Brexit and the NHS

By | 24th January 2018

Theresa May famously said “no deal is better than a bad deal”. But if we agree to a Norway style “transition” period, then that will be the worst possible deal for this country. I think this is exactly the plan. Two years of “transition” paying £10 billion (plus) a year to the EU. Free Movement of People, European Court of Justice having a say, not being able to sign trade deals, not being able to alter existing regulations, and having to implement new regulations without having the ability to have a say. No thanks!

The Civitas report: Mitigating the impact of tariffs on UK-EU trade shows clearly that we would be around £20 billion a year better off by leaving the EU for good on 29th March 2019. We would have the ability to spend that money as we choose. Boris Johnson yesterday, proposed a £100 million pound a week raise in the budget of the NHS, but was rebuked by the Chancellor. £100 million a week is around £5 billion pounds a year. This figure could easily be achieved from the savings we would incur leaving the EU on 29th March 2019.

I think the government is attempting to look after UK’s Financial Services to the detriment of the vast majority of UK citizens. The EU negotiating position on “transition” is made clear in Brussels, 20.12.2017 COM(2017) 830 final

  • Remain in The Single Market and accept Free Movement of People
  • Remain in The Customs Union
  • No negotiation of trade deals
  • Acceptance of all EU law and regulation
  • Acceptance of ECJ jurisdiction
  • Payment of a membership fee (no rebate this time)
  • Implementation of all new EU laws with no representation

THAT is a bad deal if ever I saw one. Let’s get out for good on 29th March 2019 and increase the NHS budget. Let’s also re-visit NIC contributions and get the state pension back on track.

Please write to your MP today in support of a hard Brexit. “No deal is better than a bad deal”.

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