For the first time in 40 years the United Kingdom is free from the shackles of the European Union. The result of the historic referendum sent shockwaves through the world and especially to U.K. Labour Leave Chair John Mills.
“It was a bit of a surprise for everybody and I think the big surprise was the extent to which working people, particularly in the north of England, moved over from being in favor of remain to being in favor of Brexit,” he told the FOX Business Network’s Connell McShane.
Mills pointed out anger over the cost of the EU, immigration, and high levels of unemployment drove the vote and would also impact the rest of the world.
“We had somewhat of a very special event which triggered off changes which are going to reverberate around and see quite a big alteration at the way the world runs, particularly Europe, over the next year or two,” he said.
He also discussed how he thinks the United Kingdom should fundamentally change.
“I think that there is a risk that what will happen is that the U.K. will go down the protectionist route which I don’t personally think is the right way to go. I think what we need to do is to face outwards. We need to trade with the European Union… we need to go out and trade with all the rest of the world as well. I think if we do that and bring tariffs down, maybe have our currency a little lower as well to compensate for that, then there is a very good chance we will have a higher rates of economic growth outside the European Union then we would if we had stayed in,” he said.