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Marco Robinson: Yes, Brexit is a risk, but when has risk ever stopped us before?

It's the argument we are all reading day-in, day-out: Brexit will cripple the economy, damage the currency and hammer businesses. The mainstream media are so certain that a Brexit would be the most unparalleled disaster in our history that it is a wonder that a referendum is even taking place.

In reality, the people of the UK are being fed a constant stream of disingenuous scaremongering. It is no coincidence that Europe's most adamant champions are those who stand to continue making a shedload of money from us remaining in the EU. The key example being Boeing, who last week shrugged off Brexit concerns by making Britain the home for its new European headquarters.

In 2015, the UK Government paid £13bn to the EU budget, yet EU spending on the UK was £4.5bn, barely a third of our input. The In camp will tell you that this is offset by the trade deals and economic benefits we get through European membership, but do people honestly believe that?

The notion that leaving Europe will have an adverse effect on trade is, at best, misinformed and at worst, a gross misrepresentation. We have the second largest economy in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. Given the mess Europe finds itself in, to presume that they are in a position to refuse trade deals with Britain is ludicrous. In 2014, Britain imported £289bn from the EU. That is not a figure the EU can replace if it won't play ball with the UK.

Within the EU, we are bound by overbearing, protectionist policies that fly in the face of the aspirational and ambitious attitude that our nation is built upon. The fact that EU countries are not free to negotiate their own deals with non-EU nations is a massive hindrance to growth - just imagine what our most promising business people can do given the freedom to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit. Independence will let us strike newer, better and more lucrative deals with powerhouse nations like China and the United States.

SMEs are the heartbeat of our economy, employing the majority of our workforce while standing to gain the most from an EU exit. There are so many talented entrepreneurs in the UK who are itching to excel, let's allow them to do so.

Countries like Norway and Switzerland are the blueprint; they trade freely with the EU but can also sign bilateral treaties with non-EU states. Their economic models are extremely successful.

One example of the benefits of Brexit is the boom the property sector will experience, which my peers and I would continue to benefit from. I believe the property market will see a real boost if we leave Europe - much needed considering George Osborne's impending buy-to-let tax. Increased control over immigration will make Britain a much more attractive place to live. Who wouldn't want to move to a community packed with high-achievers and high-earners? Brexit is offering us the chance to become one of the most exclusive locations in the world, the chance to take our society up a notch.

Of course, in the short-term the economy could be turbulent and no one is denying that, but this is about looking to the future and the potential benefits far outweigh the potential pitfalls. Brexit could be the catalyst for so many British businesses to step up to the next level. All of the world's fastest-growing economies exist outside the EU, British businesses have an awful lot to gain from being given the freedom to conduct trade with these nations on their own.

It's time for British businesses to break the Government's shackles of fear and assert our nation's entrepreneurial prowess on the global stage. Brexit is nothing to be scared of, it is an opportunity. We are already one of the largest economies on the planet - just think what we can achieve when allowed to exercise our full potential.

Marco Robinson is a number one best-selling author and an award-winning entrepreneur. He won the People's Choice I-Property Best Real Estate Investor 2015 and is the author of The Financial Freedom Guarantee, which is already becoming his new best-seller.

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