The Conservative grassroots expect the Government to ensure we are out of the EU on 29th March

The Conservative grassroots expect the Government to ensure we are out of the EU on 29th March

As a loyal Conservative activist since the age of 18, I do not want to see the party I love torn apart and there is no need for it to be so. On Tuesday evening the party came together to vote for the Brady amendment. Parliament and the party have shown that for us to move forward the ‘backstop’ must be removed and replaced with alternative arrangements as set out in detail in the Malthouse Compromise. This gives the Prime Minister a way forward to ensure we Leave the EU on the 29th March 2019 with a deal.

However, our UK negotiating team thus far have made some serious errors and that is why eurosceptics felt confident enough to vote for the Brady amendment based on the fact that the negotiating team would be changed. So, this needs to happen, or Brussels will ignore us again. It is positive that Remainers and Leavers have come together with the Malthouse Compromise which seeks to reassure all sides’ concerns and helps us leave keeping our promises intact.

In proposing a motion to the governing body of the Conservative Party, the National Convention, I have sought to do the same. The motion provides support to our Prime Minister to deliver on our promises that we should Leave the EU on the 29th March, whilst countering various ‘helpful’ suggestions that only seek to thwart Brexit. It states:

“The National Convention supports the commitments the Prime Minister has made to the country to honour the European Union Referendum result of 2016 so that having triggered Article 50 we will leave the European Union on the 29th March 2019. Another referendum, a delay beyond the European elections, taking ‘no deal’ off the table or not leaving at all would betray the 2016 People’s Vote and damage democracy and our party for a generation.”

The other unacceptable suggestion I should have added is Jeremy Corbyn’s demand that we stay in the Customs Union which, as we well know, is the EU without a vote or veto.

The important thing is that we leave on 29th March. I mentioned the European Elections because, quite frankly, it would be ludicrous if we were still forced to undertake such a process. It would be costly, send the wrong signals and many Conservatives would refuse to campaign.

So, it was disappointing to read a PoliticsHome report on the motion which wrongly claimed that signatories to the motion were ‘willing to stomach’ a delay. Any reader of the motion can see its purpose and intent and we look forward to the debate.

It would be foolish too to take no deal off the table. This is a trap which forces us into a corner with little bargaining power. No wonder the EU love to tell us they won’t tolerate ‘no deal’! And no wonder Corbyn supports taking ‘no deal’ off the table. He does not understand the power play in negotiations. This is the same reason he supported CND. It was not CND that brought the Soviet Union to the negotiating table but Reagan’s Star Wars programme.

The Conservative Party is now united in searching for the best solution to take us out of the EU on the 29th March 2019, ensuring we take back control of our laws. The backstop has to go in its present form and we must not be in the Customs Union, so enabling us to agree far-reaching global trade deals and thus honouring our commitment to the referendum vote of 23rd June 2016. We support the Prime Minister in this endeavour.