“I am disappointed by the outcome of this case. There were strong legal arguments put forward on both sides, and ultimately I had hoped that the government’s case would prevail because it would have reduced the risk of even greater delay to the British people’s decision to leave the European Union.
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
A Middlesbrough lunch club is to have a guest visitor tomorrow (Wed) – the town’s UKIP Euro-MP Jonathan Arnott.
Mr Arnott will be attending a barbecue organised by Tickle The Taste Buds Lunch Club at The Christian Center Building, Loxley Road, Thorntree.
The club, which relies on donations of food and money, provides a free two course meal every fortnight and Mr Arnott said he was delighted to accept the invitation to experience the work of the organisation at first hand.
The group started 17 years ago to feed the homeless and get people housed but now helps people with a wide range of problems and issues.
“I cannot praise the work of this organisation highly enough,” said Mr Arnott.
“They are doing a fantastic job helping people in society who need it the most and I am looking forward to meeting the organisers and seeing if I can help in anyway in my role as local MEP,” he added.
About 40 people are expected to attend tomorrow’s lunch which starts at noon.