Election 2019: Darren Grimes sings ‘Brexit’s Coming Home’
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Darren Grimes, 28, took to social media to champion the UK’s departure from the European Union, one year after Boris Johnson, 57, unveiled Britain’s historic post-Brexit deal with the Brussels bloc. Mr Grimes, who has joined GB News as the host of its new show Real Britain which will air in January, campaigned for the UK to sever ties with the EU in 2016 after he founded the “youth-focused pro-Brexit campaign” BeLeave.
He wrote on Twitter: “It’s been a year since the Brexit deal was agreed… Has anyone starved to death? No. Have we run out of any medicines? No. Has there been chaos and armageddon at ports? No. Did it lead to a flight of jobs to Paris and elsewhere? No. Have we been unable to strike trade deals? No.”
Mr Johnson’s zero-tariff and zero-quota trade deal with the European Union took the UK outside of the customs union, single market and removed Great Britain from the European Court of Justice.
Mr Johnson’s deal passed through the Commons, with support from the Brexit-backing European Research Group by 521 votes to just 73.
Ex-Welsh Secretary John Redwood, 70, and disgraced former MP for North Shropshire Owen Paterson, 65, were among the abstentions.
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Writing about the deal after it was revealed, the ex-Chief Executive of Vote Leave Matthew Elliott, 50, said: “We will not be under the gravitational pull of the EU, we will not be bound by EU rules, the ECJ will play no role in our legal affairs and we will have taken back control of our laws, borders, money, trade and fisheries.”
In the following year, the UK has negotiated further free trade agreements around the world, including more than 60 rollover agreements.
Earlier this month, London agreed to an accord with Canberra, which is estimated to unlock £10.4billion in additional trade.
But Brexit Britain has also signed bespoke deals with New Zealand, Japan and even Singapore.
However, the Office for National Statistics has revealed EU imports to the UK have taken a hit since the end of the transition period.
The seasonally-adjusted data found imports in goods from the Brussels bloc stood at £22billion when Boris Johnson entered office in July 2019.
The number slumped to £16billion in January 2021.
They have since recovered slightly to £19.3billion in September.
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While Mr Grimes pointed out how the UK is still supplied with medicine, Ulster has experienced issues under Mr Johnson’s Northern Ireland Protocol, which means goods from the UK are subject to checks and controls to ensure they comply with standards set in Brussels.
On a fear there could be a Brexodus of jobs going to Europe, Anglo-Dutch company Shell joined Unilever in unveiling plans to move from the Netherlands to the UK.
But Ernst & Young (EY) have warned more firms could relocate to the continent once coronavirus travel restrictions are eventually lifted.
EY’s Omar Ali said: “Depending on the trajectory of the Omicron variant and its impact on international travel in the short term, delayed moves should pick up over the coming year, not least due to ongoing pressure from EU regulators.”
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