If the EU really loves us, it will let us go – and straight away

If the EU really loves us, it will let us go – and straight away

11pm on Friday 29th March was the hour when Britain would be sovereign again and our future beyond the walls of Europe would begin. The hour came and went. Cometh the man, cometh the hour, but in this case, cometh the hour, cometh failure. Our Government, our Parliament, and yes still ‘our’ European Union failed to let us leave. We wish to leave peacefully; we want the bonds of friendship and cooperation to continue as fruitfully as ever before, and even more so in our independence as those bonds cannot be constrained by the institutions and borders of nations and continents.

What message do Remainers and Leavers, or as I prefer to call us all, ‘The British’, take from the Brexit experience? We now know that our democracy was in a worse state than we thought and feared. The Mother of all Parliaments, once home to some of the greatest statesmen the world has ever seen, is now bereft of even the most basic qualities of leadership and vision. In place of such qualities, we have corrupt actions which seek to suppress the fundamentals of parliamentary democracy.

How to settle the issue of Britain’s membership of the EU? The referendum of 2016 sought to do this. The question was clear, and so was the answer. Our national interest then, as now, should simply have been to ‘leave properly and open up a future of possibilities’. Now even manifesto commitments to leave the EU are ignored.

The decision of the British electorate to leave the European Union was an inflection point, an act of statecraft. The vision of the electorate was of a new way forward, a release from the tightening grasp of ‘Ever Closer Union’ and the downward spiral of technocratic homogeneity. If only our leaders shared our vision, but they are blinkered to the people they purport to represent, and they are blinded by the spotlight directed on our parliamentary democracy.

With Brexit the strategic intent was clear, indeed it is contained within a single word, ‘Leave’. Without a defining strategy to achieve this change with a modicum of continuity, and without early preparations of a tactical nature, our Government has put our Parliament in a fraught position. But this state of inconvenience, felt by our MPs, is pale in comparison to the grievances of those they represent. The people are fast losing their little remaining faith and trust in our parliamentary democracy and our political parties; businesses too are losing confidence in the stability of the political system which is acting against the liberty of the British.

‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ And herein lies the problem. British parliamentary democracy is divided against itself; this institution literally objects to once again becoming the sole institution of political power for the British people.

Now we British search for a higher power, an institution with the means to release us from this bind. For better or worse, there is a higher power. In fact the EU Parliament, the EU Council, the ECJ and the 27 EU member states have power they can exercise over Britain. If there is any political representation of the British in the institutions of the EU, this can be put to the test in what I trust will be the final act that the EU takes over Britain. The EU can insist that Article 50 is implemented to the full, and that we now leave without a new treaty or trade deal, ahead of the EU elections in May.

My message to the EU is clear: if you love us, let us go. And once we have left, we can restore our democratic institutions as we begin a new and independent chapter of friendship and cooperation with Europe and the world.