A Derbyshire business leader has launched a Back Out of Brexit campaign and has vowed to ‘fight the battle until the bitter end’.
Mark Lord, managing director of Bolsover-based industrial lubricants specialist, Aztec Oils, has openly spoken out about how thinks Britain’s forthcoming split from the European Union will be ‘bad for business’.
He said: “The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March next year, yet everything I’ve heard and read indicates Brexit is going to lead to total disaster for businesses up and down the country.
“Leaving Europe is going to break Britain and I can’t understand why nothing is being done to stop it.
“I was overjoyed when a top European law officer said the UK should be able to unilaterally cancel its withdrawal from the EU.
“I absolutely want this to happen, which is why I’ve launched our ‘Back Out of Brexit’ campaign. I don’t want Brexit. I never did want Brexit and I vow to fight the Brexit battle to the bitter end.”
The business owner has commissioned a cartoon to run across his social media platforms to help gain momentum for the campaign.
The illustration shows the British Isles split by the Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish flags.
The Scottish and Irish parts are vibrant and full of life, transformed into cartoon characters with their eyes open to what’s around them. Both countries are holding hands in a show of unity and togetherness, while Scotland is also handing a fistful of cash to Europe to strengthen its relationship.
However, English and Welsh flags are grey and strewn with a raft of negative messages, such as ‘unemployment’, ‘NHS for sale’ and ‘food banks’, highlighting the downside to perceived isolation from mainland Europe.
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is a faceless, hooded character who stands over the UK with the message ‘We can change this vision. Let’s cancel Brexit before it’s too late’ at the bottom of the picture.
Aztec Oils currently has about 20 per cent of its business in the Republic of Ireland which will remain in the European Union.
However, post-Brexit, the threat of increased tariffs, transport and administration could see the company unable to retain its business, with European competitors able to undercut its prices.