ME and our MEP Mr Paul Nuttall are never likely to agree on Brexit, but one point in particular needs taking up following his letter.

He states that one of the main reasons 52 per cent of us voted to leave was to make our own trade deals with whichever country we want. He forgets to mention how difficult this is proving to be.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the country that by the time the UK left the EU on March 29 he would have negotiated over 40 trade deals to replace the ones we will lose. How many has he actually achieved? Nine, and none with a major trading partner.

And how is he getting on with Donald Trump? Don’t ask. You don’t believe the economy will go down the drain?

The Dutch prime minister recently confirmed that 46 UK businesses have already relocated to Holland, with another 250 companies in the process of doing so.

One of these organisations I know something about. It is the European Medicines Agency responsible for evaluating and approving new medicines in Europe.The EMA cannot legally be sited outside the EU. It was in London and it’s now in Amsterdam – that’s 900 highly skilled jobs and a centre of excellence and influence that the UK has lost.

Mr Nuttall may also have noticed that three major foreign-owned car manufacturers have recently announced plans either to stop production in the UK or to shift the manufacture of new models elsewhere.

Brexit played a significant part in most of these decisions.

And of course that well-known Brexiteer, Sir James Dyson, has shown his confidence in a post- Brexit Britain by moving not only the manufacture of his electric car, but also his company HQ to Singapore.

You couldn’t make it up.

Geoff Holman

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