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RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Put Philip Green in charge of Brexit… they’d pay us to leave

If Sir Philip Green was in charge of Brexit, the EU would pay the UK to leave, writes Richard Littlejohn
If Sir Philip Green was in charge of Brexit, the EU would pay the UK to leave, writes Richard Littlejohn

How did you vote in the General Election in June? Oh, that’s right, we didn’t have one. We had a referendum on membership of the European Union.

So why are the political class behaving as if we actually held an election? We’ve got a new Prime Minister, new Cabinet, new policies on everything from grammar schools to corporate crime.

The Boys in the Bubble have treated us to extensive profiles of some bloke with a beard from Birmingham, who is said to be running the country these days. He’s called Nick Timothy and he’s a special adviser to Mother Theresa. I don’t recall voting for him, do you?

What we haven’t got is any tangible progress on what 17.4 million British people really voted for almost three months ago — our prompt departure from the corrupt, sclerotic, imploding EU. When you put your cross in the box marked ‘Leave’, did you think that you were electing a brand new Government dominated by ministers who all backed Remain?

Thought not.

But that’s what we’ve ended up with: a Cabinet in which the majority of members — including the Prime Minister — never wanted to leave in the first place. May I remind you that at a meeting of her own constituency party shortly before the referendum, Mother Theresa was the only person in a room full of 200 people who wanted to stay in the EU.

So did Philip Hammond, now Chancellor of the Exchequer. So did new Home Secretary Amber Rudd. How many people who saw Look Back In Amber spewing schoolgirl bile at Boris Johnson during the televised referendum debate could have imagined that one consequence of voting Leave would be to make her Home Secretary? Precisely.

Be honest, do you trust any of the triumvirate at the top of government to deliver the clean break the majority of the British people voted for? Me, neither. Mother Theresa seems to think she can get away with mouthing ‘Brexit means Brexit’ while doing absolutely nothing to make it happen.

The Three Brexiteers — David Davis, Boris and Liam Fox — were thrown in the sack together precisely so that they would fight like rats. Then they can be blamed if and when the negotiations with the Eurocrats go pear-shaped.

The Three Brexiteers — David Davis, Boris and Liam Fox — were thrown in the sack together precisely so that they would fight like rats

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister carries on as if she’s got a mandate to do whatever she wants, especially with Labour a complete basket case. And top of her list seems to be dragging out Brexit for as long as is humanly possible.

Regular readers will be well aware that I’m no fan of May. She spent the referendum campaign hiding behind the sofa and was on the wrong side of history when the result was announced. She was also the Home Secretary who presided over record levels of immigration, both from within the EU and from outside.

Boris was accused of siding with Leave for reasons of pure personal ambition. But you could say exactly the same about May’s decision to go with Remain.

With Call Me Dave and Boy George dead in the water following the Leave vote, she was in pole position to inherit the keys to No 10. Tory MPs, the majority of whom backed Remain, were never going to support a Boris leadership bid.

OK, so when the music stopped maybe there was no alternative. Reluctantly, I would agree that a couple of months of madness while the Tories chose a new leader wasn’t an enticing prospect.

And admittedly, some of her new policies are attractive. But all this is displacement activity. The only mandate she has is getting us out of the EU as soon as possible.

In case you have forgotten, the question on the ballot paper said this: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

 Theresa May spent the referendum campaign hiding behind the sofa and was on the wrong side of history when the result was announced

Not much ambiguity there. It didn’t contain any caveats, such as: ‘Should we leave, but only if we can negotiate a deal like Norway, which involves paying money to the EU and accepting most of its laws?’

It didn’t say: ‘Should we leave but stay in the single market and swallow all the rules which go with it, including freedom of movement for everyone in Europe?’

Nope, we decided convincingly that we did not wish to remain a member of the EU, with everything that entails. As I wrote in the immediate aftermath of the referendum, as soon as the political class started to muddy the waters: ‘Which part of LEAVE don’t they understand?’

It’s bad enough that the anti-democratic Remoaners refuse to accept the result and are demanding a second referendum.

What’s worse is that those charged with getting us out seem to have no sense of urgency and keep magnifying the so-called ‘obstacles’ — of which the latest ‘Project Fear’ scare about having to pay a fiver for a visa to visit Europe is the most pathetic. Why are we even discussing it?

Britain voted for Brexit, we didn’t vote for Theresa May -  If she wants to remain Prime Minister, she would do well to remember that
Britain voted for Brexit, we didn’t vote for Theresa May –  If she wants to remain Prime Minister, she would do well to remember that

Take the obsession of the political class with staying in the ‘single market’. Of course we want tariff-free trade with Europe. But that’s not what the ‘single market’ means. It also involves accepting the jurisdiction of the European Court, unlimited immigration from the EU, and a whole raft of unnecessary rules and regulations.

Then we’re told we haven’t got enough trained negotiators. How many do we need? Why not let Philip Green rehabilitate his reputation by sending him to negotiate with Brussels? If he wants to keep his knighthood, let him earn it.

Give him a week and he’d do them up like a hareng fumé (that’s French for kipper). They’d end up paying us to leave.

 Here’s the deal: we’re off. No ifs, no buts. If EU politicians and industrialists want to do a post-Brexit deal with us, they know where we are. We don’t have to grovel. We’ve got a winning hand.

Where is it written that we can only leave if we agree to the EU’s terms? Nowhere. The Europeans have got more to lose than we have when it comes to trade. We import more from them than they do from us.

Are they really going to turn their backs on one of their biggest export markets just to score a few pathetic political points?

In June, the British people demonstrated their faith in our future as a flourishing independent nation, in control of our own borders and our own destiny.

So what are we waiting for? Churchill used to slap stickers saying ‘Action This Day’ on memos to his ministers and civil servants.

Mother Theresa should show the same sense of urgency. Invoke Article 50 now and get us out within two years, tops. Stop prevaricating, just do it. The Brexit vote was the most seismic decision this country has taken in half a century.

If the referendum had been a General Election based on existing constituencies and Leave had been a political party, it would have won by a landslide — taking 423 out of the 650 parliamentary seats.

Britain voted for Brexit, we didn’t vote for Theresa May. If she wants to remain Prime Minister after the next General Election, she would do well to remember that.

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I agree with All that Littlejohn states but don’t be fooled he is a closet remainer as well. He knows that all the UK’s treaties with the EU are illegal yet he does not write about that. Remember if you are caught out doing something illegal, you have to stop. We just leave. Simple as that. All the laws since 1972 which gave away our sovereignty (control) would revert back to the laws as they stood in 1972. They are conning you folks as is Littlejohn.

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