Hayes in the House: 'We must leave EU without delay' - by South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes
We must leave the EU without delay. No ifs, no buts.
Despite what cynics claim, it is not naïve or unrealistic to believe in our nation. Britain - the world’s 5th biggest economy - flourished before the EU and can certainly do so again.
The whole of history shows cathartic change provokes creative thinking, as nations, businesses and individuals grow when facing fresh challenges.
Brexit provides the opportunity, inhibited for years by membership of the introspective EU, to strengthen ties to old friends, like our Commonwealth cousins, and to forge new partnerships with nations across the globe.
The Government’s approach is clear - each and every Department is preparing, with diligent thoroughness for an orderly departure on WTO terms, beginning on November 1.
Despite much alarmist rhetoric, a no deal Brexit, far from signalling Armageddon, will signpost the route to new choices and new chances.
The UK and EU would be bound to reach numerous bilateral agreements ensuring the continuation of cooperation in areas of obvious and imperative mutual interest.
Such deals could be struck rapidly, as existing arrangements between the EU and other nations could be replicated. In addition, much work has already been done to ensure a smooth transition.
In the meantime, should the EU wish to negotiate a mutually beneficial deal, enabling the UK to take back control of our sovereignty, borders and laws, our negotiating team is willing to enter into immediate talks.
Yet, in truth, it seems that few within the ranks of the EU’s unelected bureaucracy are committed to reaching an amicable agreement with the UK.
Perhaps, because they are preoccupied by steps towards a European superstate. That 751 Members of the European Parliament continue to make enormously consequential legislative decisions on behalf of 510 million people, with little or no respect for the particular national circumstances of the radically disparate nations of the continent, is as unpalatable as it is impractical.
Simultaneously, if the Europhiles get their way, the protection of nation states by well-trained soldiers, sailors and airmen, looks all but certain to be replaced by an implausible pan-European fighting force.
When the exercise of authority is surrendered to detached, unaccountable and supranational bureaucrats, power and the people’s interests grow ever further apart.
We should all feel deeply troubled by privileged, London-based politicians plotting to use every tool at their disposal – including corrupting parliamentary procedure and precedent – to frustrate the clearly expressed democratic wishes of 17.4 million ordinary citizens.
Much of the remainer elite now make no effort to hide their disdain for the referendum and its result, with Lib Dems and Green Party leaders boasting that even if the leave vote triumphed in a second referendum, they would continue in attempts to block the result’s implementation.
Many who cast their vote for Leave in 2016 were working people, inspired to grab the opportunity for real change.
Their repeated vilification by the liberal establishment and their media cronies has damaged popular trust in our democracy.
The Lib Dem leader is now undermining public faith further by confirming her support for a shabby ‘remain alliance’, in which remainer parties will decide who amongst them in marginal seats is best placed to defeat ‘a leaver’.
We must respond with renewed patriotic enthusiasm for our cause.
For now is the time for all who believe in Britain; believe in the will of the people; and believe in Brexit to unite and fight for the best future for generations to come. That means our United Kingdom standing tall – independent, sovereign and in charge of its own destiny.