Prince Andrew gets behind Brexit telling businesses to see the ‘glass as half full’ and suggesting there will be ‘opportunities’ outside the EU

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Duke of York told firms to look for ‘fresh grass’ by trading with the world but admitted there were years of uncertainty ahead

PRINCE Andrew has got behind Brexit today – telling businesses to see the “glass as half full” and suggesting there will be “opportunities” outside the EU.

The Duke of York told firms to look for “fresh grass” by trading with the world, but admitted there were years of uncertainty ahead.

Prince Andrew said there are ‘opportunities’ outside the EU

The Queen’s son, who stepped down as the UK’s roving business ambassador six years ago, said he had “no idea” how the country’s exit from the European Union would play out.

But he told the BBC: “You can either look at it as a glass half-empty, which is: ‘Oh my God, why have we done this?’

“Or you could look at it as a glass half-full, which is: ‘OK, that’s where we are. There are opportunities that we’ve got to make’. You may lose one thing but you may gain something else.”

His comments come as David Davis prepares to start Brexit talks on Monday

His comments come as David Davis prepares to start Brexit talks on Monday

He added: “There is going to be uncertainty and difficulty and upheaval over the next few years whilst this all plays out and I have no idea how it will play out.”

Andrew, who was interviewed while in Singapore where he was attending a Commonwealth science conference, said “many” businesses had not looked over the “garden fence” to the external market.

“And in my experience recently, businesses that look over the garden fence have gone: ‘Hmm, (the) grass is not quite as dark and unforgiving as you might expect’.

“And actually, getting over the fence, there might be some fresh grass out there.”

The comments by the Duke of York are the first in public by a royal since the referendum

The comments by the Duke of York are the first in public by a royal since the referendum

His comments are the first in public by a royal about the EU since the vote to leave last year.

The Prince said: “We’ve been concentrating on 27 countries, if you take that as an internal market.

“There’s an external market that’s a lot bigger, and many businesses hadn’t looked over that garden fence to some extent.

“And in my experience recently, businesses that look over the garden fence have gone: ‘Hmm, (the) grass is not quite as dark and unforgiving as you might expect’.

“And actually, getting over the fence, there might be some fresh grass out there.”

 

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