On Monday 19 June, the British Government and the European Commission will start their negotiations regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union (Brexit). It is a fact that the British, European and other political and societal elites who wanted the UK to remain in the European Union are now doing everything within their powers to undermine, if not reverse completely the British people’s decision to the leave the European Union.
The British People Voted Leave
On 23 June 2016, over 17 million British people – the majority who voted – voted for the UK to leave the European Union. There has been no time in all British history when so many people have come out to vote in such numbers for a particular course of action. The arguments against the UK leaving the European Union (the Remain campaign) were founded wholly and exclusively on scaring the British people half to death about the economic and social consequences of Brexit. The majority of British people rejected those arguments, were not scared by them and voted in favour of Leave. The British people didn’t vote for a labelled (‘soft’) Brexit – that option wasn’t on the ballot paper; they voted for Brexit – for the UK to leave the European Union. Full stop.
Ms Gina Miller – Remain Supporter
One of the Remain crusaders was Ms Gina Miller. Ms Miller did the Leave campaign an enormous service by forcing the British people’s EU Referendum decision to be considered by the Supreme Court. The Court’s judgement precipitated a vote in the House of Commons. Of the 650 Members of Parliament, 494 of them (over 75% of the House) voted in favour of triggering Article 50 of The Treaty of Lisbon. That overwhelming majority vote made it a legal requirement for the UK to leave the European Union.
Conservative & Labour Party Manifestos
In the UK General Election on 8 June 2017 both the Conservative and Labour Party manifestos made it clear that each of those political parties was resolved to implement Brexit; to take the UK out of the European Single Market and out of the EU Customs Union. On election day, 85% of the electorate voted for either the Conservative Party or the Labour Party. The fervently pro-Remain political party, the Liberal Democrats polled just over 7% of the votes and secured a mere 12 seats in Parliament. Hardly a ringing popular endorsement for the UK to remain in the European Union. The leader of the Liberal Democrats has – not surprisingly – since resigned, citing other spurious reasons for so doing.
Letter to My Member of Parliament
In light of all the above, today I wrote the following letter to my Member of Parliament, Mr Douglas Ross.
Many congratulations on your election to the House of Commons as the MP for Moray. It’s well deserved and I’m delighted for you, for the Conservative Party and for the people of Moray. My wife and I have watched your progress in politics over the years, having lived in Moray on and off since 1984. We’ve been here in the village that we now live in for 23 years and have been thankful for your support in the past.
I wanted to express my views to you on the matter of Brexit, the trajectory of which concerns me.
Views of the Leader of the Conservatives in Scotland
Ruth Davidson (Note to Blog readers: Ms Davidson is a Member of the Scottish Parliament and leader of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party) is on record as saying that in terms of shaping what Brexit means in practice, economic issues should take precedence over matters of UK sovereignty, not least including controlling immigration. This, of course, is the classic deceit which underpins the very existence of the European Union. Namely, to exploit people’s natural fears about their future economic circumstances in order to pursue political objectives largely without popular consent. Indeed, the Remain campaign was founded entirely on playing on people’s economic fears (‘Project Fear’), which the British people rejected on 23 June 2016.
The European Union – A Potted History
I hope very much that Ms Davidson and you have studied the history of the European Union in order to understand comprehensively what and who you’re now dealing with as British politicians.
If you have read the history of the EU, you will know that the idea first conceived back in the 1920s by 2 senior officials of the League of Nations – Jean Monnet and Arthur Salter, a British civil servant – was a United States of Europe, ruled by a government of unelected technocrats like themselves. Two things were anathema to them: nation states with the power of veto (which they had seen destroy the League of Nations) and any need to consult the wishes of the people in elections.
As Booker & North explained in their book, ‘The Great Deception’, this was the idea that Monnet put at the heart of ‘Le Projet’ from 1950 onwards, modelling his ‘government of Europe’ on precisely the same 4 institutions which made up the League of Nations: a commission, a council of ministers, a parliament and a court. Booker & North observed that, ‘thus, step by step over decades, Monnet’s technocratic dream has come to pass’.
The British People Chose Sovereignty
Until, that is, the 23 June 2016 – as far as the UK is concerned, anyway. Thankfully, the British people – when eventually given the opportunity to express their consent, or otherwise to being railroaded towards a ‘technocratic dream’ – chose sovereignty.
To be clear, Douglas, over 17 million British people did not tick a box on the EU Referendum ballot paper which said, ‘Primarily Economic Security’ – which seems to be Ms Davidson’s misunderstanding of what people like me voted for. Post-Referendum analysis of voting rationale shows clearly that the issues of greatest concern to the British people were the EU itself (the extraordinary degree of control it exerts over the functioning of our nation) and immigration – with the economy falling a considerable way behind these 2 principal concerns.
Brexit Means Brexit
In its EU Referendum campaign literature, the British Conservative Government made it quite clear that, ‘This is [the British people’s] decision. The Government will implement what you decide’. In deciding that the UK should leave the European Union, it seems perfectly reasonable to assume that the British people expected the Government to implement the following:
Law Making. To reinstate the absolute judicial supremacy of the Houses of Parliament, thereby removing the UK from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.
Border Controls. To resume full control of the nation’s borders, exercising total sovereign decision-making about who enters our country, how, when and for what reasons.
Maritime. To reinstate full sovereignty of the UK’s Territorial Waters.
Trade. To reinstate the UK’s sovereign right to sign trade agreements with any countries it chooses. This means the UK leaving the European Single Market and the EU Customs Union and freeing ourselves from all the conditions and constraints that go with these agreements.
Finance. To resume full control of the nation’s finances, with no future payments being made to the European Union budget. There should be no final settlement money passed to the EU simply as a ‘golden goodbye’.
Ruth Davidson: Misguided or Disingenuous or Both
Ruth Davidson is misguided if she thinks that the British people voted Leave primarily for economic reasons. Indeed, Ms Davidson is being disingenuous to trumpet such a case, showing a certain contempt for those of us – the majority – who voted for the UK to leave the EU for reasons which are known and in the public domain. There’s no evidence whatsoever to suggest that the British people voted primarily to secure an ongoing economic relationship with the EU so why, I wonder, is Ms Davidson pushing this line?
I go back to Jean Monnet, the Founding Father of the EU, who said on 3 April 1952 in relation to how the European Union should work that, ‘the fusion of economic functions would compel nations to fuse their sovereignty into that of a single European State’. Monnet also observed that in Europe there should be, ‘economic unity [as a result of which] mutual commitments will make it fairly easy to produce political union, which is the goal’.
A Democratic Duty to Support Brexit
Therefore, as a Leave-voting constituent of yours, I should like some reassurance that, in working in the UK Parliament as you now do, you will focus on supporting the decision of the majority of British people on 23 June 2016 – which was not to place economic considerations at the top of the agenda, but rather to recover the UK’s sovereignty.
I have copied this letter to Ruth Davidson and, notwithstanding my concerns expressed in this letter, wish you both all the very best during what are going to be some very difficult years indeed.
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