PUBLISHED: 17:24, Tue, Oct 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:24, Tue, Oct 20, 2020
Brexit talks continue to stall, with the EU refusing to budge on its demands over a free trade agreement. With the UK finally out of the EU, Sir John revealed the five fatal flaws of Britain’s move to join the single market in 1972. A staunch supporter of the UK’s departure from the EU, the Tory MP outlined the five reasons why Britain should never have joined the single market on his blog today.
Firstly, Sir John said the financial contribution to the EU would be too high despite Margaret Thatcher’s later move to improve the initial deal.
He also illustrated the hit to UK industry following the removal of tariffs which increased the pressure from German and French businesses.
He said: “My forecasts rightly assumed we would lose a lot of capacity in areas like steel, cars, foundries, shipbuilding and textiles.
“Our car output halved in the first decade of membership.”
Brexit news: Sir John Redwood outlines key flaws of EU (Image: PA/GETTY)
Brexit news: Sir John Redwood described the five key flaws (Image: PA)
For this third point, Sir John insisted the UK had suffered a drop in its “competitive” advantage due to the EU’s “considerable barriers” in British services and trade.
Lastly, Sir John added: “The fourth was the dreadful deal on fish, bound to damage our industry substantially.
“The fifth was the complete removal of tariffs from EEC food, the imposition of tariffs on Commonwealth food, and the hugely damaging impact the EEC would have on areas like fruit and market garden produce.”
The issue of fisheries has remained one of the largest areas of divergence within the current Brexit talks.
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