Brexit Party: Former MEPs reflect on UK leaving the EU
Brexit kept Britons on edge for over four years as the UK and the European Union struggled to first come to an agreement on the terms of withdrawal and then to reach a deal on the future trade relations. But while an agreement was finally reached on both counts, three former British MEPs have warned significant changes will have to be made to ensure Britons get the full benefits of Brexit. And speaking to Express.co.uk, one urged Brexiteers to “be more vigilant” to shut down attempts to bring the UK back into the European Union in the future.
Martin Daubney said: “One year on from Brexit, did we get Brexit done? The answer is no. Boris botched Brexit.
“We betrayed fishing, we’ve let the cat flap open to the Rejoin EU movement, who will be emboldened by the fact we can surrender sovereignty and control back to Brussels down the line.
“For this reason, we must remain ever more vigilant to the traitors in the Scottish National Party, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats who will surely seize any opportunity to drag us back towards Brussels.
“We must be more vigilant than ever, this battle is far from over.”
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Feelings of dissatisfaction have been widespread among Brexit supporters, who’ve argued the British Government could have done more to ensure the country regained full sovereignty from the European Union.
Fisheries, one of the leading points of contention in the trade talks, have been particularly affected by the lack of full control returned to fishing communities as well as by the increasing bureaucracy they face to export goods into the bloc.
Entrepreneur Ben Habib said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, the Prime Minister is going to find it impossible to de-regulate the United Kingdom – which is the only way we would’ve recovered properly or quickly.
“We’ve got this level-playing field with the EU. Lastly, and perhaps most disappointingly for our 186 coastal constituencies in the UK, the fishing industry has been sold down the drain – sacrificed for a really poor deal in all other respects..”
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Mr Daubney and Mr Habib’s former colleague Jake Pugh however struck a more optimistic tone in regards to the deal as he highlighted some of the more positive aspects of the agreement.
While agreeing some of the terms would need to be revisited, Mr Pugh was particularly welcoming of the news the Uk will no longer have to respond to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) bar from very specific cases.
He told Express.co.uk: “One year on, what does the deal look like? Well, the classic expression, isn’t it, is it’s a cured egg so good in parts.
“On the plus side, we’re out from under the ECJ other than some very particular areas and, of course, we stopped paying the annual contributions.
“So significant savings. But the real benefit is the freedom to diverge.”
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He added: “On the Negative side, the Northern Ireland protocol – Northern Ireland has been carved off the rest of Great Britain.
“I think it’s really clear now that Government’s policy is a united Ireland but that’s for another day.”
The British Government has already been warned the Brexit and the subsequent protocol agreed with the European Union on Northern Ireland could pose a serious threat to the Union.
Brigid Laffan, Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, warned Brexit may set a precedent for Irish nationalists to push for independence.
Prof Laffan said: “I fully agree there won’t be a border poll this year, next year, or in five years but there will be a border poll in the next ten years to 15 years.
“And I’m not so sure that it would be, when it happens, a narrow majority for the Union.
“But also what is really dangerous is that Brexit has legitimised major constitutional change on the basis of 52 percent of the electorate.
“So you can never ever tell the nationalists in Northern Ireland 52 percent is not good enough.”
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