Employment minister argues Brexit case to hospitality sector:
Employment minister Priti Patel has argued the case to hospitality companies for leaving the European Union.
Speaking at the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) spring conference in London today (Thursday, 28 April), Patel argued the economic benefits of “standing tall as a free, independent and sovereign country”.
She said: “The UK has not managed to block a single proposal from becoming law through the EU Council, costing this country £2.4bn each year.
Not only does this undermine our democracy as we are unable to hold European decision-makers to account, it has devastating consequences for our economy. In 2005, the Treasury estimated the costs of the ‘single market’ could be over £125bn per year, the equivalent of 7% of GDP, £4,639 per household, or £23,236 per company.
Other research shows that while every single business is bound to the EU’s ever-increasing rulebook, the percentage of businesses exporting to the EU are 6% and 12.5% of the British economy exports to the EU. By getting rid of some of the EU rules that make it so difficult to create employment, we could deliver a £4.3bn boost to our economy and 60,000 new jobs. Cutting EU red tape on business – starting with small and medium-sized businesses business – will be a valuable boost to productivity, growth and job creation.
History also tells us that the prosperity of our businesses cannot be left in the hands of the EU. Last year, they turned their fire on small-scale cider producers demanding the removal of tax exemptions. Your business and interests could be next.
Voting to leave the EU will also give us back control over our borders and our immigration policy.
This does not mean we will close our borders – I know how important migrant labour is for your businesses and the hospitality, leisure and retail sector – but it means we can put in place robust controls that enable us to bring in the brightest and the best from around the world and recruit to fill shortages in the labour market.
Our choice on 23 June is a clear one. We can choose to remain in an unaccountable, unreformed EU that damages British business, takes our money, and puts our future prosperity at risk.
Or we can vote for a positive and secure future as a free, independent and sovereign country, where we can spend our own money on our own priorities, make our own laws, take an axe to EU red tape to free enterprise, and make the most of the potential and talent that our great country has to offer.”