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Spalding and Deepings MP Sir John Hayes: 'Facing down the anti-Brexit alliance of nitpickers and doom-mongers"

I have struggled against the excesses of the European project for as long as I can remember.

Over those years the European community metamorphosised from a trading block to a superstate, from a common market to a political union. Through successive treaties, every one of which I have strongly opposed, most of the British people have become less and less impressed by a costly pan-European project so beloved of the privileged classes.

We must leave the EU because of an essential principle –healthy democracy depends on where power is exercised and how it is held to account. When political power is detached from its effect - as when ceded to Brussels and Strasberg - it first becomes careless and ultimately risks being corrupted.

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