This is the kind of deal you do when you lose a war

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

DO you want to live in an EU colony as a vas­sal state with no demo­cratic way to in­flu­ence our laws? If not, ir­re­spec­tive of how you voted in the EU ref­er­en­dum, write to you MP im­plor­ing him or her to vote to re­ject the ap­palling with­drawal agree­ment Theresa May has ca­pit­u­lated into with the EU. The ‘Ir­ish Back­stop’ locks us into sub­servience to the EU till they, not us, agree to let us go.

This is the sort of sur­ren­der deal a coun­try agrees to af­ter be­ing de­feated in war. It must be re­jected. Far from ‘tak­ing back con­trol’ it does the op­po­site, sur­ren­der­ing British sovereignty to the EU and its courts. Dur­ing an im­ple­men­ta­tion pe­riod whose end date is, in ef­fect, to be de­ter­mined by the EU, there will be noth­ing we can do to stop the EU pass­ing laws dam­ag­ing to British busi­ness and our na­tional in­ter­ests. As a proud na­tion, Bri­tain must not ac­cept this dread­ful, hu­mil­i­at­ing and dan­ger­ous out­come of Mrs May’s bun­gled ne­go­ti­a­tions in which the EU have out­wit­ted her and her spine­less cabi­net, end­ing up with Bri­tain over a bar­rel, a rule taker from the EU with no say in the mat­ter and no es­cape with­out EU agree­ment!

If the cur­rent with­drawal agree­ment is not re­jected in par­lia­ment, both the Con­ser­va­tive and the Labour par­ties will be break­ing their man­i­festo prom­ises to im­ple­ment the ref­er­en­dum re­sult, to leave the EU, its sin­gle mar­ket and cus­toms union.

Point this out to them when you write to your MP, as I have done in a mis­sive to David Tredin­nick MP who, as far as I know, to his shame, has not so far pub­licly stated he will vote against this deal, un­like many other Con­ser­va­tive MPs who have made their op­po­si­tion known. How can any MP jus­tify sup­port­ing this sur­ren­der deal? With ‘the clock tick­ing’, as an al­ter­na­tive, though not ideal, it is look­ing as if a ne­go­ti­ated, mu­tual dam­age-lim­i­ta­tion, ‘no deal’ Brexit on WTO terms by a new, com­pe­tent Prime Min­is­ter is now the only vi­able op­tion if the Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment is to hon­our its com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment the peo­ple’s vote in the ref­er­en­dum.

Colin New­man (Dr)

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