Brexit news: Tory activist explains how EU exit will let Britain rebuild global relations

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TORY ACTIVIST Shabnam Nasimi used her Newsnight appearance to explain how Brexit will help to shape Britain’s role in the world.

Ms Nasimi is a Times columnist and the Director of Conservative Friends of Afghanistan. She was speaking after Boris Johnson secured a majority to pass the second reading of his Brexit deal in the Commons. Ms Nasimi said: “One of the advantages that Great Britain has is that we’re leading in the 21st century when it comes to technology, other aspects of global areas and issues and I think outside of the EU we’ll be able to start focusing on which direction and what relationship we want to have with the rest of the world.”

 Mr Johnson’s majority means Britain will leave the European Union on January 31.

This will be 1318 days after 52 percent voted to leave on June 23 2016.

The Prime Minister also vowed not to have regulatory alignment with EU after the departure date.

The vote was won by 359 votes to 234 and Mr Johnson said it “paves the path for a new agreement on our future relationship with our European neighbours based on an ambitious free-trade agreement, with no alignment on EU rules, but instead control of our own laws and close and friendly relations”.

A senior diplomat from the EU has told the Telegraph: “The more Britain will diverge from common standards and regulations, the more time we will need to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal.

“Due to the 11-month time limit imposed by London, the risk of a cliff edge by the end of 2020 has risen considerably.”

However, a Government source hit back saying: “EU officials claimed that they wouldn’t reopen the Withdrawal Agreement, but they did as it was plainly in our shared interest.

“There is clearly political will on both sides that will ensure we can conclude an ambitious free trade agreement by the end of next year.”

 The result comes a week after Mr Johnson secured a majority Tory Government by winning 365 seats in the House of Commons.

The Labour Party won just 202 seats.

The Tories won many seats that formed Labour’s red wall of support in Northern England and the Midlands.

Notable examples include Bassetlaw, Bishop Auckland, Blyth Valley, Bolsover, Don Valley, Dudley North, Leigh, Sedgefield and Workington.

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Bolsover had been represented by Brexit backing Dennis Skinner since 1970, but he lost out to Mark Fletcher by just over 5,000 votes.

The swing towards the Tories was 11.5 percentage points.

Had Mr Skinner won, Ken Clarke’s decision to stand down would have made him Father of the House.

That title is now held by Tory Sir Peter Bottomley, who has represented Woolwich West, Eltham and Worthing West since first being elected in 1975.

Sir Peter held three junior minister roles during Maragaret Thatcher’s premiership.

Ms Nasimi, whose family fled the Taliban in Afghanistan back in 1999, also founded the Conservative Friends of Afghanistan.

 According to their website, they feature Foreign Affairs Select Committee Chair Tom Tugenhadt, former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and Transport Under-Secretary Nus Ghani as patrons.

The website says: “The Conservative Friends of Afghanistan pursues stronger ties between the Conservative Party, British Afghans and Afghanistan.

“The group will focus on reaching out to British Afghans to demonstrate our shared values, to improve the integration of Afghans into British society, to empower Afghan women and men to enter politics, to improve ties between British and Afghan governments and to strengthen the voice of Afghans in the UK.”

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