My Member of Parliament is Mr Douglas Ross (pictured above), a Scottish Conservative & Unionist MP. He’s a good MP, a decent man who seems always to keep the balanced best interests of his Moray constituents in mind. Mr Ross is a football referee when he gets the chance; I wish he would spend more time, and earn more money being a referee – precisely because he gets criticised for so doing! Generally, as a rule, I tend to knock the British political class, but I endeavour always to recognise that all groups of people are made up of individuals, and some individuals represent exceptions to the rule; thus far Douglas Ross seems to me to be an exception to the rule. Long may that continue. Notwithstanding, this evening I wrote to my MP, Douglas Ross as set out below.
I’ve just returned from my weekly Scottish Country Dancing class in the Town Hall, Forres. I’m a member of the RSCDS Forres Committee and along with rough shooting, working my gundog, following Scotland’s rugby team and listening to jazz music, Scottish Country Dancing is one of the joys of my life.
The tension mounts as you and your colleagues prepare to cast your various votes tomorrow. As one of your constituents and a member of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party I should like to re-emphasise my thoughts to you at this truly momentous time in our history. British democracy itself is at stake here.
Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement (WA) is dead in the water. The WA and, so, by proxy the Conservative government was defeated by the House of Commons on an unprecedented scale on 15 January. No amount of amendments to the WA can ever make the WA an acceptable form of Brexit, including removal of the infamous backstop. I hope very much that you will not be minded to capitulate and support the WA at the eleventh hour, Douglas. For the UK nominally to leave the EU under Mrs May’s WA would be just that: leaving the EU in name only. We would be shackled indefinitely to the European Union without membership rights; a shocking betrayal of 17.4 million voters.
The UK must leave the European Union at 11.00 pm on Friday 29 March, Douglas. If Parliament engineers a delay to the UK’s hour of departure from the European Union then millions of British people, perhaps tens of millions would conclude that voting in this country counted for nothing. I would be included in those millions of people. I would terminate my membership of the Conservative Party the moment I learned that the UK’s departure was delayed should Parliament achieve such an undermining of the Article 50 process. I would neither support nor vote for the Conservative Party again. I would seek out any politician or political party committed to terminating the UK’s membership of the EU lock, stock and barrel. Nigel Farage is poised to re-enter the fray in this regard – and I would be nailing my flag to his mast. If no such politician or political party was available to me, I would simply spoil my ballot paper on every voting occasion hence. So serious is this situation, Douglas. As someone who gave half his working life to service in the British armed forces, including in conflict, it would anger and depress me greatly to think that voting in my country had become a pointless exercise, treated with contempt by the British political class.
I believe that you understand the profundity of our circumstances, Douglas, and how disastrous this could be for our United Kingdom if you parliamentarians foul this up. As I sit here typing this, if I’m honest, I’m pessimistic about the collective of which you are a part. Based on its track record this past 2 years and more, I’m pessimistic about how the House of Commons will perform in these final days and weeks of the Brexit process. It’s been depressing, frustrating and shocking to watch politicians going about their business of late, and I take cold comfort from thinking that a critical mass of the British public shares my despondency. Listen to LBC for just one day to understand the anger of the British public.
In conclusion, I would ask that any and all the actions you take in the coming days and weeks are actions that will guarantee that the UK leaves the EU at 11.00 pm on Friday 29 March 2019. Any other actions you take, Douglas, will constitute a betrayal of 500 years and more of British history and treat with contempt the sacrifice of so many of our good people for freedom and democracy.
I don’t envy you your role in all this, Douglas, but I would ask please that you give serious consideration to my thoughts about this matter – and I send you my best wishes as always.
Have a good week.
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See you down the pub.
Here’s how Douglas Ross MP voted last night: