Kate Andrews appears on BBC News
On Heathrow expansion:
This debate has been going on for two decades and there still hasn’t been a decision on a third runway and this is very disappointing. We have a huge demand in this country for flights and if you limit supply with increasing demand, costs rise for consumers. Especially now with Brexit, when we are claiming to want to be open and global, you need to build these runways. We’re falling behind China and other major economies in terms of our airport capacity.
On Labour’s Brexit support of membership of the single market:
If we remain in the customs union or even a kind of customs union, you give up your ability to forge free trade deals around the world and that’s one of the biggest benefits of Brexit. This is Labour living in a fantasy world – there is no way that you can cherry pick what aspects of the single market you want to keep and which ones you want to throw away. This is a case of the Labour party promising whatever they want on Brexit because they know they’re not the ones who have to deliver it.
On policing in the UK:
Increases in gang violence and crime rates is not a direct result of police cuts – there’s much more to it than that. In this debate there’s no mention of drug reform, which could do a lot in reducing crime rates in London and the rest of the UK.
Watch the full programme here.
Further IEA Reading: The IEA Brexit Prize: A Blueprint for Britain – Openness not Isolation ; Brexit Prize: Final shortlisted entries