Brexit LIVE: ‘Real threat’ EU mask slips as bitter plot to punish Britain backfires | Politics | News

Brexit LIVE: ‘Real threat’ EU mask slips as bitter plot to punish Britain backfires | Politics | News

Remainer George Osborne has predicted that the UK will be back in the European Union in 20 years’ time.

The former Conservative Chancellor claimed Brexit has “caused a lot of damage to Britain’s economy”.

Speaking to LBC, Mr Osborne said: “Politics can’t defy reality… it’s not unimaginable in 20 years time, to have a set of economic arrangements with the EU which aren’t too distant from the economic arrangements we had when we were in the EU.

“In many ways, the people I respect most are the Brexiteers who say there’s an economic cost to Brexit, but there are other benefits, such as parliamentary control, and sovereignty over our borders.

“What was nonsense and remains nonsense are the people who say Brexit was a great economic move to benefit the British economy, or a great act of free trade.

“It was the biggest act of protectionism in British history, and that is only now really, now it’s fully implemented, becoming clear, and that’s why free trade with Europe has got to be a priority for whoever the government in the next few years.”

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