With the countdown to Brexit quickly ticking away, Business Link Magazine invites a select number of the region’s business leaders to offer their thoughts.
Here we talk with Colin Davie, Executive Councillor for Economy & Place, Lincolnshire County Council
” When I campaigned for the UK to Vote Leave, in the Referendum, I did so with my eyes clearly open towards a new technology driven global marketplace for business. The growth markets of the future, China, India and the USA and emerging markets such as Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia. As I write this today I sense we have had a total collective failure of nerve and a failure to embrace the optimistic and ambitious businesses that will make up our future economy and prosperity. This supported by a media who only want to argue one side of the coin which in itself will have repercussions in the future. No one should be scared of trading on WTO terms for a short term period whilst we realign ourselves for global opportunity.
The Withdrawal agreement shackles us to the EU and all of its bureaucratic, over regulated processes which are an inhibitor to growth at pace, in a world that will continue to speed up. In my mind, having looked at both documents, everything beneficial to the EU is in the 585 page, legally binding withdrawal agreement and anything we could argue as a positive for us is in the legally unenforceable political declaration. The price of a trade deal with the EU is to align ourselves across all aspects with the EU standards and policies and we have no get out, no renegotiation. This is not leaving the EU but shackling ourselves forever to further interference and rule.
Parliament will have to decide what to do next but our negotiations with Europe have been a disaster of historic proportions and the splits in our society will cause problems, politically and economically for generations to come. I remain optimistic as many of our businesses in Lincolnshire are, planning and investing for the future and I will do everything I can to help and support them in the months and years ahead. Today, Fortune will favour the brave.