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Nadine Dorries
Theresa May's Brexit Speech
Posted Wednesday, 18 January 2017 at 11:21

In the days of Blair and Brown, and Cameron and Osborne, the most senior members of the government would give speeches almost every other day about any topic under the sun. They wanted to please journalists, who loved having something to cover, but the content was lost, immediately forgotten, just another meaningless entry on the media grid.

Yesterday’s speech by Theresa May couldn’t have been more different. Instead of the running commentary demanded by many, the Prime Minister had taken her time to actually consider the issue, the most important question facing the country today. She has taken very detailed advice from a range of views, not just sought out people who agree with her pre-conceived position.

Continuity Remain had already briefed that the instant measure of success for the speech would be the movement of the pound on the currency markets. Self-satisfied tweeters trying to highlight a collapse as the PM spoke fell silent when the pound began to rise, and kept rising. The markets respond well to certainty.

I never thought I would live to see the day that a Prime Minister would be able to stand up and announce a clear plan for taking Britain out of the EU, ending unrestricted freedom of movement and pulling us out of the European Court of Justice. Britain will continue to work with our European partners but it will no longer be at the expense of restricting our interaction with the rest of the world.

Today’s European press makes interesting reading. A strong, prosperous UK outside the EU is a nightmare for Europe’s ruling class. Headlines like ‘Little Britain’ tell us what they want to see happen. They are going to be disappointed. The EU project is fundamentally flawed and badly designed. They are still trapped inside it. We are not.

 
 
 
 
 

 
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