The Telegraph: Blocking Brexit would betray our nation’s proud history of democracy

Following two years of inept negotiations by the Government and the announcement of the disastrous Chequers White Paper, the Leave Means Leave campaign are taking the Battle for Britain to every part of the country.

The calamitous Chequers proposal foisted on Conservative MPs, has fractured the Party more than any other policy in its long history.

Leave Means Leave will do everything possible to apply pressure to the Government to ensure that the Chequers deal is abandoned and replaced with a World Trade Deal that is best for Britain. We should also offer the EU a free trade arrangement along the lines of the deal they currently have with Canada.

Brexit is one of the most exciting and positive things to happen in the proud history of our great country. We will be able to embrace a new confidence, make our own decisions and adopt an outward, global view. Rather than treating Brexit as a damage limitation exercise, the Government must accept this and deliver this message to every corner of the UK.

Any attempts to deny the outcome of the referendum is to betray our nation’s proud history of democracy. It will only seek to undermine public trust in the Government and the establishment. Make no mistake, the damage will be severe.

In recent weeks we have seen a huge swathe of donations from a number of businessmen which has enabled our campaign to take on and challenge the extremely wealthy Remain campaign backed by George Soros and aided by the anti-Brexit Treasury.

We have been astounded by the tens of thousands of donations we have received from hardworking people right across the country. Leave Means Leave are extremely grateful for their generosity and support and these contributions boost not only the funds of our campaign but the psychological drive behind it. Let me be clear – the British people are furious with the way Brexit is being handled. Leave Means Leave will be holding rallies, street stalls, leafleting drives, social media campaigns, advertising campaigns and more. We are currently looking forward to welcoming thousands of people to our first rally in Bolton in just a few weeks.

Leave Means Leave have the fight of our lives ahead of us. We are the David to the establishment’s Goliath but we are committed to winning this fight. Ambitious though it may seem, over the next three months, we want to raise a war chest of £5 million to drive this campaign.

We are clear what we must do as a nation. Contrary to the falsehoods promulgated by Remainers and the Government that there is no alternative plan to Chequers, there are in fact detailed and well worked economic and legal analysis supporting the merits of a clean break with the EU, not least from organisations including Economists for Free Trade, Lawyers for Brexit and the Institute for Economic Affairs.

The people of Britain voted to take back control of our laws, our money and our borders. Only by doing these things will the government have fulfilled its promise to respect the democratic will of the people expressed in the referendum. Anything less than this will not be a proper Brexit. It will be Brexit in name only (BRINO).  From the very beginning, we have argued that the UK government should have declared its intention to move to a World Trade Deal in March 2019 and prepared and communicated the huge opportunities for economic growth and prosperity that this affords Britain – to the tune of £600 billion.

At the same time we should have offered the EU the possibility of a free trade agreement along the lines of the Canada deal which covers 98 per cent of goods and 92 per cent of agriculture.

Remainers refer to a World Trade Deal as a “cliff edge”, when actually it is an opportunity for Britain to enjoy our freedom, liberty to determine our own destiny and economic independence to enjoy unparalleled growth and prosperity, provided the government adopt the right policies. Let us be clear: a World Trade trading arrangement is the best deal.

The British people voted to repatriate our fisheries, reform our farm policies, repatriate our enormous financial net contribution to the EU, make our own laws, produce better regulations, be free of the European Courts, control our borders and migration policy, strike trade deals around the world, remove selected tariffs unilaterally, avoid a European army, avoid European taxes and financial control, and distance ourselves from the dangerously unstable Eurozone.

The economic impact of these measures will be to boost exports, rejuvenate manufacturing and rebalance the economy to the regions while maintaining the prosperity and growth of our devices and London. It will cause the economy to grow an additional 7 per cent of GDP, which is like boosting growth by a third every year for fifteen years.

Our policy is clear: The government should scrap the Chequers White Paper and start again. It should instead immediately declare for a World Trade Deal in March 2019, embrace and plan for this now and offer the EU a free trade arrangement along the lines of that with Canada, provided heads of terms are agreed by Christmas. Should the EU not be prepared to do a deal we should withhold the £39 billion proposed payment to the EU and instead use this money to smooth the move to Brexit, boosting the economy and generating taxes for public services.

On Northern Ireland, we should be clear that we will not implement border controls for people as long as the Republic of Ireland remain outside the Schengen zone and that we will implement a simplified electronic declaration  notification systems for goods, as recommended by the EU’s own report, Smart Borders 2.  If the Republic of Ireland wish to introduce controls that is their prerogative.

On EU residents in the UK, we should offer citizenship to all those who are resident at March 2019.

On migration we should encourage migrants into high skill jobs provided adequate regard is paid to the training and availability of UK citizens and we should discourage migrants into low skill jobs. Migrants into low skilled jobs cost taxpayers a net £3,500 pa in benefits and public services, effectively a subsidy to business to employ cheap labour rather than train domestic workers and depresses wage growth.

The Government can reverse the Brexit betrayal by chucking Chequers and adopting the Leave Means Leave policy. To the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit and all of those who didn’t but have accepted the democratic decision, Leave Means Leave promises that we will stop at nothing to ensure a full and proper Brexit.

To read John Longworth’s piece in full, click here.

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