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Interim Manifesto, September 2018

Policies for the People

Save Our Brexit

For many years the people and government of the United Kingdom have felt that our membership of the European Union is a contentious issue, as we have seen it change from a purely economic union to a political union. On 23 June 2016 we were given an opportunity to settle the issue once and for all, using the democratic processes to which we are accustomed, and we had a referendum. The choice was to leave the European Union or remain and we chose to leave. The result was 51.9% Leave and 48.1% Remain, with a high turnout of 72.2%. The margin was narrow, but it had to be accepted nonetheless as a valid result, as it would have been in any other electoral event that requires a simple majority. But there were people in our country who don’t accept democracy and turned out on the streets demanding that the result should not be implemented. They are known as the “Remoaners” and are still active today (November 2018), making every possible effort to obstruct the progress of Brexit and even demanding a second referendum that they call a “people’s vote” (as if the people had not already voted).

It’s not obvious what would be on the ballot paper of a so-called “people’s vote”. When Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on 29 March 2017 the option to Remain ceased to exist. The two available options are to negotiate a deal with the European Union that will define our relationship with them, or to leave without a deal, and whatever we decide will be implemented on 29 March 2019.

Theresa May says “Leave means Leave”, as if she wants to acknowledge the will of the people, but she doesn’t really believe it. She is a Remainer and campaigned in support of Remain during the referendum. She has negotiated a deal that means Brexit in name only (BRINO). It keeps us in the single market and the customs union, and we will continue to be subject to the European Court of Justice, but we will have no say in the decision-making process and no representatives in the European Parliament. At the same time we will continue to pay our contributions as if we were members.

This is not what we call independence, it reduces us to a vassal state of the European Union, unable to make our own laws and unable to trade with the rest of the world on our own terms. The government has wasted too much time on this deal, they should have negotiated it on the basis that “no deal” is a practical possibility and put more effort into negotiating trade deals with the rest of the world.

The Prime Minister is currently trying to pacify us with the suggestion that we gain our independence at the end of a so-called “transition period”, when somehow everything is going to turn out right. The problem is, nobody seems to know when the transition period is going to end, it could go on for ever.

Parliament is aware of all these problems and the Prime Minister is facing a rebellion from within her own party, with Conservative MPs submitting letters of no confidence to the 1922 Committee to try and get rid of her. If they succeed, or even if they fail, we face the possibility of another General Election soon and we need to be ready for it.

What is UKIP’s position on the current Brexit deal? Gerard Batten, our Party Leader, has written a statement about it here.

Mike Gascoigne

20 November 2018