Brexit come what May
Andrew Baxter, the Managing Director of Europa Worldwide Group, is a vocal supporter of the benefits of “Brexit”. Here, he comments on UK’s new Prime Minister (with whom he is acquainted) and the new Cabinet. “I think I’m in a good place to comment as someone who supported Brexit when the new PM Theresa May supported Remain.
Her appointment is great news for the country and ensures that the drawn out nine-week party leadership process has been avoided. Whilst Brexit is great for Britain, a void of leadership in the period immediately post the Referendum would have been very damaging.
Brexit is a very significant change in Britain’s relationships with Europe and around the world so immediate confident leadership post the Referendum was essential. Clearly Cameron and Osborne could not provide that leadership, considering the negative things that they said about the consequences of Brexit during the campaign, so new leadership was essential.
Though it is only a week since Theresa May’s appointment she has had a very confident start, and I think this restores confidence in Britain both at home and abroad.
I’m very pleased to see that David Davis, Liam Fox and Boris Johnson has been appointed in the key roles for implementing Brexit, overseas trade and foreign policy.
Theresa May has done well to bind in both Leave and Remain elements of the party, allowing the Conservative Party to reunite post the Referendum. It is easy to see how the Conservative party could have torn itself apart post Referendum. This has been avoided which is very good news as it allows stable government in this critical period.
I do not believe that we need to be in any great rush to trigger article 50. Cabinet Ministers should take time and space to consider our position before negotiations begin. The timing of this trigger could well be an important card in our renegotiation strategy and therefore should be actioned only after careful consideration.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the negative consequences of Brexit that were put forwards by the Remain campaign are not coming to fruition.
Brexit was never for the faint hearted, but on balance, with the appointment of Theresa May, I am more than satisfied with the current position.
I believe Britain will grow in confidence and global respect over the coming months and that it will increasingly be recognised that Britain will be economically safer, more secure and more prosperous, outside of the EU.”