Today I wrote again to my Conservative Member of Parliament, Mr Douglas Ross MP. Here is an open copy of the letter.
You may wish to know that the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association wrote to me in April inviting me to renew my membership of the Party. At the time I wasn’t sure whether to pay up.
This weekend we’ve learned the outcomes of the meeting of the Cabinet at Chequers on Friday. The result was disappointing for those 17.4 million of us who voted for the government to take the UK out of the EU. The government has decided that, in fact, the UK leaving the European Union will almost certainly be Brexit In Name Only, or BRINO as it’s known. It’s my understanding that the UK will:
Remain bound by common market rules for certain goods and, astonishingly, agricultural products.
Be tied into some form of customs union.
Be compliant with a framework for the free movement of people.
Tug its forelock to the European Court of Justice.
Parliament will, supposedly, be able to override arrangements in these areas. However, how far in practice would UK regulations be permitted to diverge from the EU’s? The Conservative government is paying lip-service to taking back control whilst setting out to lock us in to the EU’s rulebooks.
Ironically, as Sir Nick Clegg said, ‘Brexiteers would be right to reject the PM’s plan. Dual EU/UK tariffs would create vast amounts of red tape. Smugglers would boom. Parliament would be humiliated. MPs would rubber-stamp goods and agricultural rules from Brussels. The right to refuse would never be used as the costs would be too high’.
So, we shall not truly be controlling our trade, our borders and our laws. The government’s negotiating stance is an exercise in smoke and mirrors. The Telegraph editorial today is headlined, ‘This was the weekend that the Brexit dream died’. It grieves me to have to agree with that view.
Prime Minister May and the Conservative government have made a spectacular mess of working to extricate the UK from the EU: deceitful (like the EU itself); lacking in vision; absent of negotiating skills; conciliatory; fundamentally and ideologically opposed to Brexit. This latter characteristic is hardly surprising since the Prime Minister and 20-odd members of the Cabinet all wanted, and clearly still want the UK to remain tethered to the European Union.
The UK has always been a half-in, half-out, reluctant and recalcitrant member of the EU, but at least we had a voice in Brussels. In future, the UK will be a half-in, half-out associate member of the EU, whilst mute in Brussels; the beneficiary of the worst of all worlds. It is a quite astonishing strategy for recovering the sovereignty, freedom and democracy of our country. It is not the work of British political conservatives, that’s for sure.
Mrs May and her pro-EU colleagues have spat in the face of democracy and treated the biggest vote for anything in British politics with barely-concealed contempt. That Mrs May ran her strategy past the Chancellor of Germany before her own Cabinet ministers says it all for me.
Notwithstanding, I have today renewed my membership of the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association for the single reason that I’d like my voice to be heard on the matter of the UK leaving the EU. However, if the Conservative government’s blueprint for the UK’s future after 29 March 2019 is ever likely to become reality – and I fear that’s a high likelihood – I shall campaign vigorously for any politician or party prepared to deliver Brexit. If there is no such politician on my voting paper, I shall spoil my ballot paper, or vote Labour on the grounds of fomenting creative destruction of the travesty that is the Conservative Party today. I have copied this letter to others and wish you well in your continuing duties as my Member of Parliament; duties which, on current Conservative Party form, will terminate at the next General Election and quite likely not be required ever again.
I didn’t include these subsequent thoughts in my letter to Mr Ross. It strikes me that on previous form, Monsieur Barnier and his EU negotiating team could well reject Mrs May’s proposals for the UK’s future relationship with the European Union. Monsieur Barnier will consider the UK to be cherry-picking its relationship with the EU. This wouldn’t do, of course, for fear of opening the door to other countries cherry-picking their own relationships with the EU. ‘Mais non! Ce n’est pas possible’, he’ll say.
The other thought that occurs to me is one that I’ve held for quite some time now: that the European Union, like the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) before it, is inevitably doomed anyway. The EU is doomed on three related counts: the unsustainable economic illiteracy of the euro currency; the policy of unfettered migration into the European continent and across the borders of the nations of the continent; and the consequence of the first two counts, namely an uprising of the peoples of the European Union in response to increasingly severe economic decline, political authoritarianism and national, cultural and social breakdown.
That our political class, the British Establishment, big business, the BBC and much of the mainstream Fourth Estate still believe that the UK’s future lies within the European Union, and that the European Union will itself somehow flourish beggars belief. It’s probably the most spectacular example of groupthink in modern, if not all history.
Good riddance to the Conservative Party if this is the best they can do for the causes of sovereignty, freedom and democracy.
I should point out that, unashamedly, I’m riding two political horses at the moment. I’m a fully paid-up member of UKIP as well as being a member of the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association. It would be mad not to hedge one’s political bets at this stage. The problem for me living in Scotland at the time of a General Election was, and probably will be in future, the lack of a UKIP presence on the ballot paper. After all, and strangely, the (punch your fist in the air and cry) ‘Freedom!’ loving Scots would prefer to be governed by the unelected, unaccountable Jean-Claude Juncker than to be governed by politicians whom they could chuck out of office if they didn’t like the cut of their jib. For the Scots to prefer governance by the European Commission is baffling to me.
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