Bring on Boris, Brexit and Freedom



If Brexit is about one thing, then Brexit is about Freedom. Freedom to make our own laws, to set our own tax levels, to negotiate our own trade deals. This will be of enormous benefit to our country.

Free marketeers should be feeling particularly upbeat. It has been a difficult three years; three years in which too much time has been wasted and too many opportunities have been thrown away. But things are about to change.

Next week, if the polls are to be believed, Boris Johnson will become our new Prime Minister. Things will be very different. Gone with grey clouds and glasses-half-empty, in with sun and optimism. Gone with dancing to Michel Barnier’s tune, in with playing our own.

As I write, the Remain establishment are working themselves into a frenzy over the thought of our new man. They are inflating Project Fear to cartoonish proportions. Beth Rigby has even suggested, seemingly in all seriousness, that the citizens of a post-Brexit UK will be unable to cater their Christmas meals. As with all Remainer predictions, I’m betting this will be another Turkey.

Maybe there will be flood, famine, pestilence and plague. Maybe the planes will fall from the sky and maybe the Zombie Apocalypse will befall us. If it doesn’t, and we’re all still alive on November 1st (as anybody sensible confidently expects), a lot of febrile commentators – and their hysterical army of quinoa-belt cyberwarriors – are going to look very stupid.

Boris understands the opportunities of leaving. Not just a chance to “knock Jeremy Corbyn for six” in the next election, as welcome as that will be. Not just the chance to rebuild trust and reinvigorate The Conservative Party – as essential as that is.

Once we’ve left, we will have the freedom to do as we wish. We know that, if we create the right conditions, we will attract the best and brightest talent from around the world. We must not be squeamish about encouraging business and entrepreneurship, whilst still, of course, protecting those who are, through no fault of their own, unable to work.

There will be other important issues to deal with. It’s time to push back against the rampant identity politics which is causing so much damage. In particular, we need to deal with the BBC and the University Sector. It’s time to take a proper look at social care. None of this can be addressed, however, until we’ve taken the first key step, and delivered on the 2016 referendum.

A UK unshackled from the EU and tilted towards freedom will be in the best position to build a vibrant, just and modern society. For Conservatives who believe in free markets, free trade and free people, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Bring on Boris. Bring on Brexit. Bring on freedom.

Rebecca Ryan is the Director of Stand Up 4 Brexit and Free Market Conservatives. Follow her on twitter: @beccyryan