I have signed the Brexit Pledge – will you?

I have signed the Brexit Pledge – will you?

The Brexit Pledge has been set up by a group of 30 very disgruntled Leave-supporting groups, from the political left to the political right, from industry groups such as The City for Britain through to Fishing for Leave. What has brought us together is not just a desire to leave the EU with a clean break, but also a determination to restore democracy in the UK.

The Brexit Pledge asks people to call on their MP to deliver an immediate and true Brexit – one that restores UK control over its trade policy, its fishing waters, its farming regulations, its defence forces and their procurement policies, its border controls and its immigration policy, its taxation policies, its foreign policy and the supremacy of UK law and regulation. That is what we thought Brexit meant. That is what we voted for.

Some people have responded to me saying that there is no point in writing to their MP because their MP is one of the 21 Conservatives who have lost the whip, having voted against the Government’s main objective: to get Brexit done. Others have said that there is no point: their MP is now one of the very undemocratic and illiberal MPs who want to reverse the country’s decision to leave the EU. Or they tell me that they are represented by a Labour MP and don’t believe that Labour MPs have any interest in the opinions of voters any more. But I believe that this sorry state of affairs is even more of a reason to write to your MP. We must not allow our MPs to get their information about their electorates’ opinions from the Westminster Bubble or the Mainstream Media, both of which only reflect opinions that will most benefit their industries.

It is now imperative that Brexit supporters make sure that their MP understands that they do not endorse MPs changing parties after they are elected or political parties changing policies after they are elected. We must make sure that our MPs fully understand that we vote for a party’s manifesto as much as, or even more than, we vote for an individual MP. Even more dangerous to our democracy is the precedent set by backbench MPs colluding with the Speaker to undermine not only the elected Government, but potentially all future governments as well. Unfortunately, a complacent electorate gets the government that it deserves.

We must also make sure that our MPs know that in a democracy a majority of even one vote is still a majority. Equally, if you lose by even one vote, you must accept it. In the last election my MP won by 20 votes. I did not vote for her. But I have never protested outside her office that the vote was so close that it must be confirmed by a second election. I have never protested that the people who voted for her didn’t know what they were voting for or that if they did vote for her then they must be stupid. No, I have not protested that her election was illegitimate because I believe in democracy and so, albeit by a tiny majority, she has the right to be my MP.

And equally, on her part, as the elected MP she has the right to use her parliamentary vote for her party. Not once has she said: “Well my election was very close, so I must take into consideration the views of the half of my electorate who didn’t vote for me, and so I will vote with the Conservatives on Mondays and Wednesdays.” And why should she? We have a First Past The Post system – a system that works or, at least, used to work.

I have signed the Brexit Pledge and would urge you to do this too. I have written to my MP to tell her to vote to deliver an immediate Brexit and restore UK control of its policies, laws and regulations. And I am calling on my MP to deliver Brexit for the same reason that she is my MP – because Leave won the democratic referendum, just as she won the 2017 election. If anyone should respect a majority, it should be my MP.