A BREXITEER has attacked “economic forecasts” like those issued by the George Osborne Treasury who claimed “the world would end” if voters chose Brexit.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a Tory MP for Berwick upon Tweed, said she was “bored” of negative Brexit statements and had every “confidence in British workers”.
She said: “I have got quite bored of the forecasting world over the last few years, the Treasury under George Osborne said the world was going to end if the British people voted for Brexit.
“It didn’t, thank goodness, and I wasn’t that surprised. I have great confidence in the economic growth potential of our amazing companies and our hard working citizens.
“Let’s be clear, we pay in something like £20billion a year and a lot of that comes back through the cap and various other things and the structural funds but there is a net contribution at the moment of over £11billion a year.
“Even if we spend all the extra money that comes back on everything else there is net free cash that we presently pay into the EU funds which don’t benefit the UK which we will no longer be doing.
It follows another heavy defeat for the Government in the Lords over giving MPs a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal.
Voting was 354 to 235, majority 119, for an amendment to the European Union Bill tabled by Tory former minister Viscount Hailsham.
It was worded along the lines of the agreement Tory former attorney general Dominic Grieve thought he had reached with the Government last week.
The vote kicks the controversial issue back to the Commons in a further round of parliamentary “ping pong”, with MPs expected to debate it on Wednesday.
Jacob Rees-Mogg said that the meaningful vote was being used to “obstruct Brexit” and “thwart the referendum result”.
The leading Tory Brexiteer accused the House of Lords of being “cavalier” and acting against its own long-term interests.
Taking questions after a speech on Brexit at the Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster he said the Government had given Dominic Grieve “everything he asked for”.
He continued: “But it has not given Lord Hailsham everything he asked for. Lord Hailsham wants a motion that will stop Brexit, Dominic Grieve has said quite clearly that he does not want to stop Brexit but he wants parliamentary accountability.
“An unamendable motion is parliamentary accountability. An amendable motion could be used to stop Brexit.
“So I think Dominic has already won, it is only Lord Hailsham who hasn’t won, and I think Lord Hailsham mustn’t be allowed to win.”
A Department for Exiting the European Union spokeswoman said: “We cannot accept this amendment.
“Agreeing to amendable motions would allow Parliament to direct Government on its approach to exiting the EU and so does not meet the reasonable tests set out by the Prime Minister and Brexit Secretary last week.
“However, we are pleased that the Lords have adopted the vast majority of the Government’s amendment tabled last week.
“We will seek to overturn the Lords’ decision when the Bill returns to the House of Commons on Wednesday.”
Mr Rees-Mogg cited Professor Patrick Minford, the head of the Economists for Free Trade group, while claiming the UK could receive a “post-Brexit dividend” of £135 billion five years after Brexit.
He added: “Where do these benefits come from? The economic benefits as you know, a great deal of work has been done by Patrick Minford and his team of economists on free trade.
“They have calculated a post-Brexit dividend of £135billion just between 2020 and 2025, with a further £40billion a year from then on.
“These benefits come from a mix of global free trade for Britain outside the Single Market and Customs Union, plus opening up the British economy to the beneficial effects of entrepreneurial financing.”