Brexit: Deborah Meaden clashes with Longworth on trade deals
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Sadiq Khan discussed the possibility of Britain rejoining the single market in order to boost growth. Mr Khan slammed the likes of Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg and claimed it was only Remainers who were trying to make Brexit work rather than politicians who backed leaving in the first place. The Mayor went on to discuss the Good Friday agreement and claimed that Ireland had been proven right in warning about the important role the Good Friday Agreement would play in post-Brexit relations between the UK and the EU.
Mr Khan told LBC: “The easiest way, the quickest way to get growth is to join the single market. You’re still outside the EU, but by joining the single market you increase growth almost overnight.
“And by the way what does it do to the confidence of the markets? It boosts it, so let’s not pretend that the Government are concerned about growth… Because they’re really concerned about growth.
“It’s an ideological game they’re playing saying you’re either with us…Oh and by the way only our policies will lead to growth, and if you don’t agree with our policy you’re anti-growth.
“It’s a caricature and it’s this you know, what we call in politics a dividing line that you try and portray.
“So anybody who is not for my policies is anti-growth is anti my policies, and by the way, who is in this hodgepodge of people XR, North Londoners, Labour, Lib Dems, SNP, Greens.
“Anybody basically who’s not part of the…well, basically anybody who is not part of the… per cent who currently support the Tory Party, isn’t it?”
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He continued: “It seems like everybody’s you’re either with us or against us in relation to being growth or anti-growth.
“And the problem is they then say you’re talking down the country, they then say you’re talking down our businesses when what you’re doing is calling out some of the consequences of Brexit.
“And my point about Brexit is actually this, look to see who is actually trying to make Brexit a success.
“It’s us Remainers by the way trying to make Brexit a success, not Jacob Rees-Mogg or Boris Johnson, or those… There’s is Michael Gove who vacated the pitch now.
“It’s those who said this would happen who are now trying their very best to make it work.
“And to criticise the Government of Ireland who have been proved right in relation to the sensitivity of the Good Friday agreement, the importance of not having a border between North and South, the fragility of peace is just beggars belief.”
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Britain exiting the single market has caused a major divide across the political spectrum.
There has been some speculation as to whether new Prime Minister Liz Truss will bid to rejoin again.
Those who support rejoining the single market argue that it helps to boost trade within the UK.
Remainer Rory Stewart told the political commentary podcast The Rest is Politics: “If you were trying to rebuild the British economy, a big customs union pitch could be a central part of rebuilding confidence.”
He added: “Now people can see that the problems we are facing particularly with Northern Ireland but also the problems we are facing with trade.
“And finally, we can now see that because of what’s happened with Russia-Ukraine that the ERG gamble that they could give up trading with Europe in order to trade with China…looks very dodgy now.
“Nobody wants to be exposed and totally reliant on trade with China, in fact almost all countries are trying to reduce their reliance on China.”
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