The merchants of doom and gloom (even amongst some Brexiteers) at the potential negatives of a WTO ‘no deal’ scenario with the EU continue to go into over-drive. It’s really all quite unnecessary. Far from a bad thing, long-term, no restrictive deal with the EU will be a marvellous thing. If we were to walk away ASAP with nothing in place with the EU, the world is waiting. Let us not forget, the EU needs us far more than we need them!
Let’s look at a few facts to remind people of where we are at right now:
Since we voted to leave the EU, the following list of German companies have invested in, expanded or plan to expand UK operations soon.
In addition to this, we pay in far more than we get back out annually. If we eventually leave without a deal during these negotiations; do you honestly believe that Mrs. Merkel won’t be banging the door, forcing the EU’s hand or trying to go out on her own to make some sort of arrangement with the UK that benefits Germany and safeguards German jobs?
Now, let’s look at the list of countries throughout the world that would gladly open trade talks with the United Kingdom tomorrow, and could do if we weren’t restricted by our EU partners.
All of these nations are already on record as wanting to negotiate new relationships with a free and Independent United Kingdom:
SOUTH AFRICA wants a bilateral free trade deal with the UK.
#1 Economy in southern Africa
#3 African economy
#7 Commonwealth economy (excl. UK)
#8 Wine producing country in the world
#48 Global Financial Centre (Johannesburg)
Major citrus fruit producer
55.89 million consumers
AUSTRALIA wants a bilateral free trade deal with the UK.
#2 Economy in Southern Hemisphere
#3 Commonwealth economy (excl. UK)
#5 Wine producing country in the world
#8 Global Financial Centre (Sydney)
#13 World economy
Major citrus fruit producer
24.85 million consumers
BRAZIL wants a free trade agreement with the UK.
#1 Economy in Southern Hemisphere
#1 South American economy
#1 Coffee producer
#1 Sugar producer
#2 Beef producer
#5 Cotton producer
#5 Tin producer
#8 Aluminium producer
#8 Nickel producer
#9 World economy
212.29 million consumers
INDONESIA wants a bilateral free trade deal with the UK.
#1 Southeast Asian economy
#1 Nickel producer
#2 Tin producer
#3 Rice producer
#3 Rubber producer
#4 Coffee producer
#4 Coal producer
#8 Tea producer
#16 World economy
265.27 million consumers
CANADA wants a bilateral free trade deal with the UK.
#1 Wood products exporter
#2 Blueberry producer
#2 Commonwealth economy (excl. UK)
#3 Cobalt producer
#4 Tungsten producer
#6 Oil producer
#6 Wheat producer
#10 World economy
36.81 million consumers
KENYA wants a bilateral free trade deal with the UK.
#2 East African economy
#3 Flower bouquet exporter
#3 Tea producer
#3 Guava producer
#3 Sisal producer
#4 Snap pea exporter
#12 Commonwealth economy (excl. UK)
#16 Coffee exporter
48.88 million consumers
JAPAN wants a bilateral free trade deal with the UK.
#2 Asian economy
#2 Car exporter
#2 Importer in Asia of UK-made cars
#3 World economy
#4 Most competitive manufacturing country
#6 Rubber producer
#10 Rice producer
#10 Tea producer
126.26 million consumers
SWITZERLAND wants a free trade deal with UK.
#3 Chocolate producer
#3 Watch exporter
#7 European economy
#8 Chemicals exporter
#9 Per capita GDP (PPP)
#9 Global Financial Centre (Zurich)
#15 Global Financial Centre (Geneva)
#19 World economy
8.53 million consumers
GHANA wants a bilateral free trade agreement with the UK.
#2 Cocoa producer
#2 West African economy
#9 Gold producer
#10 African economy
#14 Commonwealth economy
Major timber products producer
Tuna, aluminum, manganese ore & diamond exporter
28.94 million consumers
President Trump too is on record as having said the United States of America will want Britain at the front of the line to trade as soon as possible.
All in all, there could be forty or more countries worldwide that are waiting to do business with our independent United Kingdom.
Perhaps what is really irking and worrying Barnier, Juncker and the rest in the glass corridors of power in Brussels is the simple fact that rather than needing the EU, the United Kingdom could soon potentially soon replace it!