During the referendum voters were told that the roads to the Channel Ports would suffer gridlock and heavy disruption. I have spent a lot of time with the Port of Dover and local businesses since the referendum. They tell me they believe they are as ready as they can be for any outcome. Meanwhile the Mayor of Calais and the boss of Calais Port have both said that there will be no hold ups on their side of the English Channel whether there is a deal or not.
New leadership enables a new approach and a fresh start. What has compromised our position so far has been a wish to avoid any tough action at all.
The EU believed we would never walk away and would sign up to almost anything that was offered. Just look at the backstop, which puts borders between parts of our own country and will leave us under the thumb of the EU, without any means of escape.
Instead of taking back control, we would be giving up control.
That is why I welcome Boris Johnson’s plans to withhold the full £39bn settlement until a deal with the EU can be successfully concluded.
Already we hear the howls from Brussels. Yet the law is clear, as a report by the House of Lords EU financial affairs sub-committee in March 2017 spelt out.
They confirmed that we do not owe any money – a view backed up by other legal experts.
Our message to Brussels therefore should be simple. Remove the backstop and then let’s talk about the money.
When people voted Leave, they did so because they thought Britain could do better. And we can.
Brexit is not a problem to be managed, it is an opportunity to be seized. We now have to pick someone who can take us forward to build a global Britain, strong in the World.
Someone who believes in Brexit and how we can build a better future in the years to come. Boris Johnson is the man to unite our country and get us a better deal from Europe.
But he is also strong enough to walk away if they will not deliver. Boris is the one who can move Britain to the bright future that lies ahead. Dover and the frontline stand ready.
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