT will be brilliant. Bring it on!