Time to roll up our sleeves and ensure the Brexit we get is the Brexit we voted for

Time to roll up our sleeves and ensure the Brexit we get is the Brexit we voted for

Although I have written for BrexitCentral a couple of times, readers will be used to reading articles from my now former colleague, Rory Broomfield, who was until recently Director of The Freedom Association and Director of our ‘Better Off Out’ campaign. I have now taken over the reins of ‘Better Off Out’, and in response to Open Britain’s summer of campaigning, we are planning a summer of campaigning ourselves.

But first, let’s look where we are in the Brexit process. In an excellent article for this website, Independent Labour peer and Freedom Association Council member, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, said that “what the British people want now is tough leadership from the Government: the kind of leadership which makes it clear to the EU that we are not supplicants who can be pushed around and humiliated but a great country that, once freed from the EU incubus, will not only survive but thrive in the welcoming wider world.”

I couldn’t agree more with him. His words were echoed by Nick Timothy in the Daily Telegraph. As I travel the country, I meet Brexiteers who are worried that the final deal negotiated by the Government will not be what the 17,410,942 of us voted for on 23rd June 2016. I share their concerns. Theresa May appears like someone buffeted by prevailing winds with no real conviction. Yes, we hear that Brexit means Brexit. But doesn’t that soundbite sound hollow to you?

Reading between the lines, it sounds hollow to both Lord Stoddart and Nick Timothy; the latter being someone who knows the Prime Minister as well as anyone does. Now is the time for Theresa May to bat for Britain. She has to dodge the bouncers and take the fight to the opposition. Although she has allowed the likes of Juncker, Barnier, and Verhofstadt to call the shots, they have been willing participants. They regard the UK as the opposition – and we must reciprocate.  

Then there is the Cabinet. Any pretence of unity has disappeared. They remind me of our cats. We have three cats, and when one of them comes into the kitchen with a mouse between their teeth, they play with it; they put it through agony; and then finally when they are bored, they go for the kill. They could go for the kill much earlier, but that wouldn’t be fun. This is the way they are treating the Prime Minister. Even Larry, the Downing Street cat, wouldn’t approve.

Roadblocks need to be removed. Yes, I am talking about you, Philip Hammond and Greg Clark. If they then went on to help defeat the Government in key Brexit votes and bring it down, they would never be forgiven by Conservative members and huge swathes of the British public. Their careers would be over and their reputations would be in tatters. They would be very foolish to act in this way.

Back to what we at The Freedom Association plan to do in response. We have organised a number of street stalls across the country, including constituencies with MPs where a majority of their constituents voted to Leave, but are part of the Remoaner crew trying to wreck Brexit. MPs of all parties get concerned when they receive opposition from their constituents and their concerns magnify in inverse proportions to the size of their majority. We are heading to Broxtowe, Loughborough and Eddisbury in the coming days (a full list of this week’s activities is below). And over the summer there will also be some stalls in Sarah Wollaston’s Totnes constituency.

We are also campaigning in seats where Remainer MPs are respecting the true people’s vote, but perhaps need a nudge just to keep them on the right side. On 23rd June we pitched our stall in Hull city centre and spoke to residents there.

But where anyone wants to volunteer, we will happily supply them with campaign materials thanks to the generosity of our members. If you live in Winchester, Eastleigh, Basingstoke or Salisbury, look out for us.

If you would like to take part, encouraging fellow Leave voters to make a noise, write to their MPs and write to their local newspapers, then please email me via andrew@tfa.net.

We don’t have the millions available to Open Britain. But so what? The Remain campaign during the referendum was far better resourced – and we know what happened next.

Once again it is time to roll up our sleeves and get back on the campaign trail to ensure that the Brexit we get is the Brexit we voted for.

Here is a list of street stalls taking place this week:

Tuesday 3rd July from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. The Square, Beeston, NG9 2JG

Tuesday 3rd July from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB

Wednesday 4th July from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. Near the entrance to the Winsford Cross Shopping Centre, Winsford, CW7 1AS

Wednesday 4th July from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Kay Gardens, off Haymarket Street, Bury, BL9 0BL

Thursday 5th July from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. At the junction of Toll Gavel and Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9AX

Thursday 5th July from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm. Near the entrance to the Promenades Shopping Mall, Chapel Street, Bridlington, YO15 2DP