A list of “opportunities” awaiting Britons once they leave the EU, shared by the chair of the Brexit Party, has been ridiculed on social media.
Richard Tice, a former Brexit Party MEP and now its chairman, said the country had “loads of opportunities” in store once it left the trading bloc.
Appearing on LBC radio, he said: “The price of lamb may go down. We export a lot of lamb to the EU so our exports may reduce but actually our British consumers can eat a lot more British lamb.
“Instead of eating cod and tuna, we can eat more salmon, mackerel, mussels and pollock. We can have more holidays here in the UK and support our British travel industry.
“We can buy more goods made in British fashion. There’s a whole range of things!”
He went on to suggest trade deal with Canada and Japan would lead to “a load of opportunities”.
“There’s a real sense of, ‘Ok, folks, let’s get our shoulder behind the wheel and make this a massive success’.”
Touching on the topic of tariffs, Tice said: “Furthermore, if we charge tariffs on EU goods, baring in mind they sell almost £100 billion more to us then we do to them then we are in a huge tariff surplus that we can use to support our British farmers, manufacturers and other industries that are impacted in the short-term.”
Taking to Twitter, Derek Moore wrote: “Canada style deal includes tariffs. The CETA was negotiated over many years. How can you negotiate a Canada style deal in 5 months as originally cited?
“Plus in any Canada style deal export of food would still be restricted by quotas and phytosanitary controls. Also, this kind of FTA would create whole new set of costs, paperwork and border checks for companies wishing to trade under such an agreement i.e not ‘frictionless’ trade.”
Glyn Washington posted: “Is this the best he can do? We can do all that now. What about the things we can’t? Also, he obviously doesn’t know how tariffs work.”
Is this the best he can do? We can do all that now. What about the things we can’t? Also, he obviously doesn’t know how tariffs work.
— Glyn Washington (@GlynWashington1) December 13, 2020
A Tate added: “Um, we can do all of these things now. Consumer just prefers not to.”
Otto English quipped: “More Pollocks and Mackerel and summer holidays on the North Sea. Finally @TiceRichard has nailed those Brexit benefits.”
— Otto English (@Otto_English) December 13, 2020
John Woolcott said: “These ‘loads of opportunities’ literally boil down to ‘we can restrict our own consumer choices and pay higher prices if we want anything from the EU’. Tarrifs, if applied, are paid by the consumer.”
Adam Spence added: “The only thing holding us back right now is the availability of nicer tastier products. Once they’ve all been taken away there’s no longer anything stopping us from eating all the stuff we don’t like.”
Tice’s comment came as the Daily Mail suggested ten “ways” Britons could make a no-deal Brexit a success.
The paper suggested people purchase British-made products such as a Jaguar, a second home in the UK, or a more powerful vacuum cleaner.