Our departure from the EU which is still less than six months old is seriously impacting on a number of our industries and our communities. The impact on the Northern Ireland region is probably the most high profile situation and that was clear several years ago. The tragedy is that Conservative MPs such as John Redwood were so angry that the issue could not be easily resolved that they removed Theresa May from the leadership of their party. Theresa May unlike Boris Johnson was very aware of the need to resolve the issue. On the other hand Boris claimed the issue was not a problem, which is very clearly not correct. However there are many other challenges. The efforts for industries such as construction and our industry is that a great deal of our equipment or materials are sourced from within Europe. There are of course other industries which are trying to send their products into Europe. These transfers require a free trade arrangement which is not what is currently taking place. There are also threats for some parts of the farm industries that if a free trade arrangement with Australia and New Zealand occurs that the UK farms which produce food based animals will get closed down. However John Redwood who has been one of the most powerful EU leavers has chosen to address these problems by setting out a series of comments on his tweet account in the last couple of days such as
The UK government should control all movement of goods between GB and Northern Ireland. The EU should only have an interest in goods that are marked to go on the Republic. The UK must take control if the EU is trying to stop internal UK trade.
The UK should just take control of our own internal market into and out of Northern Ireland. I set out how on johnredwood.com
The UK should sign what sounds like a great Free Trade Agreement with Australia, which should lead on to a wider Pacific area Agreement. See the case on johnredwood.com
The EU can ease controls on our trade when it suits them. They now want U.K. holidaymakers to go there despite the continuing high levels of virus cases and deaths, but are unable to relax their extreme controls on Northern Ireland trade. I’m looking forward to my U.K. holiday.
It is clear that the claim by John Redwood back on July 17th 2016 that “Getting out of the EU can be quick and easy – the UK holds most of the cards” proved to be either deeply ignorant or a complete lie. Either way many of the businesses or people in our nation are now facing a number of challenges. However according to one of the EU departure claimants John Redwood, if we choose to stay in the UK for our holidays it will resolve our situation. The reality is that many of us who are passionate about being part of the EU know that holiday locations from a few MPs is not going to change matters for many of our industries or for communities such as Northern Ireland.