Boris urged to use Brexit freedoms to ‘maximise benefits’ for UK – ‘Battle far from over!’

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Shanker Singham said Britain should not remain tied into EU rules and said leaders must choose freedom for the country wisely. The CEO of Competere, an economy consultancy firm, is a former Brexit adviser to No10.

His warning comes ahead of Wednesday’s parliamentary vote on the UK-EU trade agreement, which is expected to pass.

Mr Singham said the key questions about Brexit have changed from whether a deal will be secured to “how well will we use our newfound freedom?”

He wrote: “We must now, as a country choose to use our freedom wisely.

“We must use it to create wealth, not destroy it – to be governed by competition on the merits as an economic principle, not intervention and government distortion.

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“We must put consumers above producers, recognising that all producers are consumers of something.”

He added: “The battle is far from over.”

He said for the UK to make a success of Brexit “we must maximise the benefits while minimising the disruptions as best we can”.

The special sitting of the House of Commons is due to kick off at 9.30am tomorrow.

MPs will have the opportunity to debate over the deal before the crunch vote.

The agreement will be signed in Brussels on Wednesday by EU chiefs before being flown by an RAF plane to London for Mr Johnson to sign, Downing Street said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said the international treaty would be signed by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel before being transported across the Channel.

An RAF plane will whisk the treaty out of the Belgian capital, accompanied by UK and EU officials.

The document is expected to be signed by the Prime Minister in Downing Street on Wednesday afternoon.

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Shortly after Mr Johnson announced the deal on Christmas Eve Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said he would support it.

He said it would be “in the national interest” for the opposition party to vote for the “thin” deal as it was better than a no-deal Brexit.

Sir Keir is facing a high-profile revolt over his decision to back the trade deal.

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Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell and ex-cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw are among the signatories to a statement calling on opposition parties not to throw their weight behind the “rotten” agreement.

Sir Kir has argued that the alternative of ending the Brexit transition period on December 31 without a deal in place would be even worse for the economy than having the deal in place.

However, his stance has upset some staunch Remainers in his party.

Some of them argued that the Labour should not support a flawed agreement and should abstain instead.

The statement has been organised by Another Europe Is Possible and Labour For A Socialist Europe – both on the left – but has attracted support from both wings of the party.

As well as Mr Bradshaw, signatories include ex-cabinet minister Lord Adonis from the Blairite wing of the party.

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