Sunday, 23 October 2016

Mail Online| 'Pfff!': ANNA SOUBRY asks if that was the EU's splutter of contempt... or the sound of UK's Brexit economy tanking?

Mail Online| 'Pfff!': ANNA SOUBRY asks if that was the EU's splutter of contempt... or the sound of UK's Brexit economy tanking?


"As Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat observed: ‘If there are all these problems to have a trade agreement with Canada, imagine an agreement with the UK.’ Precisely. Imagine it.

It’s the stuff of madness to think the EU needs us more than we need them, and they could not have made it clearer to Mrs May at the summit.

My worst fears about the huge problems in Britain getting a good post-Brexit deal with the EU were borne out when I visited Rolls-Royce in Derby on Friday. I met brilliant young apprentices and highly skilled local workers making the finest jet engines in the world.

Rolls-Royce is deeply worried by Brexit. Engine components move between the UK and other EU countries free of tariffs and red tape before coming back to Derby. Our aerospace industry is a British success story which relies on Airbus – a collaboration with other EU countries. Rolls-Royce employs 23,000 workers in Britain, with thousands more in the supply chain, meaning it accounts for one in every 250 UK jobs.

It needs its British workers to move freely throughout the EU. Not surprisingly, it has raised concerns with the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. Thankfully, Hammond is one powerful voice of reason in the Cabinet."

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