Grow for Britain! Brexiteer highlights perfect way to outmanoeuvre EU on trade

John Redwood accuses BBC of wanting Calais trade to 'go wrong'

The Conservative MP took to Twitter to hail the post-Brexit opportunities for businesses. Mr Redwood said: “There are big opportunities for U.K. business in import substitution.

“Let’s cut the food miles by growing more at home.

“We need to increase the amount of UK value added in manufactures by making more components here, simplifying supply chains and creating more jobs.”

Mr Redwood also posted on his website outlining the benefits of Brexit, listing areas where the UK is able to take back control.

He highlighted how the “tampon tax” – removing VAT on sanitary products – had already been scrapped, which was not possible under EU rules.

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Mr Redwood added: “I want to see the back of the taxes on green products from boiler controls to insulation, from heat pumps to draught excluder.”

On farming, the Brexiteer said: “We can now offer grants and loans to promote more British food to high standards. Cutting the food miles.

“We need to win back lost market share in everything from pig meat to flowers and from salad crops to dairy.

“We can now ban live exports of animals and raise our welfare standards by so doing.”

Mr Redwood highlighted joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership and striking a trade deal with the US as benefits of the UK being in charge of its own trade policy.

On fishing, he celebrated the ban on pulse fishing and called for a “big move” to boost Britain’s fishing fleet for the end of the five-and-a-half year transition period.

Mr Redwood continued: “We can take back control of our industrial grants and subsidy regimes.

“All too often in the EU they used grants and subsidies to divert investment away from the UK or even to achieve closure of a UK factory to be replaced by a facility elsewhere.

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“Now we can spend our money wisely on helping rebuild lost manufacturing.

“We can take back control of our Freeport and Enterprise Zone policy, creating many more around the UK as part of the levelling up drive without falling foul of EU rules.

“We can as a nation resume our rightful place on world bodies, with our own vote and voice to be a force for the good, for peace, prosperity and democracy.”

The UK and the EU struck a post-Brexit deal on Christmas Eve after months of negotiations.

In a Downing Street press conference on December 24, Mr Johnson said the UK had managed to “take back control” as promised in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

The Prime Minister said: “We have taken back control of our laws and our destiny. We have taken back control of every jot and tittle of our regulation in a way that is complete and unfettered.

“From January 1 we are outside the customs union and outside the single market.

“British laws will be made solely by the British Parliament interpreted by British judges sitting in UK courts and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice will come to an end.”

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