The Telegraph, December 19, Martin Howe
Brexit gives our country huge opportunities to do better in all sorts of ways. But by itself, it does not guarantee that we will actually take advantage of those opportunities. Now we have taken back control, it is up to us as a nation to use the freedom we have gained to deliver tangible results.
Unfortunately, two years into a Parliament with a large Tory and pro-Brexit majority, there is a horrible feeling that momentum has dissipated. Allowance must be made for the huge distraction of having to deal with the unexpected Covid emergency.
Even so, there are worrying indications that radical plans which would take advantage of our Brexit freedoms are being delayed, sabotaged, watered down or stifled by resistance from a Remain-supporting Blob within Whitehall and the legal establishment.
Great Britain has now largely escaped from the EU’s legal jurisdiction, but that cannot be said of Northern Ireland. Vast swathes of EU laws still apply there as does the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
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