Dinesh Dhamija was elected in 2019 after vowing to hold a second poll on whether the UK should leave the EU. But the first-generation immigrant and successful businessman has now admitted that “the British people made a choice in 2016”.
As well as conceding defeat, Mr Dhamija said that “being a ‘Remoaner’ is neither an intellectually or emotionally reasonable position to be in if we truly want the UK to succeed”.
In an opinion piece for CityAm, Mr Dhamija – who branded himself a “gold card-carrying Remainer” – added: “We need to learn our lesson from business.
“Firstly, once you’ve made a decision – as with the Brexit referendum – past debates and battle lines must be buried in order to focus wholeheartedly on delivery.
“Customers are all that count for the existence of a strong business, but it is your people and their skills which will give you competitive advantage over the long term.
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He also claimed that there “are grounds for optimism” in Brexit Britain for 2022 which can “can stand on its own two feet”.
The UK’s finance sector – spearheaded by the City of London’s Square Mile – is “stronger than most” and the country has more than £600m worth of startups, he stated.
Our education sector is the envy of the world, with the country being home to four of the planet’s 10 top universities, he pointed out.
The UK is also a “magnet” for immigrants who flock here from around the world because we “offer a culture which people all over the world wish to enjoy”, he said.
Mr Dhamija added: “We are a global trading nation which will compete with our EU friends occasionally to their discomfort as on the AUKUS submarine deal.
“That is our new model. There is no other way.”
And while singing the UK’s praises, he pointed out that the EU has “a long way to go, in many foreign policy areas”.
This could be a reference to its inability to convert its economic might into the dominance exerted by America and increasingly China.