Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice has urged a swift exit from the EU amid fears that continued membership through a transition extension would cripple Britain’s economic recovery. Mr Tice pointed out how the European Union’s strict state aid rules would block Britain from taking fast, decisive action to rescue the economy after the coronavirus pandemic. During an interview with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, Mr Tice also praised Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost, remarking that the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier had finally “met his match”.
Mr Tice said the tragic pandemic showed “the importance of being an independent self-governing nation so you can make rapid decisions to suit your nation’s needs”.
He explained: “We will need to make some very rapid, big economic decisions that we couldn’t do if we were a member of the EU because of state aid rules.
“I don’t think there will be an extension to the transition because it is stated in our law that we cannot extend.
“People would have to go back to Parliament to undo that law and I can’t see Conservative MPs going through with that.”
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Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice has urged a swift exit from the EU
Tice also praised Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost, remaking that the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier had finally “met his match”
In his praise of David Frost, Mr Tice said: “David Frost is my new civil servant best friend.
“We think he is doing an excellent job and his letter to Barnier yesterday was very fair and reasonable.”
He tweeted on Wednesday that the letter to Mr Barnier was an “utterly forensic destruction of outrageous EU negotiating demands for a UK deal”.
In a letter to the French negotiator, Mr Frost publicly accused Brussels of finding the UK “unworthy” of the right trade deal.
There are fears among Brexiteers that Boris Johnson could be forced into agreeing an extension
He ripped into the EU for offering the UK a low-quality trade agreement that he says would force the country to “bend to EU norms”.
Mr Frost added that it was “simply not a provision any democratic country could sign”.
There are fears among Brexiteers that Boris Johnson could be forced into agreeing an extension, with the last chance to extend talks in June.
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France and Germany are proposing an unprecedented £448bn European recovery fund
Britain would be liable to contribute towards a huge EU bailout currently being debated among EU27 leaders.
France and Germany are proposing an unprecedented £448billion European recovery fund to be distributed to EU countries worst affected by COVID-19.
Mrs Merkel said the European Commission would raise money for the fund by borrowing on the markets, which would be repaid gradually from the EU’s overall budget.
An analysis recently revealed that the EU economy could shrink by 7.5 percent in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.