BREXIT has been vindicated as the UK begins to strike several huge technology deals to cement its position as a global leader without the “political interference” of the EU, Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee David Morris has told Express.co.uk.
This week, the owner of Vauxhall, Stellantis, confirmed its commitment to Brexit Britain by unveiling plans to build electric cars and vans at its Ellesmere Port factory. It came after Nissan announced a major expansion of battery production in Sunderland creating thousands of new jobs both directly and in the supply chain. In a further boost, BT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband constellation backed by the Government to provide “global” Internet coverage.
And Mr Morris, who is also MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, says the UK should be “very proud of itself” and dubbed the breakthroughs as “encouraging” signs.
He added: “The whole point of the Huawei debate was because we wanted to take control of our own security and Internet.
“It’s all about maintaining our global position now, as well as independence.”
The deal with OneWeb comes after the EU chucked the UK out of its Galileo programme.
The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) goes live in 2026, and will feature a Public Regulated Service (PRS) that can be used by government agencies, armed forces and emergency services.
The EU decided this “crucial feature” would only be accessible for bloc members, despite the UK playing an imperative part in its development.
Currently, Britain is relying on America’s GPS system, and Mr Morris said that relationship could deepen.
He added: “We have been talking with the US for some time about encompassing GPS.
“It’s only a matter of time before it starts amalgamating because our allies are in NATO.