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OPINION: How to solve Brexit shambles

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 October 2017

CARMEN VALINO ALL RIGHTS - on shift

What a mess! The fundamental challenge that Theresa May has is that the single biggest plank of her government’s policy is Brexit, yet she doesn’t believe in it and nor do three quarters of her cabinet.

When people are fed up with the political classes and are seeking inspiration from conviction politicians, it does help to believe in the policy you are implementing. So here are few leadership tips for the PM right now.

1. Sack the chancellor and home secretary and replace with Jacob Rees Mogg and Priti Patel, respectively. This would demonstrate that her top team are all aligned on Brexit and support the will of the British people. They are both passionate believers and would be personally invested in the success of the Brexit enterprise.

2. Issue a three month ultimatum to the EU to present an itemised “divorce bill”. In the meantime I would cease all talks with the EU and engage vigorously in talks with other countries.

If the EU fail to present a bill I would simply give notice that we are leaving forthwith. The two issues that concern British business are (a) meeting EU regulations, and (b) tariffs.

As far as the former is concerned, this should not be an immediate issue or disturbance to trade as our laws our currently aligned with EU laws. Tariffs may mean price changes, but so be it, there will be some short term winners and losers, but everyone will adjust.

3. Remove corporation tax. This is a pointless tax which multinationals legally avoid, therefore making it unfair on small British businesses who can’t. Every time corporation taxes are reduced, the government raises more revenue.

Slashing this tax will also mean wealthy companies, the world over, will wish to relocate to Britain, creating more jobs, investment and wealth. It’s a no-brainer.

And that’s just for starters… More from Lance

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