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Experts at the Centre for Brexit Policy argue the nation is being held back by the ‘defeatist mindset’ of civil servants, who are abandoning their impartiality to thwart the Government’s ambition.
The hard-hitting paper says the Whitehall ‘blob’ is in the grip of a ‘dismal cosmopolitan mindset’ and a ‘liberal tyranny of guilt’ based on a ‘caricatured version of British history centred on slavery, violence and colonial oppression’.
Its authors attack a declinist mentality among the Establishment which believes that the UK is a fading force on the world stage.
They add: ‘How different would our view of the world and of our role in it be if we thought of ourselves as a new and rising force, rather than a nation in decline?
‘Whether post-Brexit Britain will in fact turn out to be a rising or a declining force is not determined by history or geography: it is essentially in our own hands.’
The report, produced by specialists including Cambridge Professor Robert Tombs and former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith, is also critical of identity politics, with its focus on race and gender, as well as an obsession with the negative aspects of Britain’s past.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks to RAF personnel on board a C17 at RAF Brize Norton on Saturday
Cabinet members led by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss have pushed a vision of a low-tax, low-regulation ‘Singapore-on-Thames’ to take advantage of the UK’s new freedom from Brussels laws
‘It seems almost calculated to increase internal dissent and ethnic and religious conflict; and it certainly works in the interests of our global opponents in the rapidly crystallising “grey war” between the authoritarian and free worlds,’ the authors say.
Mr Johnson has been urged by pro-Brexit Ministers and MPs to do more to highlight the dividends the UK can reap after leaving the EU.
Cabinet members led by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss have pushed a vision of a low-tax, low-regulation