Shailesh Vara calls for confidence in the United Kingdom

20th December 2019
Speaking in the debate on the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Shailesh Vara calls for confidence in the United Kingdom and an end to scare-mongering over Brexit as the economic Armageddon threatened if the country voted to leave never materialised.

The right hon Gentleman will be aware that we were told before the referendum that if the country voted to leave, there would be economic Armageddon—rising unemployment, rising interest rates and so on. None of that actually materialised. Why does he persist in scare- mongering when those things did not materialise? It is about time he had confidence in the United Kingdom and saw that the cup is half full, rather than half empty. Look at the evidence!

We have looked at the evidence, and I have just set out the fact that investment is lower in Scotland. When the Brexit vote happened, the pound fell but inflation rose.

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