Get on the case of what’s best for Bri­tain

Western Mail - - WM2 | VIEWS OF WALES - H Thomas Neath

I VOTED leave in the 2016 ref­er­en­dum not be­cause I am an­tiEuro­pean but be­cause I con­sid­ered far too much of our des­tiny lay in the hands of un­elected of­fi­cials in Brus­sels.

The de­clared in­ten­tion of the EU rulers is to form a United States of Europe ca­pa­ble of match­ing Rus­sia and the United States of Amer­ica. The only vote that the peo­ple of the UK had on the sub­ject prior to that was for a Com­mon Mar­ket which con­sisted of six states of roughly the same stan­dards. Vot­ers in the 2016 ref­er­en­dum were free to vote as they saw fit and a clear ma­jor­ity voted Leave. What is trou­bling is not that trade and co-op­er­a­tion will sud­denly come to an end, but those who will never ac­cept the 2016 re­sult and have done all they could to over­turn it. The Tory gov­ern­ment of the day said it would im­ple­ment the re­sult. It has been said “peo­ple didn’t know what they were vot­ing for”. Judg­ing by the furore over the “Ir­ish back­stop”, lit­tle won­der!

The politi­cians who signed so much away in the Maas­tricht and Lis­bon Treaties cer­tainly didn’t be­live in ref­er­en­dums, peo­ple’s votes or other­wise. The present deal has its flaws. The Ir­ish back­stop needs to be trans­par­ent, tem­po­rary and exit-guar­an­teed by law. As for the op­por­tunists, grand­standers and oth­ers in Par­lia­ment, what­ever their mo­tives they are there to do the best for their con­stituents and for this coun­try while we still have a valid say in its af­fairs.

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