Syed Kamall: Brexit will allow Britain to define what it stands for

30-Sep-2018 @ 15:00

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Syed Kamall: Brexit will allow Britain to define what it stands for

Brexit is an opportunity for Britain to define what it stands for, the UK's most senior MEP told the Conservative Party conference today.

Syed Kamall, who co-chairs the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, said it was an exciting moment in the nation's history.

He said: "We are for free trade, we are for liberalising markets, we are for individual freedom.

"We are for a relationship with the European Union defined no longer by simply transposing EU rules, instead working together where it is in our mutual interest.

"In the 1970s we joined a European Economic Community sold by the political classes as mostly a trading relationship. Forty years later we leave a European project committed to political union.

"I believe that we will be better off as good neighbours rather than uncommitted tenants.

"I believe that we have always seen a world beyond the EU.

"And I believe that we will emerge from Brexit with a deal that our nation will make a success of. With a more honest relationship with the EU. With a determination to build a truly Global Britain."

Mr Kamall stressed that Brexit was not just a defining moment for Britain, but also for the EU, pointing out that across Europe people were saying "enough is enough" and turning to non-mainstream parties.

He said: "Our ECR group constantly warns EU leaders that the best way to regain the confidence of the people is to listen to voters anxieties, have honest discussions and then address their concerns."

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