Conservative MP Sir Bill Cash has dismissed some of Remain voters' key concerns about Brexit, claiming that Britain will at long last be able to make its own laws again – and that there is unlikely to be a hard Northern Irish border.
"I had an important, useful meeting with most senior parliamentarians from Ireland and the balance of opinion very positive," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "They don’t want a hard border, we don’t want a hard border, nor does the EU. They had an upbeat view that we’d arrive at a settlement."
Cash added that: "I wasn’t that keen on the transition period, but it’s quite clear that business absolutely wanted and insisted on it, and business is part of our community.
"It’s realistic to accept there is now going to be a transition period, so let’s look at the realities. The best part is that we leave the EU after 30 odd years of campaigning.
"It means, in a nutshell, we’ve regained the right to make our own laws, and not have them made in the council of ministers, behind closed doors, without any voting records to speak of, and no transcript of decisions, of why they were made."