Trading on international rules after March 29 instead of signing off the divorce deal on offer from Brussels would put an end to the uncertainty blighting the country and stop £39 billion being needlessly given away, the alliance said. In an open letter to the Prime Minister and every MP, cross-party campaigns including Leave Means Leave, Labour Leave and Economists for Free Trade, said the withdrawal agreement on offer was a “shoddy political compromise”. They insisted leaving on world trade rules would allow the UK to take back control of laws, borders and trade.
“Britain will receive a vast and immediate Brexit dividend, starting with the unnecessary £39 billion ‘divorce’ payment and the saving of further annual contributions,” the letter states.
“This dividend will improve family living standards through growth in GDP, lower food and clothing prices, the benefits of deregulation and new export markets in the rapidly growing economies outside the EU.
“It will also fund investment in our defence forces, NHS, education and police, and in our industrial policy,” they wrote.
“The withdrawal agreement would represent the worst of all possible worlds, a shoddy political compromise, solving nothing but making many one-sided and harmful concessions, and prolonging uncertainty, with its contingent depressing economic and political effect, by leaving most key issues still to be resolved including exiting the single market.”
Labour and Tory Remainers used parliamentary procedures yesterday to try to thwart a no-deal Brexit.
But the alliance of Leave groups dismissed attempts to scare the public about the impact of quitting on world trade rules.
Tom Bohills, a founder of the Alliance of British Entrepreneurs, which is backed by more than 400 businesses said many firms were positive about the opportunities leaving without a deal would create.
The city lawyer said: “We are much better prepared than the government is letting on for a no-deal.
“There will be bumps but they will be limited and time-limited.”
The alliance includes groups representing farmers and the fishing industry as well as Leavers in Scotland and Green campaigners.
The group insisted Britain would not chose to join the EU now if it was outside the bloc.
“Neither the Remain referendum campaign nor its successors have succeeded in making any positive case for staying in the EU, basing their arguments on ill- founded and unsuccessful attempts to show how expensive and difficult the process of Brexit would be, efforts which have been and will continue to be disproved by the facts,” the letter adds.
“The Irish border issue has been exposed as a largely political fabrication, with all sides willing to streamline the border, with appropriate technology where necessary.”