Chairman’s Statement 11th July 2016

Since the referendum result, we have been holding informal discussions with friends and allies from left to right of the political spectrum about the best way to keep pressure on the government to deliver its BREXIT promise.

In the midst of such discussions on 11th July, we heard that that Mrs Leadsom had withdrawn from the Conservative leadership election and that Mrs. May would therefore be the new Prime Minister – and very much more quickly than expected.

Whilst many campaigners would have preferred a Brexit campaigner, Mrs May has reasserted her determination to deliver BREXIT and she now effectively has another two months to hasten the process. We intend to give her every encouragement in that.

Mr. Cameron was so confident of a “Remain” vote that he had forbidden the civil service to make any “Plan B” for leaving. So it would be ridiculous to urge the government into prematurely starting negotiations  before  it has had time to formulate its policy and negotiating strategy.

There is a period now when the Independence Movement  has an opportunity to make its views known to those in authority before negotiations with the EU start.  This has come rather sooner and more urgently than we expected.

 We have to bear in mind the parameters under which the decisions will be made and to be realistic. In the House of Commons  roughly half the Conservative party, the DUP and the Labour rebels were  for BREXIT. The other half of the Conservative party and everybody else was either pro EU or at least EU-acquiescent – an overwhelmingly Europhile House. The House of Lords is even more solidly  ( and rather defiantly) Europhile.

So the delivery of BREXIT will largely depend on the discipline of the Conservative party in keeping its Europhile MPs to its policy of leaving the EU. Some people have demanded a general election but we now have fixed term parliaments. This one has nearly four years to run – an adequate time for the government to deliver its promise and to have an independence settlement in place, up and running by the time of the next general election in May 2020. We in CIB want to do everything to ensure that this is what happens and that the terms are the most favourable possible from a trade point of view whilst establishing unequivocally that our country is definitively, irrevocably independent from the EU’s political project.

Shouting slogans will not do it. We have to focus our efforts in a disciplined way and apply them to the situation as it exists. This we are trying to do to the best effect but it is going to take some more time to establish a common general approach amongst the diverse Independence Movement.

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  1. David LonsdaleReply

    We need to ensure that our fishing grounds are brought under full UK control with priority gfiven to UK fishermen. Any licences issued to foreign owners must have a time limit on them.

    Our fishermen must not once again be pawns in the negotiations.

  2. BarryReply

    Whilst there were many reasons to vote Leave, I believe one of the main reasons that many people did so was to have more control over immigration from the EU and if the government doesn’t enable this to happen by kowtowing to EU demands that we can’t do this and retain access to the Single Market then many people will be very disappointed and feel cheated of their vote to leave. I hope the government fully understands the reasons why so many voted to leave as if they don’t and this is one example of that then this won’t help to reconnect politics and the House of Commons with the people and could have some dangerous consequences in the future.

  3. MarkReply

    I think a big reason a lot of people voted leave was to have control of our borders and immigration not just from the EU but the rest of the world too!

    If you ask me the main concern is not primarily immigrants from Poland or elsewhere in Eastern Europe although this has been far too many in numbers, and undercut native labour whilst depressing wages and taking jobs.

    No the primary concern for most ordinary people is immigration from Asia and Africa particularly Muslim immigration, which by way of bogus devices such as ‘asylum’ and turning a blind eye to illegal immigrants the establishment is turning whole swathes of our country especially inner cities into a foreign land, making the indigenous Britons an alien in our own land!

  4. John HockingReply

    One should always vote for the choice that will give the greatest scope for development and change for our country, so Brexit was a no-brainer ! At last Britain has taken the lead and shown some initiative instead of being a complaining sheep in the EU sheepfold. We have rejoined our ancestors – a proud tradition.

  5. BarryReply

    I agree Mark. I don’t think many people have too many concerns about Polish or other EU immigration provided the numbers are not excessive which they have been due to the loony complete ‘freedom of movement’ rules. This EU law affects us in particular because we not only have a higher standard of living than Poland does and this draws people to come here but our language is also a very significant ‘draw factor’ as it the first foreign language many people learn. Poles ect can adapt to our society in small numbers but others too often show they can’t or or not wiling to do so especially muslims and as we saw tragically again in Nice this can be very dangerous indeed for the native people.

  6. Gordon WebsterReply

    I agree. The job is far from over, until the Acts which illegally cede power to Europe must be repealed before any thought of victory can be claimed. That is where our biggest problem will lie. However, I feel that many in Labour realise that they have lost their traditional voting areas, when you look at the pattern of LEAVE Votes. Will they become Brexiteers to save that vote? Or will they prefer oblivion, at the hands of UKIP?

  7. John AshworthReply

    David, rest assured we are doing everything we can to make sure the Fisheries subject is attended to. However, we do have a problem in that not all fishermen/fishermen’s organisations will support the cause because they want to protect the short term of the share out they presently get, without a thought of the long term future. That is a concern, and it must be remembered the marine resource in our 200 n. mile/median line zone belongs to the British people.

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