“The pound is rising - credit is readily affordable - the property market is picking up, and there is a significant drop in Government borrowings.
“The British economy is bigger than the 18 smallest EU countries combined.
“The UK economy is envied by of the rest of Europe; our manufacturing industry is accelerating at a healthy rate - 200,000 new jobs have been created in the last three months - wages are up at twice the rate of inflation.
“The UK is attracting talent into our economy, right on Europe's doorstep. And, as Andrew Gundlach, President and co-CEO of Bleichroeder said, "The whole point of Brexit was to align with the high growth of America and China, not the low growth of Europe."
He added, "Boris is a charismatic, election winning Prime Minister who has forced through Brexit partly thanks to the sheer force of his personality and his ability to outmanoeuvre his opponents.”
Then along came Corvid 19 which has thrown a proverbial spanner in the works. Thoroughly messing up our economy, the jobs market, business confidence and employment.
However, the United Kingdom is still the country it was in February. Despite the froth of the critical minority, including left wing firebrands, the BBC, unions and anarchists, all doing their best to undermine the Prime Minister and the Government by reinventing ‘project fear’. The British public have retained that Bull Dog determination, and the feistiest hound of all is Boris, at the helm.
Like the phoenix which rises up from the ashes and obtains new life and energy from the sun, so will the UK emerge from the ashes of Covid 19. Ours is still the country of choice for international companies, entrepreneurs and economic migrants.
Although battered and bruised by the pandemic, the majority of British workers and viable businesses are keen to get back to work, revitalise the economy, and recognise post-pandemic opportunities.
Farming leaders, ‘celebrities’, some back bench MPs and media commentators, have jumped on the ‘protect farm businesses and food standards’, band wagon. I may have missed something but I am not aware that Boris, George Eustice or even Liz Truss have indicated they are willing to ignore the 1990 Food Safety Act, which is the framework for all food legislation in England, Wales and Scotland, which was updated in January 2018.
Has anyone actually heard any Government Minister suggest disbanding the Food Standards Agency, an independent body which works closely with local authorities to enforce food safety legislation, which covers food IMPORTS and exports, safety, traceability and labelling?
Article 11 of the legislation, states that food which is IMPORTED shall comply with the requirements of food law. Article 16 states that labelling, advertising and presentation, shall not mislead the consumers.
These and many other articles make it abundantly clear that British Food Standards are maintained, and IMPORTED food must follow UK standards of production, including animal welfare, and safe and ethical livestock production.
British farmers are amongst the best in the world and our standard of food production is unequalled. From birth to slaughter welfare is the main priority of farmers who spend 24/7, 365 days a year, caring for our livestock.
Ministers do not intend to allow IMPORTS to undermine British farmers’ profitability, but sadly ‘fake news’ has become deafening. We all like to take centre stage on our soap boxes but if the result whips up a damaging storm which impairs the ability to negotiate vital Trade Deals, then perhaps it is time to step back and brush up on the true facts.