Opinion: Brexit means Brexit

Stephen Fear of Fear Group gives his thoughts on Brexit

BRITAIN was once a famous manufacturing nation, with the likes of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, and Rover, being coveted around the world.

Driving along Whiteladies Road in Bristol the other day I counted 100 cars of which 46 were German, 26 were French, 17 were Japanese or Korean, with only 11 British!

I was amazed because when I did the same thing along a road in Bordeaux recently nearly all were French or German with only two (Land Rovers) British.

Does this matter? Yes, I think it does! It proves, at least to some extent, how much better our European partners have been at selling cars to us, than we have to them! This is an important point for Prime Minister, Theresa May, to remember when she is negotiating terms for Brexit.

I totally accept that during the 70s, 80s and 90s cars made in Britain weren’t of the highest quality, but in recent years that just isn’t the case!

Range Rovers have improved beyond belief, believe me because I owned several early ones and they were never built as well as they are now!

The same goes for Jags. Jaguar’s new four wheel drive SUV is absolutely superb and might well win my business when my Mercedes GLS comes up for renewal, unless another British icon, the Bentley Bentayga, wins my business instead.

When I was a boy in the 1960s, British made goods were coveted around the world.

Thankfully, vast improvements in both attitudes and work practices in the United Kingdom over the last 20 or so years have caused brand Britain to re-establish itself once again and compete with the very best that Germany or Japan can offer, and at every level too.

It’s not just British cars that have improved, quality is becoming part of British manufacturing DNA once again and is evident in many other manufactured items, from machinery to clocks.

Manufacturing diligence is back, and with the pound losing value against other major currencies, export is high on the agenda. With a skilled and focused workforce Brexit may not prove to be the self-inflicted terminal wound many predicted.

Personally, I have always been pro-Europe and was stunned when the voting results came in! But that’s democracy for you! Brexit means Brexit according to our current Prime Minister, who actually voted to remain, so let’s get on with it and start buying British where possible.

I never voted for Tony Blair but always accepted that the majority of voters did, over three separate elections too, so fully supported his governments when they were in power, although I definitely didn’t agree with every decision and am glad that they aren’t in power any longer.

The electorate voted in the Conservatives in 2015, so I support them now, and if at the next election the voters elect Jeremy Corbyn as PM I will support him too!

I support the voice of the majority even if I don’t agree with it. It is the essence of living in the world’s oldest continuous democracy and fundamental to the unique sense of fairness our wonderful country portrays to the world.

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