Wilson – George Freeman’s comments show Brexit could irreparably damage our national interests

Brexit could be “the moment we finally failed as a great nation”, leaving Britain “an isolated, small, insular, old, ageing economy”, the Government’s policy chief has said today.

George Freeman MP, the chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board, told an event at the IPPR think tank that this Brexit nightmare scenario “chills me to the bone.”

Commenting, Phil Wilson MP leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“The Prime Minister’s policy chief – somebody at the very heart of Downing Street – admits that Brexit could be ‘the moment we finally failed as a great nation’. He is right to sound the alarm about the irreparable damage it could do to our national interests.

“Already we are seeing the damage Brexit has caused. The price of food is rising at its highest rate for years, directly because of the collapse in the value of the Pound after the referendum. Growth has slowed, and companies are preparing now to move jobs overseas. 

“Ministers’ insistence that Brexit must be carried out at any cost, even if it turns us into a third tier country, is a complete betrayal of both Leave and Remain voters. Nobody voted for this nightmare scenario.

“If the Brexit squeeze continues to hurt working people in their pockets, and the negotiations remain stuck in the mud, the British people have the absolute right to keep an open mind about our future relationship with Europe.”

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Notes to editors:

Mr Freeman’s comments are reported here: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/nov/14/theresa-may-ally-accuses-hammond-of-vetoing-politics-promoting-economic-justice-politics-live?page=with:block-5a0ae00322c4a1070a15d272#block-5a0ae00322c4a1070a15d272