Luke Brandon: The UK can and will be successful from day 1 of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit

The people voted to Leave the EU. This decision must be honoured for the sake of democracy, let alone the repatriation and preservation of Britain’s sovereignty over its own territory and people. A No-Deal Brexit delivers this, but this is of course why the establishment resists it. As has become apparent over the last two years, the people being masters of their own fate is the last thing modern European politicians want.

A No-Deal Brexit also offers so much more than sovereignty. The majority of global economic growth will occur outside of the EU’s protectionist bubble. Britain is perfectly placed to take advantage of this fact. As it has done over the centuries, the UK has always prospered more when it takes a globally focused, rather than a Eurocentric, economic policy. Upon a No-Deal Brexit, Britain can immediately lower trade tariffs, boosting economic growth whilst it strikes free trade deals with the USA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the CANZUK nations and the Commonwealth amongst others.

A reorientation of foreign policy including both British hard and soft power can be brought to bear to defend our allies and advance UK economic and political interests. From strengthening our friendships with Israel and the anglosphere to investing in Africa, the UK can make significant positive changes to humanity whilst also providing for its citizens at home.

The detractors of No-Deal argue that it would take years for these benefits to materialise and in the meantime, the UK would suffer cataclysmic economic and social strife. This could not be further from the truth. The EU has already announced contingency plans for a No-Deal Brexit. This includes allowing planes to fly and trucks to drive between the UK and the EU, mutual recognition for financial institutions and continued protection for EU and UK citizens living and working in each other’s territory.

In addition, agreements are also being reached between the UK and countries such as the USA and Switzerland to keep the show on the road after the 29th March 2019. The central planks of Project Fear are therefore entirely false.

A No-Deal Brexit would rip up the worst deal of the century and allow the UK to take back control of its own fate. It would make available a wealth of economic opportunities at home and abroad and would finally force Westminster to end its deliberate abdication of duty. The fear surrounding such a Brexit is an insulting untruth designed to keep us tied to the EU for all time and it should be rejected, just as it was in 2016.

Britain can and will be successful from day 1 post No-Deal Brexit. The people voted to undertake this journey to a better future. It is now time for the politicians to realise they can no longer resist this call for change but to embrace it and make it work for the citizens of this great nation.

Luke Brandon is the vice chair of Lancaster University Conservatives. Follow him on twitter: @LukeBrandonUK