This is an open letter to The Honourable Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Chairman of the European Research Group in the House of Commons. The letter itself has been sent to Mr Rees-Mogg in hard copy as well as to my own Member of Parliament, Mr Douglas Ross, and to others listed at the end of this post.
The situation regarding the leadership and management of the process of the UK leaving the European Union has moved from being worrying to being absurd.
I’m one of the 17.4 million people who voted for the UK to regain its sovereignty. It was made clear to the electorate during the EU Referendum debate that leaving the EU would mean, inter alia, leaving the single market, leaving the customs union and extricating the UK from the tentacles of the European Court of ‘Justice’ (sic).
The government at the time spent £9 million of taxpayers’ money seeking to persuade people to vote in favour of our nation being governed by a foreign oligarchy. Thankfully, the majority of voters saw through the EU propaganda (for that is what the government literature was) and so, in theory, and without wishing to put too fine a point on it, set us on a course towards recovering British sovereignty.
The British government’s ‘Vote Remain’ literature also stated categorically, ‘This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide’.
Regrettably, more than 18 months after the British people decided that the UK should leave the European Union, the government looks to be absolutely nowhere near implementing that decision. Of itself, that is a dangerous affront to democracy. It is also a manifestation of the blistering incompetence of the Conservative government, the majority of whom – as a matter of fact – would prefer that the UK remained within the European Union. Is it any wonder, then, that the government has achieved virtually nothing since the British people instructed it to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union?
It saddens me greatly to observe that the process of the UK leaving the EU is now characterised by the nature of the European Union itself, namely one of a grand deceit. Perhaps that shouldn’t surprise me? We hear the Prime Minister and other ministers asserting that they’re getting on with the job of enacting the EU Referendum result whereas, in fact, they’re doing nothing of the sort, nor do they intend to.
I find this extremely worrying for the fabric of our society: a situation where the British government is acting knowingly against the express wishes of the electorate whilst bending over backwards to persuade us otherwise. In short, we’re being lied to; we’re being sold down the river. Your political party, Mr Rees-Mogg, is playing with fire, but appears to be oblivious to the fact.
In your role as Chairman of the European Research Group, I believe that you now have a duty to strain every sinew to make the following happen:
To foment the removal of Mrs May as Prime Minister; she is not up to the job. We face the greatest crisis of freedom and democracy since 1939 (the timing of the release of the film ‘Darkest Hour’ is apposite here) and yet Mrs May is bumbling around like some latter-day Chamberlain.
To have a pro-Brexit Conservative politician voted in to the role of Prime Minister. I know that you can’t control this, as such, but somehow the Conservative Party as a whole must be made to realise that without a Brexiteer Prime Minister, the party will be heading towards electoral oblivion. The consequences of that vis-à-vis the Corbyn/Momentum rising star hardly bear thinking about.
To make every effort to support a Brexiteer Prime Minister to form a government reflecting the Referendum result itself, ie a majority who want the UK to leave the European Union and who voted that way in June 2016. Clearly, the government should include pro-EU ministers, but in the minority.
This isn’t rocket science, sir. The political class has spent a generation since the UK was originally, dubiously led into EU membership steadily distancing itself from the British electorate, such is the nature of the European Union itself: essentially, and by design, a democracy-free zone.
The British political class must now rediscover what it means to serve the electorate: ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’. Right now, your colleagues are showing precious few signs of knowing what this means in practice and are risking all hell being let loose if they cock this up. At the moment, the Conservative Party is indeed showing every sign of cocking up the process of extricating the UK from the European Union; a cock-up from which the Party might well never recover.
I apologise for banging on a bit, but it’s terribly frustrating for a citizen-oik like me to watch politicians, societal elites (the CBI, the House of Lords, Blair, Heseltine, Clegg, Clarke et al) and much of the mainstream media – ably led by the BBC, of course – colluding to do their utmost to usurp the will of the British people. This is a terribly dangerous attitude to take towards freedom and democracy. So, the sooner you and your ERG and other like-minded colleagues get your act together and reverse this hopeless trajectory of the Conservative Party and government, the better for the British people.
I have copied this letter to others for information and will be pressing my own constituency MP, Mr Douglas Ross, to support you.
The letter above was copied to the following addressees:
Mr Douglas Ross MP (my constituency MP)
Ms Ruth Davidson MSP (Leader, Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party)
Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP (Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs)
Rt Hon David Davis MP (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union)
Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP (Secretary of State for International Trade)
Sir Graham Brady MP (Chairman, 1922 Committee)
Mr Nigel Farage MEP
Mr Simon Heffer (Journalist, The Telegraph)
Mr Charles Moore (Journalist, The Telegraph)
Mr Arron Banks (Founder, Leave.EU)
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