Brexit’s on its way, time to think positively!

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A lot has happened since 8 June. It’s a testament to how quickly things can change in British politics. First, we saw an election result that left, well… no result. The following week we had a tragic tower block fire in London, which was swiftly turned into a political issue. And, of course, Jeremy Corbyn attended Glastonbury.

May retained the keys to Number 10, but at a cost of her majority

Firstly it would be appropriate to tackle the election, so far somewhat neglected by Berkeley Squares. It has left parliament in a state that will either continue until May 2020, or perhaps June 2022 if Theresa May or someone else wishes to take over for the full five-year term. While I was sad to see moderate conservatism had not won over the masses, the election result is a clear indicator that the public have called for change. What lies in wait for the confounded Conservative Party remains to be seen, particularity as Brexit talks progress. Their deal with the DUP has hardly improved public relations and May’s position as PM has been challenged as the Conservative Party looks ahead to being re-elected in five years’ time.

It’s doubtful that May will step down at this point. She needs to get through the Brexit process and prove she still deserves to keep the job. A change in leadership at this point would launch the country into greater political uncertainty and undermine any sense of stability – we would do better without that.

Regardless of Conservative Party headaches, I must address a more pressing political issue: Brexit! Over the past year, we have witnessed a growing presence in the media and public of a widespread opposition to the Leave decision made in June 2016. One thing that cannot be denied is that many people think that Brexit has numerous positives and could leave the UK better off. Very little time has gone into informing the public of these positives, leaving many Brexiteers isolated as they courageously defend themselves. Look no further than David Davis on BBC Question Time!

Japenese PM Shinzō Abe and Theresa May

One thing to take away from all of this is that the UK must treat Brexit with the utmost positivity. While we see multiple articles on the “doom and gloom” of Brexit’s implications, the positive aspects are often ignored. Theresa May and other ministers have been talking with leaders from around the world. This Monday it was Justin Trudeau, the other week it was Shinzō Abe. What Remain campaigners tend to unpatriotically forget is that the international community wants to invest in and import from the UK. With its exit from the EU, Britain has a fantastic opportunity to improve its trade relations with the rest of the world.

My key point is that an increased level of positivity from the public could massively improve certainty and faith in the post-Brexit UK from the international community. At last, we have the chance to look to emerging markets, looking forward to the new, ever closer international world as globalisation appears inevitable. Europe is an old marketplace we have been largely restricted too. After all, the world’s three largest economies – Japan, China and the USA – are not EU members, neither are the emerging economic powerhouses of Brazil and India. The key to a successful economy is expanding global exports, not restricting them. After all, Britain exports £92bn of goods to the rest of the world.

The UK has seen an increase of billions of pounds in exports since June 2016

Trade is not the only argument. Since joining the EU in 1973 the UK has been primarily under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Strasbourg. Time and time again, the ECJ has failed to compromise effectively on legislation, having to take in arguments from 28 different member states. The UK has predominantly suffered from its rulings; you can look back to the R (Factortame Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport Case of 1990. Yes, the legislative process to unbind this will be difficult over the next two years, but a huge weight will be lifted off the shoulders of the UK courts, as they can finally make rulings on British legislation, without the need for a European consensus. This will be much more beneficial to the UK population.

While we are currently gaining very hardworking migrants through control of immigration, we can turn our attention to investing more effectively in the bottom sections of the British workforce. We can explore how to improve home education and employment opportunities before looking to workers from overseas, extending training and employment opportunities. This will be extremely beneficial in helping to solve UK social issues, improving inequalities within the national employment and welfare systems. More people in work; more people in higher education; higher standards of living.

So, I urge anyone reading this article to go away and think of the positives Brexit will bring to the UK. We know it’s not going to be easy, but remember that there’s no harm in having  faith. It’s incredible what national confidence can do to reassure markets.