The ‘disaster’ that wasn’t (Gordon J Stewart)
It is hardly a month since the IMF was telling us that voting to leave the EU would be a disaster. But they have now admitted, as we who advocated leave have said all along, that they got their sums wrong.
They were not alone and many other predicted “disasters” by the remain side, such as three million jobs lost, our being isolated and friendless, no inward investment and much else, have not happened either.
New predictions from the IMF now show that our economy will have grown outside the EU by 1.3 per cent by the end of this year, and 1.7 per cent in 2017. This will be outpacing both France and Germany. How much faster still it will grow once we are truly free remains to be seen, but the signs for continued success are excellent.
We have many new trade deals in the offing, including the USA who were telling us we’d be “at the back of the queue” for trade shortly before we opted for Brexit.
The Scots have been told that they cannot stay in the EU in the way the SNP want but, if they leave the UK, they can apply for membership as an independent country. However, it will mean no “opt outs” and having to accept the failing euro currency.
I can’t see Nicola Sturgeon “selling” that to the electorate and the same rule will apply to Northern Ireland, thus the future of the UK as a single body is secure.
The Commonwealth, our true friends, are gathering around in welcome and support despite predictions that they wouldn’t.
Australia, New Zealand, Canada and India have trade deals worth billions of pounds each just waiting for us to leave the EU so as to implement them.
While we remain in the EU these new deals cannot be implemented due to the restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Rome.
Inward investment is continuing with Siemens and Boeing both building new facilities here.
In short the country is recovering far faster than even we who advocated Brexit were anticipating, and things can only continue to improve.
Despite these facts we still see some of your regular contributors pleading to “reconsider” the vote and now there are even steps being taken to prevent us triggering Article 50 via legal action despite it being the clear will of the majority of the electorate and stated aim of the government.
Why some people want to surrender all these massive advantages and steady improvements of being out of the control of Brussels only to return to the calamity of a dictatorship called EU, which is failing and self destructing, is beyond me.
Gordon J Stewart