Vote Conservative and give Boris a majority – or else we lose Brexit entirely

Vote Conservative and give Boris a majority – or else we lose Brexit entirely

The pathway to delivering Brexit has already been a long one – and whether we successfully reach our destination now depends entirely on the result of this general election. The stakes on the eve of the UK going to the polls could not be higher.

Both of us became politically aware in the early 1990s, deeply uneasy at how John Major handed to Brussels unprecedented powers as he pushed the Maastricht Treaty through Parliament without recourse to the British people. At the time it was only a relatively small and brave cohort of politicians who were willing publicly to express their scepticism about the European project, let alone back withdrawal from the EU.

The UK then avoided getting dragged into joining the euro, thanks in no small part to the extra-parliamentary campaigning of the Referendum Party and the fledgling UK Independence Party, who were given mainstream credence by groups such as Business for Sterling and the European Foundation, which in turn influenced an increasingly eurosceptic Conservative Party. But with each new treaty that the European elite put on the table, more and more powers were seized from national governments; and the Labour governments of Blair and Brown merrily signed away those law-making powers and handed more and more money to Brussels, storing up resentment, bitterness and – frankly – anger at their disregard for our national sovereignty, which should rest with the British people.

And so it was, a few years down the line, when David Cameron announced his policy of renegotiation followed by a referendum, Matthew founded Business for Britain, which formed the foundation for the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum, of which he was Chief Executive. That referendum saw 17.4 million people vote to take back control of our laws, our money, our borders and our trade policy – and no politician or cause has ever achieved a greater mandate in British electoral history.

And on the back of that historic referendum victory, together we established the BrexitCentral website to promote a positive vision of Britain after Brexit and provide daily news and analysis of the UK’s departure from the EU. That was exactly three years and three months ago – and yet we still have not departed the EU.

There is no question that numerous members of the political class have badly let down the British public. Many of those who said in the aftermath of the referendum that they regretted the result but would not stand in the way of delivering the will of the people were clearly not telling the truth. Then there were the unelected peers threatening to do all they could to throw spanners in the works, which helped persuade then Prime Minister Theresa May to seek a fresh mandate with a general election in 2017.

Of course that 2017 election was supposed to be the Brexit election – but it wasn’t, not least because Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the form of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party were standing on the platform that “Labour accepts the referendum result”. Indeed, at that election well over 80% of voters backed parties with a manifesto commitment to accept the decision to leave the EU; but over the last two and a half years more and more politicians on both sides of the House of Commons have contrived to frustrate and delay the process and, in an increasing number of cases, sought to reverse or block Brexit altogether.

After Theresa May’s three failed attempts to push through a deal, the emergence of a new Prime Minister who was an enthusiastic cheerleader for Vote Leave and then the renegotiation by Boris Johnson that his detractors said was impossible, we now find ourselves at a watershed moment in which there are only two scenarios.

The first is that Boris Johnson secures a Conservative majority at this election, puts his Withdrawal Agreement Bill in front of MPs before Christmas and then secures our withdrawal from the EU by the end of January.

The second scenario is that Boris Johnson fails to get a Commons majority and an assembled hotpotch of Labour, SNP and Lib Dem MPs ensure that the Brexit we voted for in 2016 is blocked and a new referendum is held between Remain and a version of Remain they would call Brexit. And that referendum would in any case be rigged by giving the vote to 16-year-olds and EU nationals.

We are well aware that some of our readers are not totally enamoured of the Johnson deal. Of course it isn’t perfect. But it is the only form of Brexit on offer. The only alternative to the Johnson deal is no Brexit at all – which would mean that the last three and a half years would have been entirely wasted and all of us who believe in freeing ourselves from the shackles of Brussels would be back to square one as if the referendum had never happened. We believe that would be to betray the will of the 17.4 million.

Tempting as a vote for them may be to Brexiteers, the Brexit Party are not in a position to form a government. In fact, every vote for the Brexit Party – or any party other than the Conservatives – is simply one more vote towards creating another hung parliament that would kibosh Brexit entirely.

Boris Johnson led the Vote Leave campaign with gusto – an enthusiasm that was again on show earlier this week when he and former Labour MP Gisela Stuart were reunited on the campaign trail in support of a Conservative victory. And by giving Boris Johnson a majority in the House of Commons, we can not only get Brexit done, but also reinject into Parliament a sense of optimism and positivity about our country’s future as an independent, outward-facing, free-trading nation that has been missing for far too long. We urge BrexitCentral readers to vote Conservative.