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Treasury must find up to £1bn for Brexit support

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 22:50
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Allister Heath in the Telegraph is half-right this morning. He calls for Mrs May to set up a Cabinet unit of the best civil servants to promote Brexit – “Prior to the referendum, David Cameron had 50 of the best civil servants camped out in the Cabinet Office, waging war against Brexit ..” and then blows it. If 50 of the best civil sevants are anti-Brexit, as the vast majority of senior civil servants are, what chance has May to recruit real pro-Brexit talent? 

In fact this vacuum that has allowed the remainian counter-revolution the space to manoeuvre has, I suspect, been caused by a remainian civil service doing nothing. If we rely on civil servants, as Heath suggests, we are doomed. They cannot, at this time, be trusted. 

Don’t forget that the up-front £9m of Cameron’s leaflets was just the tip of the iceberg, and the vast majority of costs deployed by Cameron in the campaign, like the cost of those 50 top civil servants, will never get anywhere near an Electoral Commission cost return. I’ll bet he spent not much short of £100m trying to keep us in – bribes, peerages, corrupt chiselling Cameronian promises to his chums and all the rest. 

Well, Theresa May faces no Electoral Commission restrictions on what she now spends to secure Brexit. And given the mouthwatering scale of the sums involved – £40bn to come back to us from the EIB, £20bn in legacy costs to the EU, ongoing revenue costs of £10bn a year, and £50bn a year of GDP to be won or lost – now is not the time to pennypinch. 

The Treasury must find £1bn over the next four or five years to fund our pro-Brexit moves. It can start with £10m for leaflets to every household in Britain explaining that we are leaving, there’s no going back, and setting out the ways in which the British people can support their nation. We must set a munificent fee budget to secure London’s finest and most competent lawyers, business negotiators and trade talent. We must have not 50 civil servants but 500 of the best and brightest commercial professionals in the country on retainer. 

And the message must be transmitted at every opportunity via the media – TV, radio, press adverts – that Brexit is irrevocable for 20 years at least, will not be reversed and Britons must get behind it. Only this will counter the pernicious and baleful agitprop coming from the BBC at every turn. 

Yes, we ARE at war. We must tell our people so.


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