Uk’S Withdrawal from the European Union

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:53 pm on 13th March 2019.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham 5:53 pm, 13th March 2019

Some 17.4 million people voted to leave. They were told by both the Government and the remain campaign that that meant leaving the customs union and the single market. They were told that many things would be damaging or wrong if we left. There was a series of very bad short-term forecasts for the first year after the vote, and the public said to the experts, “We don’t believe you”, and they were right about the short-term forecasts: jobs figures went up, not down; growth went up—there was no recession; and house prices performed reasonably well. This was a specific forecast for the year after the vote and before we could conceivably have left.