Industrial Strategy Allows Control of regional Development – Andrew Lewer MBE MEP

Industrial Strategy Allows Control of regional Development – Andrew Lewer MBE MEP

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE has welcomed the Government’s new Industrial Strategy as a great opportunity to make better use of billions of pounds currently paid into EU structural funds. Responding to the green paper launch, Andrew said the Strategy would allow greater control of how the UK’s local economies were regenerated post-Brexit. The multi-billion Euro funds – aimed at boosting economic growth, development and cooperation between member states – account for around a third of EU spending. “Next to France and Germany, the UK is the third largest net contributor to these funds,” says Andrew who is the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group spokesman on Regional Development Funds. “Although we get some money back – the EU controls how we spend it. These are decisions which should be taken locally by people who know what is needed locally such as local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).” He went on: “Through this ambitious Industrial Strategy we have a chance to focus public investment on where it is most needed – such as new roads, helping businesses expand or creating new institutes of technology.” From 2007 to 2013, the UK contributed £29.5 billion to EU Structural and Cohesion Funds and received £8.7 billion ( 29%) back. “I am pleased the Government has recognised the need for “strong and accountable place-based governance” to steer the Industrial Strategy at a local level,” added Andrew. “In making the most of Brexit we should not replace Brussels centralisation and bureaucracy with the Whitehall variety,” he said. “I believe the Government gets that. “It is important local people – in many cases...
East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE Welcomes Clarity From PM’s Brexit Speech

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE Welcomes Clarity From PM’s Brexit Speech

East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE – a supporter of the Leave Campaign – is pleased that Prime Minister Teresa May has provided much-needed clarity in her speech today at Lancaster House setting out the Government’s 12 negotiating objectives. Welcoming her Brexit statement Andrew Lewer said: “The Prime Minister was unequivocal and set out a clear set of principles and objectives that give clarity for the next two years as the government sets about invoking Article 50 and the negotiations start. “I know people across the East Midlands will be pleased that Mrs May has listened to their views on the Single Market, tackling immigration and leaving the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice. “She made it clear today that there will be no half-in-half-out arrangement but that Brexit really does mean Brexit.” In setting out the Government’s objectives Mrs May said Britain would seek a ‘bold and ambitious’ trade agreement with the EU, as well as with the rest of the world, making Britain a global trading nation once again.  Mrs May pointed out that Britain is the fastest growing global economy and had bucked dire economic predictions since voting to leave the EU in June. Andrew added: “This is an ambitious set of objectives. My colleagues and I are here in Brussels and will work with the Government to do whatever it takes to help deliver them. “Finally, I am glad too that Britain will seek to retain its friendship with the European Union and hope that both the Member States and the European Commission will approach this in the same spirit of...