Brexit Britain is ‘full of opportunities’ says John Redwood
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Sir John, the Tory MP for Wokingham in Berkshire, was commenting on the results of Thursday’s various elections, which saw his party take control of several local authorities across the UK, as well as sealing victory in the former Labour stronghold of Hartlepool in the northeast. The member of the European Research Group (ERG) tweeted: “Leave voters reminded candidates we want to see positive change taking advantage of our new freedoms as an independent country.
Too many Opposition parties still want to tell Brexit voters off for voting to leave
Sir John Redwood
“Too many Opposition parties still want to tell Brexit voters off for voting to leave.”
Suggesting they would be better off accentuating the positive, Sir John added: “They should show some enthusiasm for what we can now achieve.”
Sir John’s post attracted a mixed reception on Twitter.
Malcolm Hill commented: “John your tweets just attract the usual moaning Remoaners who still can’t accept we’ve left the Brussels cabal and they can’t look ahead.”
Lee McLoughlin added: “They never will. Their bitterness towards us and our decision knows no bounds.”
Christina Hutchings said: “Remoaners still haven’t got over it and unbelievably would like to see the country fail rather than make it work! That’s the kinda people they are…..”
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However, there was also no shortage of scepticism from those dubious about the benefits of Brexit.
Paul Kearney said: “Of course the reality is too many Brexit voters, Want to tell remain voters off for asking to see what the benefits are.
“And what exactly we’re supposed to be enthusiastic about.”
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Paul Whateley added: “Perhaps you could give an example?
“I know the fishing one doesn’t quite work in reality and farming is not so good, but at least have an idea of something that could be real benefit of leaving the World’s biggest trading bloc and alienating our neighbours? End of UK? New flag?”
Sir John is a long-term Eurosceptic, as well as being a former cabinet minister under John Major.
In an op-ed for the Conservative Home website last month, he warned the UK was still sticking to EU budget regulations, more than four months after leaving.
He wrote: “The UK economy is currently being run on the Maastricht rules as if we had not left the EU.”
Sir John cited a report published by the Office for Budget Responsibility last month indicating the economy will be guided by requirements to get the budget deficit below three percent of GDP, and that state debt as a percentage of GDP should be falling all the time it is above the 60 percent level.
He said: “It is clear that the whole five year budget in question is dominated by the perceived need to get state debt falling as a percentage of the economy by the end of the forecast period.
“This has led to a range of measures to increase the tax take, with a large increase in the Corporation Tax rate, and a big increase in the numbers of people paying higher rate income tax through freezing allowances.”
Sir John added: “My critics will argue that because we were outside the Euro we never had to follow the Maastricht rules.
“The truth is we did. We still do because we have never changed the rules, even though now we are free to do so.”
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