EU needs us! Brussels trade straightjacket mocked as Brexit Britain set to thrive

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In his first interview since becoming the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, Jacob Rees-Mogg said Brexit will transform Britain and deliver such dividends that within a decade nobody will want to rejoin the European Union. The Tory Brexiteer pledged to become a “loud hailer” for the benefits that flow from unshackling itself from Brussels. He said many “big wins” are in the pipeline and the aim is to see “significantly higher” GDP with improved standards of living and if this succeeds, the political question over EU membership could be finished once and for all.

Mr Rees-Mogg told the Sunday Express: “It will be impossible to go back because our economy will be so transformed that firstly nobody would want to and secondly the EU would look at us in horror because we would not be following all their petty rules.”

The former chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory members in parliament said this new job “gives me the opportunity to put into practice what I argued in 2016.”

He added: “There is a lot in the legislative pipeline that will deliver a Brexit dividend whether this is the Procurement Bill, services reform, gene editing. The Bill for freeports has almost completed its passage.

“Much was being done and perhaps people didn’t know how much was being done and part of my role is to be a loud hailer for it.”

Britons have thrown their weight behind Mr Rees-Mogg’s ambitions, growing in confidence that Brexit Britain is already thriving outside the EU.

Express reader “RLS55” warned: “There will not be a trade war because the EU needs the UK for its exports.

“The UK does not need the EU, we can trade all around the world, the EU members are tied and they are in a straightjacket.

“The EU have a history of cutting off the nose to spite the face, but I don’t think they would be as stupid as to invoke a trade war.”

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“BRian at home” wrote: “The UK is already out pacing the EU countries and will do better once free of its constricting regulations.”

Express.co.uk reader “glamourjunkie” commented: “Jacob’s appointment gives me confidence in getting what we voted for now.”

Fellow reader “man in oz” beamed: “2022 is going to be such a great year.

“At last a leaver with brains – the Remoaners will dread every day.”

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Mr Rees-Mogg is hopeful of a “bonfire of red tape” but in his new role will also focus on how to make regulations work better for businesses and make the UK more attractive for those looking to move headquarters here.

The Tory Brexiteer had endorsed a report from the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank which pressed for a new Brexit trade policy that would enable “a unilateral recognition of EU rules should continue, even if the EU still declines reciprocity”.

He also highlighted the Procurement Bill as a pivotal “benefit of Brexit” as this would enable smaller firms to go against corporations for Government tenders.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Our aim should be to see that our GDP growth trend rate can be significantly higher than it currently is.

“If you can achieve that you can see taxes as a percentage of GDP fall because GDP is growing and the tax base can remain static.

“You can see the ability of businesses to come into the UK to increase because it will be a dynamic and effective economy.”

He added: “The challenge is how do we make people’s lives better? How do we improve the standard of living? This is ultimately an economic question and it is about supply side reforms which lead to faster economic growth.

“It is very much really what Margaret Thatcher did in the 1980s but in a different context.”

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