This morning I sent the following letter to the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association
At every election since 1975 I have voted Conservative; that’s 44 years of loyal party-political support. I’m a member of the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association. I have canvassed for the Party and tramped around the streets delivering election pamphlets. I admire my MP, Douglas Ross; I think he is a decent man and a diligent Member of Parliament. However, today, with some considerable sadness, I am terminating my Conservative Party membership.
The Conservative Party, with the approval of Parliament, invited the British people to decide whether the UK should remain in or leave the European Union. The British people voted to leave the EU. Parliament passed a law that the UK would leave the EU on Friday 29 March 2019, with or without a Withdrawal Agreement. However, that date has come and gone, and today the UK remains a member of the EU; the Conservative government failed to execute the democratic decision of the British people.
It appears that the UK might at best eventually leave the EU in name only whilst tied to myriad trade, legal and social constraints, or the UK will remain in the EU per the status quo ante. My perversely optimistic assumption is that the Conservative government will engineer the former outcome and the UK will migrate to become an EU vassal state. Either outcome will signal that the Conservative Party has failed in its duties not only to conservatism and the Party, but moreover to the very substance of democracy in the UK. It’s a shocking failure of political integrity.
Under these circumstances, as Ambrose Evans-Pritchard observed in his newspaper column recently, ‘sooner or later an explosive issue will arise. It will become clear why a G7 industrial democracy with 65 million people cannot sub-contract swathes of policy-making to a foreign power. The constitutional arrangement is not viable. It guarantees an abrogation crisis down the road’.
The UK sovereignty genie is out of the bottle. Like pregnancy, a nation can’t be half-sovereign. The Conservative government, aided and abetted by many Conservative MPs, has spent the last 3 years bizarrely straining every political sinew to make the UK half-sovereign; to make the UK an ex-signatory to The Treaty of Lisbon, but a de facto member of the EU. In other words, the Conservative Party has pursued a policy of securing UK suzerainty. How it ever came to this is quite unfathomable to me, but what is clear is that the Conservative Party is now a basket case.
I can’t buy into half-baked sovereignty. Therefore, after 44 years of calling myself a Conservative, I now find myself ashamed of the Conservative Party. Consequently, I should be grateful if you would delete me from the membership roll of the Moray Conservative & Unionist Association. I know that I shall be no great loss to the Association nor the Party at large; however, I presume that I’m about to be one of many thousands of ex-Party members and one of perhaps millions of ex-Conservative Party voters.
Henceforth, I intend to put every effort into campaigning for and supporting The Brexit Party and will do so at least until such time as the UK recovers its unfettered sovereignty.
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