The UK and especially the North East voted overwhelmingly for Brexit. The British people sent a very clear message to Westminster – we want to leave the European Union. It is a shame that not all of our politicians seem to have heard this message – perhaps some have chosen to outright ignore it.
It has frustrated me to hear Lib Dem, Labour and Tory MPs talking about how they plan to keep the UK within the EU. Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has possibly been the worst offender; he has often spoken about his desire to ignore the referendum result, but recently he raised the possibility of even deeper UK-EU integration through UK membership of both the Euro and Schengen!
Brexit has the biggest political mandate in UK electoral history – over 17 million people voted to leave the European Union. It is a democratic outrage that many MPs (who are supposed to serve the people) are threatening to ignore a clear mandate from the British people.
Many of those who voted for Brexit already felt left behind by the political elite – public trust in the British political system will be shattered forever if politicians continue down this dangerous road.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East