Brexit: Claire Fox says UK can 'survive and thrive'
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Claire Fox has mocked Remainers in the House of Lords by wishing Peers a “happy Brexit Day” on the five-year anniversary of the referendum result. The former Brexit Party MEP made a point of marking the occasion as she addressed the House on Wednesday and told Peers the referendum result held “many happy memories” for her. The Peer went on to suggest her colleagues in the Chamber might share her sentiments but this was met with a muted response.
Rising to address Peers Baroness Fox said: “Firstly can I wish my Lords happy Brexit Day.
“I am sure like me you all have happy memories of this time five years ago.
The remarks were met with an icy silence bar one lone “here, here.”
“There are a couple in,” remarked Fox dryly.
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It comes as former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage called on Twitter for June 23 to be made a national holiday.
Mr Farage wrote: “5 years ago today the British people rejected the establishment and voted for independence.
“It should become a national holiday, our Independence Day.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was leading campaigner for Brexit in 2016 also looked back and praised the result.
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The Prime Minister said the vote to leave and been a decision by the British people to “take back control of our destiny”.
He said: “This Government got Brexit done and we’ve already reclaimed our money, laws, borders and waters.
“Now as we recover from this pandemic, we will seize the true potential of our regained sovereignty to unite and level up our whole United Kingdom.”
“With control over our regulations and subsidies, and with freeports driving new investment, we will spur innovation, jobs and renewal across every part of our country.”
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He added: “The decision to leave the EU may now be part of our history.
“But our clear mission is to utilise the freedoms it brings to shape a better future for our people.”
Five years ago Britons voted to leave the EU by 52 percent to 48 percent.
Britain officially left the EU in January 2020, following a number of delays caused by parliament.
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