Post- Brexit Britain is poised to prosper
North East Hampshire MP Ranil Jayawardena talks marriage allowance, Brexit and trade deals
FAMILIES are blocks of society.
That’s why I believe that it is the responsibility of all governments of whatever hue to remove the obstacles that might discriminate against families to create a society that works for everyone.
Last week, I was pleased to host, along with the Bishop of Chester, the launch of a new report into how different countries distribute the tax burden between families and individuals.
After years of seeing no recognition, I was pleased that HM Government introduced a Marriage Allowance in 2013, to take effect in 2015, allowing couples to transfer 10% of their unused personal allowance to their spouse, saving up to £ 220 in the tax year 2016- 17.
Despite this welcome the building change, last week’s report showed how British families are disproportionately taxed, compared to those from other OECD countries.
And the system remains rigged against those families with, for whatever reason, only a single- earner.
I am in the process of finalising my own independent analysis on the success and failure of the marriage allowance, having already met the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the topic, in order to best support families who are just about managing in the future.
The emerging evidence shows that extending the allowance would give those families a welcome break and underline this government’s commitment to families at the heart of our society.
As well as a detailed, proactive, look at policy like this, I’ve also been keeping up to date with emerging government policy on Britain’s relationship with the EU.
On June 23 last year, this country made a historic decision. Whatever your view on this important subject, I believe it is incumbent on all politicians – and indeed the wider public – to come together, respect the country’s decision, and make sure the United Kingdom succeeds on the global stage.
Our Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now laid out her ‘ 12 Point Plan for Brexit’ giving people greater certainty over what Brexit will look like.
We are leaving the EU, but we are not leaving Europe. As a member of the International Trade Committee in Parliament, I believe it’s really important that we look beyond the horizon to trade with the whole world – Europe and further afield.
To that end, last summer, soon after the referendum, I was pleased to visit the United States as part of a delegation hosted by the US State Department.
In my meetings with congressmen, senators and others, we discussed new opportunities for trade and investment – fostering greater relations between our countries and strengthening our historic ‘ special relationship’.
In that light, I was delighted to hear the positive news this month from across the pond. Senior republicans in the USA have confirmed to the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, that the United Kingdom is in the ‘ front seat’ for a new trade deal – exactly what was confirmed to me when I visited.
I believe that by working with our international allies, friends and partners – in Europe and further afield – the United Kingdom is well equipped to not only succeed, but prosper, in the years ahead.
If you would like to contact me on any issue, please email Ranil@ TellRanil. com or write to me at the House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.