John Mills

An economist, entrepreneur and political commentator, I'm Founder and Chairman of JML, the consumer goods company. I'm also Chairman of Labour Leave & Labour Future, Chairman of the Pound Campaign, and Secretary of the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign.

I’m proud to be Chairman of JML, a well-known British company which was recently picked out as being among the 150 most dynamic companies in all of Europe. Both as a businessperson and Labour Party veteran, I've fought successfully for the UK to vote to Leave the European Union and will continue to fight for radical change in Britain's economic and trade policy.

I've been in business for more than 50 years. In that time I've seen hundreds of proud, successful British manufacturing firms forced out of existence and thousands of jobs shipped off to Asia. I've seen skilled manual jobs all-but disappear and areas of Britain that were once thriving and full of hope are now effectively redundant.

We need politicians from all parties to start considering a new economic and political strategy; one that brings business and jobs back to Britain.

In my opinion, as sterling has devalued to a more competitive level since the EU Referendum, there is every chance that manufacturing can now start to recover, investment in our future productivity will start to increase and, in the longer term, there will be less unemployment. I believe we now have the means to raise our growth rate incrementally on a sustainable basis, with rising living standards, more equality and no need for the austerity policies to cut the government deficit.

Recent press

What next for Brexit?
Posted 5 July 2017

Without the WTO option in play, the UK’s bargaining position is fatally weakened, John Mills writes.

It's vital we act now to fix the ticking time bomb under our economy
Posted 24 June 2017

The only way we are going to get the economy rebalanced is to have an exchange rate which is low enough to get manufacturing industry back on its feet again, argues John Mills.

Labour eurosceptic donor John Mills: ‘the City always says the roof will fall in’
Posted 15 June 2017

John Mills argues that there is reason for London to be cheerful in the wake of Brexit

Labour needs to develop 'viable policies', says party donor
Posted 13 June 2017

A millionaire donor to the Labour Party has called on Jeremy Corbyn to develop more “viable policies” if it wants to win the next general election.

Britain always got a poor deal out of EU: JML Chair
Posted 6 June 2017

John Mills tells CNBC International why he remains in favour of the UK leaving the European Union

Trade unions 'help the economy'
Posted 1 June 2017

Britain's economy could be boosted if trade unions gain greater powers, a major business figure has said.

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Brexit Economics  by John Mills

We have a major problem in our financial relationship with the EU27. Unless action is taken to deal with it, this challenge will persist regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

This pamphlet sets out how we can make the UK economy the powerhouse of Europe again.

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