Andrew Neill calls on Boris Johnson to push Brexit forward

by Jonathan Adams
Boris Johnson

The journalist listed how Brexit had made Britain look like a continental state by raising taxes

Former BBC political presenter Andrew Neill appeared to accuse Boris Johnson of failing to take full advantage of the UK’s departure from the Brussels bloc. Mr Neal, who resigned as the lead presenter and chairman of GB News in September, highlighted an ‘invisible’ and ‘complicated’ way for the prime minister to approach the UK ‘Brexit promises’.

Writing in the Daily Mail, the journalist listed how Brexit had made Britain look like a continental state by raising taxes.

It doesn’t get more European than that, he said.

But Neil then highlighted how being freed from Brussels has helped the UK approve and buy COVID-19 vaccines outside of the EU’s ‘lax regulatory processes’, leaving Swiss stocks on the London stock market. Creating a point-based immigration system, Freeport, eliminating VAT on women’s sanitary products and even reforming the alcohol duty.

However, the veteran journalist, who once said on Twitter that his wife doesn’t even know how or whether she voted in the 2016 referendum, said how Britain can ‘transform’ after Brexit through regulatory reform.

We can start by eliminating the EU’s tough GDPR rules on digital privacy, said Spectator’s president.

Mr Neil added: If we have fewer, better regulations covering cutting-edge technologies such as gene therapy, cyber security, digital investments, artificial intelligence, robotics and medical advances – areas in which we are already ahead of the EU – then chances are a real Brexit dividend becomes possible.

In an attack on Mr Johnson’s government, he concluded: If we fail, it will be because the current Johnson government, despite being full of those leading the Brexit charge from top to bottom, is inexplicably misdirected in 2021.

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