|A week is a long time in politics, and when it is a week where Philip Hammond hogs the headlines, it is a very long week indeed! The man is a walking black cloud; someone who sucks the life out of a room the moment he enters it. Failing to properly plan for a “no deal” is a dereliction of duty and plays straight into the hands of the EU. I know that Steve Baker, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, is charged with contingency planning, however, Hammond holds the purse strings. Hammond has made it clear that he’s not going to provide the cash that Steve needs to do his job properly. If Theresa May is to be taken seriously when she says that “no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal”, we have to show that we are preparing for a no deal scenario. If we don’t, we look like idiots. If the Prime Minister wants to be in power rather than just being in office, she has to lead. If the Chancellor of the Exchequer cannot change his ways (which I think we all know he can’t), then Mrs. May has to change her Chancellor. If she is not in a position to do that, all of those people who think that it is essential she remains in post to ensure that there’s a proper Brexit, are going to be very disappointed.
I had meetings in and around Westminster last week and I have to report that the mood amongst Brexiteers is not good. Take this scenario. After 29 March 2019, the transition period goes on for longer than three years (entirely possible), and we then have a Labour Government in power after the next general election. There is nothing stopping the new Government extending the transition period and then calling another referendum on our membership. It’s called doing a Harold Wilson. Cue then yet another round of Project Fear.
That scenario was painted to me by Brendan Chilton, the man who so successfully ran the Labour Leave campaign last year. He knows what’s going on inside the Parliamentary Labour Party and he is rightly concerned.
We are doing our bit by printing and distributing tens of thousands of leaflets as part of our ‘Stop Blair’ campaign. (To order leaflets, please see below) It is important that the public are reminded why they voted for Brexit last year. And they will need constant reminders to stiffen the sinews and summon up the blood. We are also looking to reforge the successful alliances we built-up last year during the referendum campaign. It’s vitally important that we all work together.
Jean-Claude Juncker made it clear last week that all the EU is interested in is our money. He doesn’t give a damn about people or democracy. It’s all about the EU’s continuing power grab. Its expansionist policies need funding, and the EU fully intends to screw every penny it can from its current second largest net contributor.
I urge you all to get behind the team at The Freedom Association as we seek to ensure the democratically expressed will of the British people is upheld.