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Chancellor plans Brexit betrayal


Published Jul 21, 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s plans for ‘transitional arrangements’ – including extending our open borders for several years – will lead to a betrayal of the Brexit decision, says UKIP interim leader Steve Crowther.

“Extending freedom of movement for two, three or four years produces no obvious benefit to anyone”, he said. “It is an EU principle, so ending it in 2019 or 2023 makes no difference to them.

“Business wants certainty, and that comes from sticking to the timetable, negotiating robustly and introducing clear border control policies that enable us to access the skills we need.

“Since the election, Theresa May is badly holed and unseaworthy, and the Remainer Philip Hammond – who was on his way out of the door before June 8th – now sees an opportunity to fudge, delay and obfuscate until the end of the current Parliament, to try and get the decision reversed.

“Every time a member state has voted against the EU’s wishes, they have been faced with delays and obstructions which eventually deliver the EU’s desired outcome. This has happened to France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Greece…

“UKIP will be in the background while the Government is delivering the clean Brexit the country voted for. But if the Cabinet members surrender to Michel Barnier’s threats and agree the Chancellor’s Remainer-driven plan, we will be back with a vengeance.”

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