YOU CANNOT GET AWAY from the Conservative slogan: Get Brexit Done. In newspapers, on television and radio, on social media, it is everywhere. But what does ‘Get Brexit Done’ actually mean? In the famous words of Sir Winston Churchill, “It is not the end, it is not the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning”. If the UK does eventually leave the EU on 31st January, we will leave in name only.
The European Union still expects us to contribute fully to its budget in 2020. According to Sir Ivan Rogers, a former UK Ambassador to the EU, the UK could get a “quick and dirty” trade deal by the end of next year, but this would involve once again throwing the fishing industry under a bus, and, according to Sir Ivan, would exclude the UK services industry. So if trade negotiations take another three years to complete, the UK will continue to contribute fully during this time, too.
The UK’s net contribution to the EU next year (according to the Office of National Statistics) will be £186 million a week. That is £26 million a day, more than £1 million an hour, over £18,000 a minute, and over £300 a second. It is the equivalent of dropping a 400-ounce gold bar into the River Clyde, and repeating the exercise every 25 minutes.
That £18M a week is, of course, not the real figure, for it excludes other costs that we carry because of EU membership, such as the billions we give to the EU foreign aid programme – which is in addition.
This is our money, paying into a budget of which we will have no control and will have no say. It is taxation without representation. It is literally throwing money down the drain – money that we could use to employ many more teachers, nurses, and doctors. We could use that money across the UK to improve infrastructure and offer incentives to businesses to relocate to invest in our country and create many thousands more skilled jobs.
Instead, our money will go towards things like trying to meet the goal of spending 20 per cent of the EU budget on climate protection and the EU’s budget for “growth and jobs”. We have our own climate change obligations and want to spend our money on growth and jobs in the UK.. This money should be used help British citizens, not be absorbed into the wasteful EU budgets.
So remember that if the UK officially leaves the EU on 31st January, Brexit will not be done - far from it. We will still be handing over vast sums of our money to the wasteful bureaucrats in Brussels while the real deal is negotiated – taking at least three years, according to Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator. Does that sound like Brexit to you?