A joint message from our Chairman and President

Both of us have  opposed  our country’s absorption into “a country called Europe” since the Seventies. We each knew that there was something wrong with the project and that is was not the mere “Common Market” which the Government held it out to be.

Gradually we found groups of like-minded people and worked together with them over the years, eventually joining  CIB where we have the privilege of working with people from all parties and none to get our country back.

So the vote to leave the EU is the culmination of the hope and toil of decades. We thank our CIB colleagues who have worked so very hard in this campaign and all the volunteers from all groups whom we have been able to help with leaflets, advertising, funds, speakers and  arrangements for meetings and debates all over the country. Neither do we forget those who have gone before us and did not live to see this day. Their generous bequests have been put to good use to achieve this victory. From joining activists in the streets and talking to members of the public, we felt that opinion was moving in our direction more strongly than the opinion polls suggested. We believe it is these volunteers who got us the victory.

Groups have sprung up all over the country. It is important for them to keep in touch with each other and with us and not to disband. This Army of Democracy needs a rest and refit but its task is not  finished until we are finally out of the EU. Mobilised public opinion will be required to keep Parliament and Government to their promises. We will be working with other groups to keep this army in being and to improve its effectiveness.

So, whilst we are exhilerated by this victory, we cannot relax.

George West – President                                Edward Spalton – Chairman

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5 comments

  1. Gordon WebsterReply

    My thanks to all of you at CIB, for keeping me abreast of what is really happening, so that I could detect Media Lies when I read and heard them. As I say, the job isn’t over yet.

  2. Edward SpaltonReply

    Mr. Gravina,

    At present, we are working with others of various views, using our parliamentary and other contacts to influence the formation of a policy for Brexit before the real negotiations with the EU begin. Mr. Cameron would not let his civil servants make any plans for leaving the EU (“There is no Plan B”) so there is a vacuum to be filled in official thinking.

    We also have to be realistic. The negotiations will be conducted by a government commanding a majority in this Parliament. We now have fixed term parliaments and this one has nearly four years to run. The Conservative party, whose MPs have been at each others’ throats, will have to settle down to a realistic, achievable plan. Of course, part of our mission will be “to keep the b…..s honest” or, at least try to!

    We have to bear in mind that, apart from half the Conservative party, the DUP and the few Labour Leavers, the House is overwhelmingly Europhile. So we have a great deal on our plate for the next few years. Leaving the EU will not be a matter of “with one bound we are free” – even when formal independence is achieved- but the beginning of a fundamental change of outlook and policy after forty years of misdirection. So, we have quite enough to be going on with.

    Gordon,

    Thank you for your compliment. We have tried to remain level-headed throughout the campaign and to provide quality material. We are very pleased to have received similar comments from groups up and down the country to whom we supplied leaflets and other assistance.

    In the last few days of the referendum campaign, when the opinion polls were moving against us, I became increasingly convinced that we were going to win because of the thousands of cheerful, good natured activists who were working so hard in market places and on street corners across the country. I met people who had given up all their holiday to the campaign and others who were getting up at 5.00 am to go leafleting before they went to work, coming home and going out again to deliver leaflets in the evening. The spirit was tremendous and the response they were getting from the public was warm and supportive. I am quite convinced that these were the people who confounded the pollsters’ forecast.

    The job isn’t over. That is why we are asking people to keep in touch with each other and with us.

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