John Redwood: We know exactly what we want from EU negotiations

Posted On: 
28th June 2016

Appearing on BBC News, Tory Brexiteer John Redwood sought to assuage the public that the process of leaving the European Union has been “thoroughly researched” by Out campaigners.

“Let me reassure the public, a huge amount of research and effort went in by policy institutes, by Conservatives for Britain where I led the research effort, by Andrea Leadsom’s Fresh Start group and by Vote Leave and their researchers. There is an awful lot of material available, and I and others are taking that now to the Cabinet Office to share it with the officials who are making up the option paper for the new prime minister.

“So everything has been very thoroughly researched, we know exactly what we’re trying to get out of these negotiations and out of leaving the European Union. And the public bought in to the main principles, the main principles are: take back control so that we can do our own laws and taxes in future, have a fair system of migration control that is the same for the EU and for the rest of the world so that we can have some control of numbers, and spend our own money. They were the essential features of the campaign which have to be non-negotiable matters when we make sure we exit from the EU.”

He rejected claims that the UK would not have access to the single market without having to make compromises.

“They [the EU] won’t say that and they can’t say that. America, Japan, India, China have very good access to the single market without being members of the EU or having special relationships. I think we would do better than that, because we start from the position where we are fully integrated on trade and commerce matters and we share all those same rules and regulations. We are not seeking to change any of those things to impede our trade or business. And I’d be very surprised, once the anger and annoyance and the emotions have calmed down over the summer, if our European partners want to start disrupting the trade and putting obstacles in the way of sensible business.”

The backbencher did not confirm whether he believes the next Tory leader should have been in favour of Brexit.

“Let’s wait and see, there are a couple of very active days where people are trying to put together composite slates and obviously the leader has to unite the party. But above all the leader has to take the scared flame of the public mandate from the referendum and implement it as smoothly and as quickly as possible.”