Jill Seymour says…
Everyone seems to be trying to predict what life is going to be like for families and businesses over the next few years.
And the phrase which keeps popping up in conversation is “When we are out of Europe…”
Hold on, just rewind for a moment. That’s not what Brexit is all about.
We are NOT leaving Europe. We are NOT turning our backs on the European people. We are simply untangling ourselves from the tentacles of the flawed, and frankly floundering institution called the European Union.
People supported Brexit because they are fed up of being controlled by Europe. This is very, very different from saying we want to pull up the drawbridge and completely isolate ourselves from our neighbours.
We just want to wrestle back control of our own rules, regulations, and legislation.
I campaigned passionately for Brexit because I believe it will always be the British people who know what is best for our strong, proud, and resilient island nation.
Look at the investment which is flooding into places like Telford, where my constituency office is based, right now. In the past year, we’ve probably seen more headline-grabbing developments than at any time since the halcyon days of the late 1980s, when so many Japanese and Taiwanese firms set up manufacturing bases in the town.
Austrian automotive component manufacturer Polytec is building a new factory here which will create nearly 250 jobs, and another car parts giant, Magna, has started work on an even bigger plant which will employ over 300 workers.
These multi-million pound decisions are never made lightly. The companies will have weighed up the pros and cons, and come to what I believe is clearly the right conclusion: that the future is bright for Brexit Britain, and we are perfectly positioned to prosper.
To those who are worried that our exit from the European Union will damage economic development, and bring about a threat to workers’ rights, I say this:
The UK has never depended on the EU for workers’ rights. Modern pensions began in 1908, equal pay was introduced in 1970, our Race Discrimination Act dates back to 1965, and UK maternity rights are longer and better paid than those enshrined in EU law.
That same EU law provides for a minimum of four weeks of paid holiday for workers – yet the UK already provides 5.6 weeks.
Have faith. Britain will always do what is best for its people . . . and free from the shackles of the European Union, it will be far better placed to deliver.