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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

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Boris Johnson: a Churchillian moment

France political commentators have for months patiently waited for Boris Johnson to renegade on his promise to the electorate. They have sought to help him pretend that we have left the EU whilst keeping close ties with the superstructure.

The European Union has sought to manipulate our exit from the get-go and have struggled to retain control of the narrative and the timetable.

  • Remember how the EU endeavoured to lobby our parliamentarians for an extension.
  • Remember how Eurocrats concerned when UK negotiator Lord Frost was appointed National Security Adviser.
  • Remember how EU negotiator Michel Barnier was left speechless by the UK's government to end talks on 15th October.
  • Remember how they have now issued their very own ultimatum threatening Boris to pull the bill out.

This is all about control and survival for the European Union.

There is a greater issue at play here and that is the future of the United Kingdom and its institutions. Brexit has shown that 40 years in the European Union and three Tony Blair mandates have neutered our institutions. The House of Lords has more Liberal Democrats backers than the number of seats they have won in the last general election in the House of Commons; the Supreme Court has ventured into the political realm by stating that the decision to prologue parliament was unlawful (one could remember that nothing of substance occurred once parliament resumed except for poor spectacle of MPs with signs demanding to be heard whilst they ignore the pleas of the electorate). It is indeed time to put an end to this game and settle score.

The greatest error of a politician is to pretend that all is forgiven and forgotten whilst on the other side the enemy awaits. It is a grave error to underestimate the issue of Brexit and what it means for those who have been its fiercest critics over four years. It was a mistake to pause and regroup, PM should have aggressively built on his momentum.

Boris Johnson is a political anomaly for many; he has achieved a majority with Conservative and Labour voters alike. David Cameron had to join forces with the Liberal Democrats, who introduced the Fixed Term Parliament Act, which led to so much of the paralysis. There needs to be a degree of accountability from our representatives and PM should legislate on the right of constituents to elect an MP should that they choose not to honour their commitment to their party's agenda. Boris Johnson has achieved the impossible and Tories know as much but they are using a weakened PM courtesy of Coronavirus to challenge him and his authority publicly. It should not be long until he is deemed to have lost the trust of his colleagues over Brexit or Coronavirus leading to a leadership challenge. This will allow a newcomer to take charge of the party and the country with a subservient deal, by then Brexit fatigue would have set and we would be deemed none the wiser to the subterfuge.

Boris Johnson is on the right side of history and must stand firm if he wants to join Winston Churchill in the history books. Those who would like to join him would do well to join the fight instead of hiding behind the chief.

The European Union is not a friend, it is an enemy who will stop at nothing to humiliate the UK at any opportunity it is given. Remember that the European Union is trying to deter any countries trying to follow us out. Do not give up, do not give in, and fight as if your life depended on it because Prime Minister, your life does depend on it.

Lastly, we must ask ourselves what is Vauxhall doing in defence of the realm? 

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