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Gordon Brown Will Go Down In History For Making Brexit Possible” – Brexiteer Commentator Jonathan Isaby

Without the addition of negotiating Britain's exit from the eurozone, the UK has yet had to engage in difficult talks with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for the past three years.

Brexiteer commentator Jonathan Isaby has claimed that Gordon Brown made sure that the UK did not have more links to the European Union by pushing back against Tony Blair’s plans for further integration.

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Mr Isaby said Gordon Brown will go down in history for pushing back against Prime Minister Tony Blair over his support for the UK joining the eurozone. Mr Brown, who served as Chancellor under Mr Blair before himself becoming Prime Minister, even suggested he had threatened to quit, thus preventing the UK from tying itself closer to the European Union.

Mr Isaby told Downtown in Business: “Thank God we never did join the euro and here I say it – probably that maybe the thing that Gordon Brown goes down in history for.

“His most important achievement was stopping Blair from getting us into the euro.

“We may not be in the euro but our exposure to potential problems, having to finance debt, I just felt we needed to extricate ourselves from it.”

With the UK already sharing deep links to European economies via the single market and the customs union, joining the eurozone would have potentially left the country facing additional complications during Brexit negotiations with Brussels.

Mr Brown admitted after stepping down in 2010 that he had been “virtually alone” in opposing the euro when Labour first came to power in 1997.

The former Prime Minister insisted the party engaged in lengthy discussions on the adoption of the euro, a further step towards European integration, and ultimately decided to maintain the sterling pound.

“When I first expressed my doubts about Britain’s entry, I stood virtually alone in the Cabinet. Indeed, I was ready to resign as Chancellor if I was unable to persuade my colleagues of the grave risks of taking us immediately into euro membership.

“But having considered all the arguments, we concluded unanimously that although the euro was right in principle, it could not work for Britain at that time,” Mr Brown said.

Without the addition of negotiating Britain’s exit from the eurozone, the UK has yet had to engage in difficult talks with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for the past three years.

The sixth round of Brexit talks kicked off on Wednesday after an earlier series of meetings proved to be inconclusive.

Brussels has maintained the UK must agree to a level playing field to avoid unfair competition once Britain is an independent nation.

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Meanwhile, the British Government has insisted it will not accept undue access to British waters after years of coastal communities clamouring for more limited access to EU vessels.

Not minding concern that there may be no deal, Ireland’s deputy prime minister Leo Varadkar suggested an agreement is likely to be struck at the last minute.

“I think there will be a deal, but I think the deal will come late in the day. Maybe as late as October, November or December. And that’s why once again we have to prepare for the risk of a no-trade-agreement Brexit,” Mr Varadkar said while adding that he’s hopeful the final deal would be “manageable rather than detrimental” for the Irish economy.

Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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