The following is a letter sent to a senior member of government, Justice Minister David Gauke, about the ongoing Brexit process
I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr Richmond on numerous occasions, a deeply thoughtful and intelligent man who could not be further from the Remain myth of all Brexiteers being uneducated, insular oafs. His direct and revealing communication is well worth a read
Dear Mr Gauke
According to Mao Zedong, ‘Politics is war without bloodshed’. Most of the electorate, justifiably, perceive this aphorism as a metaphor for Parliament’s acrimonious debates surrounding Brexit. Especially since, amongst all the furore, most MPs are deliberately ignoring that the referendum asked the electorate to decide whether we wish to leave the EU, not whether we wanted ‘a deal’. Moreover, in the absence of negotiating any better future relationship, we would trade with the EU, as we do with most nations, under WTO rules. In other words ‘a deal’.
Previous correspondence stated it unwise to treat the electorate as stupid, even if not very erudite. This impression is conveyed by most Ministers, MPs, Big Business, the Elite, the EU and, not least, the Prime Minister. Such disdain ignores that the cost of MPs salaries, expenses and ‘jollies’ (sorry, fact finding missions!), falls on the electorate.
Contrary to assiduously cultivated opinion, leaving the EU is not about trade, however important. Rather, it concerns Britain’s ability to control its laws, borders, taxation, security, trade and foreign affairs. In a word, Sovereignty. Nothing in the Oath of Allegiance, sworn by all MPs and Peers to the Crown, cedes any kind of control or Sovereignty to any foreign government or entity. The Withdrawal Agreement, continually promoted by the PM, will ensure Britain becomes a vassal of the EU; and the common rules and regulations of a Customs Union will prevent us formulating trading conditions that suit our interests. Each are breaches of the 1689 Bill of Rights, which, as Minister for Justice, you must know.