Richard Tice: Coronavirus highlights importance of Brexit

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice has said leaving the EU will make it easier for the UK to make economic decisions in the coronavirus recovery.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, he said: “What this tragic pandemic has shown is the importance of being an independent self-governing nation so you can make rapid decisions to suit your nation’s need.

“We’re going to need to make some very big rapid economic decisions that we couldn't do if we were members of the EU because of state aid rules.”

It comes as negotiators from Britain and Brussels prepare for a third round of trade talks, after two spates of little progress.

Mr Tice, a former MEP, said he believed the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost was doing an “excellent job”.

Earlier this week Mr Frost wrote to his EU counterpart Michel Barnier criticising the bloc’s approach to discussions so far.

However, in his reply Mr Barnier condemned the “tone” of the letter.

He said he did not think "an exchange of letters regarding the substance of the negotiations is necessarily the best way to discuss on substantial points”.

Both sides will take stock of progress in June, which is the deadline to ask for an extension to the current transition period beyond 2020.

But Mr Tice told Julia he did not think Conservative MPs would agree to such an extension.

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