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The House of Lords has dealt a blow to Theresa May’s government by voting for ministers to report on negotiations for continued membership of the customs union post-Brexit. In what was the 7th largest turnout in the history of the Lords, Remainers lined up frustrate our departure from the EU. Former Scotland Secretary Lord Forsyth said the vote was an attempt to create confusion and division in the Commons, adding that this was carefully orchestrated and “with a view to preventing Brexit going ahead”.
We would be wise to get used to this. Even post “Brexit”, we are likely to find ourselves immersed in EU rules and regulations, trying to manoeuvre a way out for years to come. That’s if we get to a ‘post-Brexit’ era at all, and the whole idea of leaving hasn’t been kicked in to the long grass indefinitely.
Only public opinion can save Brexit, but to ignite the passions of the public, our discussion must be widened beyond economic issues (which are transient) and greater focus must be placed on the kind of Europe future generations will inherit (which is permanent).
People need to understand that the European Union was devised to bring about the eventual end of democratic nation-states, to be replaced with centralised bureaucracy. What it means for us is we will simply have no say in how our society is run. We will be answerable to the state, and not the other way round. There will be no going back from this.
Not having a say means we’ve been subjected to enormous change in Europe, and it has not been change for the better. Despite widespread polls showing growing numbers of Europeans are unhappy about mass immigration, the numbers of migrants arriving daily rarely changes.
People also need to understand that the European Union is behind this mass migration, and compliant national governments continue to do its bidding. What’s at stake is the kind of Europe that the next few generations will live in; will it be a safe and free Europe, or one with tribal and religious warfare on its streets? If we don’t rid ourselves of the European Union, the latter is the most likely outcome.
We have to change how we talk about the European Union, we have to think beyond it, to think of a Europe after the EU. We need to widen our vision and aim higher – we will never be free of the EU until there is no EU, until it has been completely dismantled.
The first task is to believe it can be done. It can. Across the continent, there is a growing appetite for the return of the nation-state, a restoration of democracy, and an end to globalism. This is the time to grab on to that momentum, to be a part of it, and to strengthen the spirit of democracy emerging.
We must present a vision of a Europe of friends and neighbours, who trade together, work together on common interests, and who share a common European identity and heritage. We will not allow the further erosion and marginalisation of ancient and beautiful European cultures, but bring them to the forefront again. We will celebrate ourselves and restore some pride.
We must look ahead with positivity. We must work with friends and colleagues across Europe with the aim of ridding ourselves of this remote and unaccountable power that governs us. We’ll create a free Europe and a safe Europe. We will return all of those people who shouldn’t be here, and we’ll start putting the needs of our own people first. We can only do that when the EU collapses. It is creaking now, we must push it over.
Anne Marie Waters
Leader of For Britain