Theresa Villiers MP’s views on Brexit
I was intrigued by the comments of Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers to Sky News, when she argued that the Prime Minister was diluting Brexit so much that it almost wasn’t worth going through with it. She is wrong. It was never worth going through with in the first place, no matter what form Brexit takes.
Ms Villers wants to see a far harder Brexit; one that would make travel, trading goods and services and the cost of living in general much harder for her constituents. In fact, the Government’s own Department for Exiting the EU (DexEU) prepared a report they tried to keep secret but now leaked, that states under any scenario leaving the EU, every region in the country would be worse off.
Even the softest version of Brexit would knock 2% off growth. A comprehensive free trade agreement would knock 5% off, and the no-deal scenario that Ms Villiers is pushing for, because she thinks the UK is making too many compromises, would knock 8% off growth.
These are real jobs, real families, real public services that will be affected. If you think austerity has been harsh so far, after Ms Villiers and Mrs May get their Brexit, to quote President Reagan, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet”.
Andrew Dismore AM
London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden
The Queen’s Walk