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Brexit ‘was about bringing politics home’ says Lord Frost

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The former Brexit minister said Brexit was “about bringing democracy back to Britain”.

Lord Frost told GB News: “Brexit was about bringing politics home, it was about bringing democracy back to Britain so we could set our own rules, make our own destiny in the world again.

“That means we’ve got to win the arguments here again. For people like me that means winning the arguments for free markets, freedom of speech, free economies.

“But other people don’t think like that so we’ve got to win those arguments.

“So in that sense there’s a variety of futures but they’re futures that we choose now as British people forging our own destiny in the world, making our own future and succeeding or failing on our own two feet.”

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Global Britain trade surging after Brexit

British trade with non-EU countries has accelerated – as almost all of the fastest growing trading partners are from outside the bloc.

The EU has also declined in importance as a trading partner, according to figures compiled by the Department for International Trade.

According to the latest Trade and Investment Core Statistics Book, trade with the EU fell 1.7 percent in the third quarter of 2021 – compared to the previous 12 months.

Meanwhile, trade with non-EU countries rose 3.3 percent over the same period.

However, a significant difference was seen in goods, with total non-EU trade rising 13.6 percent while EU goods trade rose just 1.4 percent.

Truss urged to take nuclear option to ‘focus minds’ in EU

Liz Truss has been urged to show she is prepared to follow through on her threat to trigger Article 16 in Brexit talks.

Think tank boss Mark Littlewood said it would “focus minds” in the European Union if they thought the UK would take the nuclear option.

Mr Littlewood, director general of the Institute for Economic Affairs free market think tank, said: “I think if we can’t find a workable solution then what the Foreign Secretary has intimated and I agree with is that we will have to trigger Article 16.

“It seems to me pretty unambiguous that this is causing damage socially and economically to the people of Northern Ireland.

“So as a final resort, I think we should be unapologetic about triggering Article 16. It seems to me all of the necessary evidence is there that would make that wholly justifiable.

“And perhaps if the European Union think that we might actually trigger it that will focus some minds and we can find an easier solution.

“I think we can get there and I think we will get there. I think the only question is whether this is done by sensible discussion and debate, or whether we have to do it unilaterally by triggering Article 16.”

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