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Andrew Rosindell: PM freed UK from entanglement of EU

has also taunted Brussels by highlighted the bloc’s fundamental mistake in ignoring warnings by former UK Prime Minister more than 30 years ago. The Tory MP for Romford in Essex, mentioned the subject in the Commons yesterday – and later told Express.co.uk: “After almost 40 years of being shackled to the , today we can say with pride that Britain is back, as a sovereign, independent, and a truly global nation once again.

“I believe our United Kingdom has bright future ahead on the world stage, as we escape the grasping tentacles of the European continent’s ideological project, but Brexit is merely the first step, not the last, on this great national project to rebuild our position standing in the world and sovereign nation.”

In order to do so, he advocated rekindling relationships which he characterised as the “backbone of Global Britain”, namely the “wider British family of Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies”, together with friends in the Commonwealth as well as cultivating the UK’s special relationship with the United States.

He added: “We have spent over half a century being sucked into a political project which primarily exists to secure the interests of Germany and France, looking inward towards the continent rather than out towards the world.

“When Britain joined the Common Market, few expected that it would evolve in the way that it did, trying to expand its control into every aspect of our society and override our democratic political system.”

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Boris Johnson has been urged to make full use of the UK’s Commonwealth connections (Image: GETTY)

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Andrew Rosindell

Andrew Rosindell is the MP for Romford in Essex (Image: GETTY)

If only the European Union had listened to Margaret Thatcher

Andrew Rosindell

Referring to the woman many regard as the architect of modern euroscepticism, Mr Rosindell added: “If only the European Union had listened to Margaret Thatcher, when she warned them that the British people would not tolerate their ideological project of ever-closer union and political control, which they have imposed without the consent of the peoples and nations of Europe.”

Britain’s “proud history of independence, democracy” explained why 17.5million people had rejected the “failed political project” which was the European Union in favour of “taking back control of our laws, borders, seas and most importantly, our own destiny,” Mr Rosindell said.

As one of 28 so-called “Spartans”, Mr Rosindell refused on three occasions to vote for Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, believing it would leave the UK shackled to Brussels, instead holding out for a deal which he believes ensures Britain had truly broken free.

He added: “We have to seize that freedom and use it, to pivot outwards into the wider world and restore our relationships with friends and partners across the globe that have been neglected for too long while we have been trapped in the clutches of the European Union.

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Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher warned the EU well over 30 years ago (Image: GETTY)

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Boris Johnson is questioned in Parliament yesterday (Image: GETTY)

“The British people know that our nation has played a global role in the world throughout our incredible history as a sea-faring island nation. These world-wide connections were not a god-given right.”

The UK’s global outlook was a consequence of the hard work and initiative of British explorers, traders, merchants and missionaries over the course of several centuries.

Mr Rosindell said: “Thanks to them, no country in the world has more global links than Britain. However, this Parliament and our Government cannot sit back and rest on the achievements of our ancestors. We have to be just as bold today as the Britons of the past, going out into the world to strengthen those old friendships and forge new relationships.

“Where better to start than with our wider British family of Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies? I cannot think of a better representation of Global Britain than these territories.”

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Liz Truss

Liz Truss, the International Trade Secretary (Image: GETTY)

Falklands factfile

Falklands factfile (Image: Express)

All were “proud members” of the British family, even if they do not currently enjoy formal representation in Parliament, Mr Rosindell stressed.

He said: “I know that many of the issues which affected them specifically were left out of our main negotiations with Europe, and will now be decided through separate side agreements.

“A bilateral deal has already been reached between Spain and Gibraltar, which I am assured by my friends in Gibraltar retains its independence while minimising disruption on the frontier with Spain.

“I was also glad to see the Prime Minister reassure our friends in the Falklands in his Christmas Message that this Government will be doing everything it can to support the islands and their fisheries as we leave the EU.”

Boris Johnson Cabinet

Boris Johnson’s Cabinet (Image: Express)

Similar support must now also be extended to all of the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and in future, and Mr Johnson, Foreign Secretary Dominic Road and Liz Truss Secretary of State for International Trade, needed to remember they were also negotiating for them as well as the UK.

Mr Rosindell said: “The historic bonds between Britain and our Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies are not the only old ties that are in need of strengthening post-Brexit.

“The UK shares the same common history, culture, language, and Head of State in Her Majesty the Queen with the nations of Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“We have far more in common with the CANZUK nations than the countries of Europe, and our close-relations in intelligence and diplomacy mean that the CANZUK countries naturally form a group that can defend on the international stages the values that we all share, based on our shared heritage.”

Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary (Image: GETTY)

The UK already had trade relationships with Commonwealth countries worth over £100 billion a year, with Ms Truss working on further agreements alongside huge investments to promote inter-Commonwealth trade and break down non-tariff barriers, Mr Rosindell said.

He concluded: “The twin pillars of free trade and support for development through aid must be at the heart of Global Britain’s future policy towards the Commonwealth and beyond.

“Freedom is not enough on its own. The British people and their Government must be bold in using that freedom, to go out into the world and reclaim our global leadership on issues like free trade, enterprise and liberal democracy, spreading those values which make this country great.

“If we can do that, in partnership with our traditional friends and allies, then we will have truly made a success of Global Britain.”

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