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For the UK to achieve everything that is possible, we must have an open international trade policy that is ours and only ours to decide

Capitulation by a British Prime Minister to what we now know as the EU is nothing new.

One of the differences between what Theresa May is now attempting to do to appease a foreign power and the activities of Prime Ministers such as Edward Heath, is that there is now much more information available on what the EU actually does and what Theresa May’s predecessors did to appease it. Many more people and Politicians are certainly awake to where the best interests of the UK would actually be.

The other is that the Prime Minister is simply attempting to ignore the will of both the people and many of the politicians around her. She has complete contempt for the process of democracy in everything that she now does.

On the face of it, the motivation of those Prime Ministers who took us in and then bolted us into the forerunner of the EU is a puzzle. That is until you appreciate that Leaders who are driven by fear soon lose track of what is actually needed, bypassing what is right and proper as they are driven by what they see as safe decisions, rather than those which no matter whether they come easy or hard are the essential part of all they have been empowered to do.

When we went into the Common Market, the price that we paid in terms of International Trade was exceptionally high.

Not only did we turn our back on very lucrative relationships right across the World, but also trashed our relationships witht key trading dependents placed right across what we now know as the Commonwealth.

It was a move that was as disloyal and neglectful to the Countries which share common ancestry to our own. All for the price of harmonisng and subjugating ourselves with the designs of a range of European Countries, who had many priorities which were written into the terms of our entry into the European Project. Priorities which cost many of our industries as benefits to other Members and their own Industries were made the priority with a massive cost to the efficiencies, productivity, creativity and above all profitability of our own.

These are not messages which we hear widely spoken.

They are messaged that give the lie to the suggestion that in terms of trading, Membership of the EU is better and more beneficial for the UK than the alternative.

The alternative being for the UK to stand on its own feet in the World and accept that it has much more to gain in just about every respect by being brave and go back to our natural disposition of going it alone.

The UK will always been most successful when standing on its own.

But our relationship with the World changed as the World itself changed as the true impact of World War 2 manifested itself right across the Globe.

As is often the case, Politicians then, as they are still doing now, completely misread and misunderstood that change for what it was, what it should be, what the real opportunities were and what it would require to evolve the UK to get us there.

They let their own fear of that change and their fear of the responsibility that they held dictate what they thought the right solution would be. Instead of being brave, they opted for what looked like the certainty that grouping together with other European Nations would offer them and their place in history. They did so by saying damn the consequences and without any thought for the real price for the people they were elected to serve then, and for the generations that would follow thereafter.

As historical figures show, our trading performance before we joined the Common Market was significantly better on a worldwide and unhindered basis than it has ever been under the restrictions of being an EU Member.

Put simply, the UK is likely to have been in a much better place if Politicians of the day had possessed the metal to actually lead us, rather than take what looked like the safe bet or easy option – tying us in to a tightly restricted relationship led by foreign powers and in which we should never have been involved.

The similarities between what happened then, and what Theresa May is trying to do now is simply staggering. The difference is that as history has shown, the first time around, there was still the opportunity for us to remove the UK from the EU. Whereas if Theresa May were to achieve her aims, there would never again be any contractual mechanism for us to escape the EU’s bureaucratic tyranny and follow a friendly pathway to remove the UK from being involved.

It would be foolish to suggest that the transition from leaving the EU properly would have no turbulence involved.

But turbulence is inevitable whatever path we now take. It would simply be better that the turbulence ahead is something we experience and embrace by choice, rather than accept as an affliction at the hands of a foreign power which will have no concern for the specific consequences for the UK economy, instead doing nothing other than prioritising what is good for them and good for their own.

What is certain is that in the medium and longer term, the UK is almost certain to perform much better once we have leadership that reflects the needs of UK Businesses and our Population, and we no longer have to prioritise the decisions of 27 other Countries first – which basically guarantee that our interests will register at a level like we have never and will never actually be involved.

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