Spring Statement proves Project Fear wrong again

Contrary to the absurd Remainer scaremongering in 2016 about all the bad things that would happen if Brits didn’t fall into line and vote to stay in the European Union, the UK’s economy has performed strongly.

The economic ‘experts’ and vast majority of MPs called it completely wrong and continue to do so. What planet was then-Chancellor George Osborne living on exactly?

In the Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond pointed out that since 2010 there are more than 3.5 million more people in working, with the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasting a further increase of 600,000 by 2023.

On top of that, the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 1975. The OBR forecast is that will remain near historic lows for the next five years.

And since 2010, the UK economy has grown faster than the likes of France, Italy and Japan.

There will be an extra £100m of funding over the next year ring-fenced to deal with the knife crime epidemic that has swept the country.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid welcomed the news, saying: “It’s vital police have the resources they need to crack-down on the rising levels of knife crime.

“I’ve listened & we will be giving £100 million extra to forces, targeting the hardest hit areas. I’ll continue to give police the support they need.”

The government will also be funding free sanitary products in English secondary schools and colleges from next year and there will be a £3bn Affordable Homes Guarantee scheme aimed at helping deliver 30,000 new affordable homes.

Of course arch-Remainer Hammond couldn’t resist knocking the prospect of No Deal Brexit and clearly wants a watered down EU exit that fails to deliver the kind of clean break that millions of Brexiteers want to see.

The doom-sayers were wrong to talk the UK down in 2016 and they’re wrong to do it now. The UK can thrive as a fully independent nation running its own affairs, cutting its own trade tariffs and trading with the world on WTO terms.