‘Public is collectively more intelligent than the Remainer Elites’

November 26, 2018

DON’T PAY: “If Parliament votes to end tariffs and reject the ‘Chequers Deal’, consumers and business will benefit additionally by avoiding a cost of £39B or $60M per (Parliamentary) constituency, in respect of the EU ‘divorce payment’ – for which there is no legal obligation.” – Tim Martin of Wetherspoons.

 

 

MARKET RULES: Former Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, one of the leading voices of the 2016 EU Referendum to remain in the EU, says extortionate tariffs on goods exported from or imported into the UK would be avoided if a trade deal is struck between the UK and the EU and the UK remained in the Single Market.  Picture by David Angell.

 

IMPLICIT THREAT: “In participating in inaccurate scare stories, supermarkets appear keener on maintaining close ties with the EU, an obsession of the elite, rather than on low prices. ‘Pay more at the Big Four’ is the subliminal message.This approach is bad news for shareholders and customers of the Big Four.” Tim Martin of Wetherspoons.

 

 

A LEADING Brexiteer has accused his opponents of “peddling myths” that tariffs would be slapped on imported food goods in the event of a “no-deal” exit from the European Union.

Food products imported from the EU post-Brexit with ‘no deal’ would be hit by an “average tariff” of 22 per cent and this figure has been widely used by former Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, who is now working for Facebook; Richard Baker, the former chairman of Whitbread and the CEOs of the Big Four supermarket retailers – Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s – in briefings with the Treasury Department.

‘UK will be tariff-free if it stays in Single Market’

Clegg claims that on WTO rules, a no-deal Brexit would lead to products exported like beef having tariffs slapped on them at 59 per cent, chocolate at 38 per cent and cheese at 40 per cent and likewise would apply to all food items coming back to the UK unless a trade deal was struck.

He said at the time, “The only way the Government can will be able to avoid this outcome is if it maintains Britain’s membership of the Single Market.”

Whilst visiting one of the Poole pubs of the Wetherspoon chain, there was a statement on literature left on the tables for customers to read on free trade by its boss, Tim Martin and these are some of his thoughts on free trade and why a ‘no deal’ is viable and accused the Remain campaign of indulging in “Project Fear”.

The chain was founded in 1979 by Martin and has 900 outlets across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and locally there are pubs in Poole, Bournemouth, Street, Dorchester, Yeovil, Weymouth, Wimborne, Broadstone, Chard and other towns across Dorset and Somerset.

‘There is no legal duty to pay divorce payment’

“Ending tariffs will reduce shop and pub prices, improve living standards and will help non-EU suppliers, currently discouraged by tariffs, quotas and the extensive paraphernalia of EU protectionism.

“If Parliament votes to end tariffs and reject the ‘Chequers Deal’, consumers and business will benefit additionally by avoiding a cost of £39B or $60M per (Parliamentary) constituency, in respect of the EU ‘divorce payment’ – for which there is no legal obligation.

“Parliament can also regain control of UK fishing waters, where 60 per cent of the catch is currently taken by EU boats.

‘Prices would rise if Parliament imposed tariffs’

“Unfortunately, some individuals, businesses and business organisations have mistakenly or misleadingly, repeated the myth that food prices will rise without a ‘deal’ with the EU.

‘Don’t sign away ‘rights’, then no tariffs’

“In fact, the only way prices can rise post-Brexit is if Parliament votes to impose tariffs. The EU will have no say in the matter, provided that the government does not sign away the UK’s rights in a ‘deal’ in the meantime.

“In taking the free-trade path, the UK would not be conducting a wild experiment, it would be following the successful approach of dynamic economies such as Singapore, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, that have slashed import taxes.

Martin accused the Big Four supermarkets and the Wider EU Remain campaign of being unhealthily tied to the globalist agenda, ignoring the lower prices demanded by consumers and being afraid of competition from smaller chains

‘Big Four obsessed with globalist agenda’

He said: “In participating in inaccurate scare stories, supermarkets appear keener on maintaining close ties with the EU, an obsession of the elite, rather than on low prices. ‘Pay more at the Big Four’ is the subliminal message.

“This approach is bad news for shareholders and customers of the Big Four, but is great for Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Amazon and other disruptors, since they see the benefits of free trade as opportunities, not threats.

“Once again, elite Remainers fail to understand that the public is collectively far more intelligent than they are, which is why democracy works, after all.”

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