Brexit: Jeremy Vine caller claims 'we are booming'
Nigel from Warwickshire insisted that the UK is “booming” with exports to the rest of the world as he hit out at the EU for “devastating coastal communities”. He claimed that Britain buys three times more from Europe than sells to it. Speaking to the Jeremy Vine show, Nigel said: “We will be drinking the Brexit-ane rather than the champagne.
“Fishing has been devastated in the UK because of the common fisheries policy, absolutely devastated.
“This destroyed the coastal communities.
“If you go to the coastal communities you see poverty, absolute poverty.
“On top of that British farming was the best in Europe before 1973.
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“He added: “We buy three times more from Europe on food and cars and drink than we sell to Europe.
“We are booming exporting to the rest of the world that is because we are very efficient at selling to the rest of the world.
“This is the best news for Britain.”
His comments come as Boris Johnson has warned there is a “strong possibility” the UK will fail to broker a trade agreement with the EU as he told the nation to prepare for no-deal at the end of the Brexit transition period.
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The Prime Minister said the current proposals would keep the nation “kind of locked in the EU’s orbit” but insisted negotiators would “go the extra mile” in trying to get a treaty in time for December 31.
Mr Johnson told his Cabinet on Thursday evening to “get on and make those preparations” for a departure on terms like Australia’s, which does not have a trade deal with Europe unlike Canada.
“I do think we need to be very, very clear, there is now a strong possibility – a strong possibility – that we will have a solution that is much more like an Australian relationship with the EU than a Canadian relationship with the EU,” he said.
Elsewhere in the interview, he added: “So what I told the Cabinet this evening is to get on and make those preparations. We’re not stopping talks, we’ll continue to negotiate but looking at where we are I do think it’s vital that everyone now gets ready for that Australian option.”
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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said a deal is “90% of the way there” but that the Government will not accept an agreement at any price.
And he insisted ministers were not “taking people for a ride” by saying the UK would trade on “Australian-style” terms with Brussels if it failed to reach an agreement.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t think it is taking people for a ride to take a major economy that is relatively similar to the United Kingdom and compare the trading relationship.
“I don’t dispute that there will be challenges in relation to having an Australia-style relationship – by the way, it’s worth saying those challenges apply to both sides, that’s why it is so much in the interests of both sides to reach that deal, we are 90 percent of the way there.
“But we can’t, as Labour appear to be suggesting… accept it at any price.”
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