Valued at 1.9 billion pounds for Serco and 1 billion pounds for Mears, the 10-year contracts were awarded by Britain’s Home Office Visas and Immigration department under the Asylum Accommodation and Support Services Contract (AASC).
However, Britain would have nothing to fear from a No Deal arrangement with the EU, contrary to what left-wing Remainer MPs complain of; they only ever refer to tariffs imposed on us, never to the tariffs which we would be free to impose. We would gain more than we paid in tariffs because we import more from the EU than we export to them.
Why was it 25 years since any of my predecessors had been to Argentina or Chile? It was because our entire global strategy has been focused on the EU. And while that may have been sensible in the 1970s, when we first joined the common market, it makes less sense in the globalised economy of today, when 95 per cent of the world’s growth is going to be outside the EU.
Hilary Benn, the Labour MP who strongly backed Remain has warned Brexiteers that he now holds the power to dictate the conditions on which Britain will leave the EU.
Mr Benn, who leads the Parliament’s Brexit Committee, told Sky News that the single market will be a priority amid fears that desperate Remain MPs will water down the terms of Brexit.
Following this week’s controversial High Court Brexit ruling, Parliament now holds the power to activate Article 50 – the formal start of Brexit negotiations.