Sputnik: Today much of the UK media are reporting about the option of Britain using martial law to quell civil disorder that might ensue under a no-deal Brexit. Is this another example of project fear out in force?
David Kurten: Oh absolutely! Project fear is getting evermore ridiculous and they are simply trying to scare people with these kind of statement which simply are not going to happen.
This really is trying to scare people and it’s very distasteful to say the least. The people who are saying this, they don’t want Brexit, they don’t want a no deal scenario on WTO terms and they really need to stop this kind of rhetoric and just prepare for what the people of Britain voted for which is to come out of the European Union.
Sputnik: Despite factions in the Conservative and Labour parties, cabinet ministers have demanded that a no-deal Brexit remain an option for Britain, ahead of a showdown in House of Commons over the matter. Is this the right approach do you think?
No deal really is no problem. We’ve got all of these motions which are going to be laid in the House of Commons tomorrow, one to try and extend Article 50 up until the end of the year, some people are still trying to advocate for a second referendum; I mean really the people that are doing this want to stop Brexit, it’s obvious that’s what they want to do.
It’s quite incredible to most people who live outside of the M25, outside of the London bubble, that we are now having the same kind of arguments before the referendum in 2016. What I think everyone needs to do is prepare for WTO rules and we will walk into our freedom on 29th March this year.
David Kurten: Well the backstop was going to be a permanent arrangement at the end of the transition period and that would have meant permanent vassalage for the UK to the bureaucrats in Brussels.
Any backstop for even a day is too much. There shouldn’t be this backstop at all which puts a border down the Irish Sea and ties the whole of the UK into being a rule taker, from the European Commission and the European Court of Justice, and not a rule maker.
We also have to be very careful with a time limited backstop and the withdrawal agreement and the transition period itself, because even the transition period up to the end of 2020 will mean another 2 years of Britain being a rule taker and not a rule maker. We will be a vassal state for two years so I would say that we need to go out on WTO terms – the back stop is irrelevant.
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