Britain is booming. British people and British businesses should be proud of what they have achieved in recent years, particularly in comparison to the slow and ponderous Eurozone.
While the UK has confronted and overcome the difficulties of the last decade the EU has shown that is too inflexible to successfully handle the challenges or make the most of the opportunities of the 21st century. The last few years have convinced me that Britain would be better able to trade with emerging markets, flourish and prosper outside the EU.
I have not dismissed the renegotiation out of hand. I have supported the Prime Minister’s efforts to secure a new deal from the EU, but it has become clear that despite the Greek crisis, the refugee crisis, border control chaos, and economic stagnation the EU still doesn't see the need for fundamental reform.
The case for a new relationship with European and global economies is overwhelming. The EU too often hinders Britain’s ability to trade across the globe and pursues discriminatory policies that hold back developing nations.
We need new relationships and the only way that will be possible is to Vote Leave.
James Cleverly is the Member of Parliament for Braintree and a GLA Conservative Assembly Member. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the CWF Parliamentary Board.