End di­vi­sions which slow progress

Andy Monk, Trea­surer UKIP NW Cambs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Speaker’s Corner -

The past cou­ple of weeks have brought UKIP a new leader in Diane James and now the party must unite be­hind her and get on with the im­por­tant busi­ness of win­ning seats both at coun­cil level and in Par­lia­ment.

There have been too many di­vi­sions within the party in re­cent years which have slowed down our progress as the third largest po­lit­i­cal party in the UK. This must now stop and as a party we must get fully be­hind Diane, our MP Dou­glas Car­swell and our hard­work­ing coun­cil­lors through­out the coun­try that do such an out­stand­ing job.

There are County Coun­cil elections through­out the coun­try next year and with the new bound­ary changes it will be tough for UKIP, but with hard­work and the self­less as­sis­tance pro­vided by so many lo­cal grass­roots sup­port­ers in UKIP we can have great suc­cess.

Post-Brexit the sky has not fallen onto our heads, the earth is still spin­ning and we have not had the fi­nan­cial melt­down that the prophets of doom from the Re­main side promised would hap­pen. In fact the FTSE 100 In­dex has reached its high­est lev­els for a year and busi­ness is boom­ing for many com­pa­nies.

Our job as UKIP is to put pres­sure on Theresa May’s gov­ern­ment to start the for­mal Brexit process as soon as pos­si­ble so we can get on with open­ing up trade links with the many coun­tries who are queu­ing up to trade with us.

There has been a lot of talk about trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50 of the Treaty on Euro­pean Union to be­gin our two year di­vorce from mem­ber­ship of the EU. This would be a very in­volved process which would en­counter go­ing cap in hand to Brus­sels once again and de­mur­ring to the EU’s pro­cesses and ex­tended bu­reau­cracy for ap­prox­i­mately two years, although this process could take longer with the in­evitable dis­agree­ments along the way.

A far cleaner method of leav­ing the EU would be for the gov­ern­ment to re­peal The Euro­pean Com­mu­ni­ties Act 1972, the Act that got the UK into the EU in the first place. By re­peal­ing the Act we could leave the EU on our own terms with­out any fur­ther in­ter­fer­ence or de­lay by the EU.

We could then re­gain our seat on the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion where we can ne­go­ti­ate trade deals as a full and in­de­pen­dent mem­ber. We would once again have full con­trol over in­ter­nal reg­u­la­tions.

Cur­rently more than 60 coun­tries have trade deals with the EU, and six of the top ten ex­porters to the EU do not have a trade agree­ment with the EU at all. These are USA, China, Ja­pan, Rus­sia, In­dia and Brazil.

So the fu­ture is bright. Look to the pos­i­tives. Most of the me­dia al­ways wants to look at the neg­a­tives.

The UK has the fifth largest econ­omy in the world and will truly pros­per out­side the claus­tro­pho­bic con­fines of the straight­jacket that is the EU. UKIP and the peo­ple of the UK who voted Leave on 23 June must put pres­sure on May’s gov­ern­ment to keep its prom­ises and truly Brexit as soon as pos­si­ble.

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