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FABRICANT: Corbyn’s Brexit position betrays Brexiteers



TORY MP Micheal Fabricant has blasted Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit U-Turn describing it as his “Latest position.”

Writing for HuffPost UK he said that “Remaining a member of any Customs Union would outsource our international trade policy to Brussels, despite no longer being part of the EU.”

“The upside of this option, supporters say, is that it would allow us capitalise on the free trade deals conducted by the EU.”

But the downsides, however, far outweigh any benefits. In entering any Customs Union with the EU after Brexit – always assuming the EU would agree to such a thing in the first place – we would be unable to negotiate any bilateral trade deals with the rest of the world without the EU’s prior agreement.”


Mr Fabricant, who has been a Tory MP since in 1997 added that: “The aspiration of a Global Britain after Brexit will be dashed.”

“As a result of this, our trade with the wider world outside the EU will continue to be conducted on the EU’s terms. Thus, the needs of British industry will be at the mercy of French farmers, German manufacturers, Spanish fishermen and every other Tom. Dick and Harry member of the Customs Union”

“Trade with the EU will of course remain vitally important after Brexit, but with at least 57% of our exports now going to countries outside the EU, it is imperative that we do everything we can to give British industry the competitive edge in the global market.”


Fabricant added: “When the British people voted for Brexit, they did not just vote to regain control of our borders. They also voted for the chance to shape our own global destiny.”

He cited Germany as an example of EU protectionism agaisnt poorer countries in Africa: “Germany has the technological edge in many areas of food production, but EU tariffs on processed coffee effectively force African producers to export cheaper, unprocessed coffee, which richer European countries can then profit from.”


“The very basis of internationalism, the kind that Corbyn claims is at the heart of his political philosophy, means looking beyond one’s own borders and confronting the problems faced by countries less fortunate than our own.”

If we’re going to re-enter into any form of Customs Union with the EU, we may as well have not left the EU in the first place. ”

“Only by breaking free from this and any future Customs Union can we open ourselves up to the wider world, a world we have for too long shunned in favour of the EU project. Anything else would be a betrayal of the EU referendum result… And that, Mr Corbyn, is the true spirit of internationalism.”

Article courtesy of HuffPost UK Politics

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