Helena Morrissey, one of the leading business voices in favour of leaving the European Union has reiterated her claim that businesses will be fine after Brexit.
Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, the campaigner claimed that Britons were right to question their position in the European bloc.
She said: “We know that we can’t be complacent about the future but the reason why I felt that Britain should question its relationship with the EU is we need to look at the ingredients of success in the future.
“Dynamism, flexibility, entrepreneurship, for me, the EU sadly constructed, does not fill that criteria.
Helena Morrissey argued that Briton's should be optimistic about the future
“We are leaving the EU but there is a big rest of the world out there. We are obviously not leaving Europe.”
Ms Morrissey said during the Vote Leave campaign that Britain would be best using an “off the shelf model” when first cutting ties with the EU.
The Brexiteer has now argued the Britain was always going to crave out its own deal with the EU and would not have been able to use an arrangement like Norway or Switzerland.
She added: “I felt it was a fair challenge from the Remain side that Leave was not proposing, ‘what we would do’ [if we voted to Leave].
We are leaving the EU but there is a big rest of the world out there
“It seemed to me that there was a logical step that we could make, I never thought that the Norway model would be the ultimate British model.
“We will need our own arrangements, our own deal, we are a very distinct economy, but I felt if there was major uncertainty of what to do then that would be the first step that we could take.”
Ms Morrissey added that Britain would not suffer if a deal was not reached with the EU following two years worth of negotiations.
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She said: “I think there are two options that we can look at. We do have, and the Government has said, if there’s a no deal then we will fall back on World Trade Organisation trading rules.
“They are pretty helpful to us really, we were a founding member of the World Trade Organisation and equal treatment, no one could sort of gang up on us, so that would be fine.
“But we also would love it to work well.
“I think it’s very important that those uncertainties are dealt with, the reality is life is full of uncertainties, and now we are having to confront the great unknown.”