Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling slams the EU: 'It slows us down, it holds us back'

Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling slams the EU: 'It slows us down, it holds us back'

Chris Grayling

Friday, April 1, 2016

Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons, insists it's time for Britain to leave the European Union.

The Brexit debate is the hot poiltical potato right now, with campaigners from both sides keen to get their point across.

But Grayling has no doubts what he believes is the right course of action.

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer, he insisted: "The problem with the EU is that it’s big, it’s bureaucratic, it slows us down, it holds us back."

He also tackled a number of topics that have arisen over the past few days.

On the Premier League 'crisis': "I have to say that is very far-fetched [reports that 57 players would have to be sent back to their home countries because they are not up to international standards]. If we’re an independent country, it is up to us who plays football and who doesn’t play football. They [the players in question] don’t all have to leave. The whole point about Britain being outside the European Union is that it gives us the freedom to act as an independent country. We can take steps to encourage young English footballers, but at the same time we can also recognise that we want the Premier League to attract the top talent from around the world.”

On scaremongering from the 'Stay' campaign: "Those who seek to argue more and more strange cases about why we will lose out if we leave are failing to do what they ought to be doing, which is put forward a positive case for staying. What people are saying to me is they want facts. Well, here’s a fact. We’ve heard over the last few days how it took the European Union seven years to agree a trade deal with Canada. I think that says more about the European Union than it does about Canada, because if you look at Switzerland, small independent Switzerland, it has managed to negotiate freetrade agreements that will help businesses create jobs with three times as many markets around the world. That says what you can do as an independent country."

On the issue of cheap airlines disappearing: "Low-cost air travel comes from innovation from airlines in the United States, who worked out how to run an airline cheaper. There are airlines all around the world now offering cheap flights to tourists from countries all around the world. Of course that’s not going to change if we’re inside or outside the European Union."

On whether or not the 'Leave' campaigns will merge: “I’m not sure they’ll merge, but everyone will work closely together. I think it’s been noticeable in the last few weeks, as we‘ve kind of got to the point of the 'campaign proper' starting, the Prime Minister’s agreement in Brussels and then everybody getting going with the campaigning, that the rivalry between the different camps has disappeared. Everybody’s now concentrating on doing what we want to do, which is make a case for leaving the European Union. Whoever wins the designation needs to weld that team together.“