I must take issue with your correspondent John Hirst [Ill-prepared to leave Europe, Letters, July 1]. It must be remembered that while the Remain campaign had the authority of the current government behind it, the ‘Leave campaign’ (officially represented by Vote Leave) was not in a position to make any promises but only suggestions.
They could only put forward what they thought we should vote for i.e. not let our Supreme Court be subject to the European Court of Justice, decide who we let into the country treating applications from all parts of the world fairly, and make free trade agreements with whoever we want to.
I would like to point out that the ‘Leave campaign’ which consisted of several organisations (such as Vote Leave, LeaveEU and Grassroots Out) and included politicians of several parties, no longer exists. The people have decided and it is the new Prime Minister and his/her government that has to implement that decision.
The outgoing Prime Minister promised to implement the will of the people and it is he and his government who should have had a plan in the event of a Leave vote.
The government was so sure of a Remain win that they had no Plan B. The lack of a Brexit Plan cannot be blamed on the Leave campaign who have no power to implement a plan, but on the present government which should have had a plan in place for the possibility of a vote to Leave. It is the government that should have been prepared.
It appears that Mr Hirst like a very large number of Remainers, is a bad loser. The Prime Minister called the referendum, and although it may be advisory, he promised to accept the will of the people. The Conservative Members of Parliament are honourable people who have accepted the electorate’s decision and will vote to implement it.
I have not heard or read of any Conservative MP suggesting that we find ways of “getting round” the leave vote and remain in the EU, although one or two have suggested a further referendum on the terms we are able to negotiate.
The numbers made it very clear that the electorate voted to leave the EU. The execution of that will and the negotiation of the best terms possible falls squarely on the government of the day as promised by David Cameron.
As a member of the Eastbourne constituency, I have the same right as Mr Hirst to request our MP to put forward the contrary proposal that Article 50 be triggered without delay, if only to thwart the machinations of the whingeing Remainers who want by hook or by crook to cling to the European Union and defy the will of the majority of the electorate.
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