Last Saturday those who attended the UK Independence Party’s Conference in Bournemouth could have heard Gerard Batten MEP make a masterly speech in favour of unconditional withdrawal from the benighted European Union. Gerard’s cogent arguments are set out in a leaflet entitled “Referendum Victory! The Road to Freedom“.

By committing the UK to invoking ‘Article 50’ as the method by which we will seek to leave the EU the British Government has put itself in the unenviable position of being a supplicant at the EU table. What could suit British ‘remainiacs’ and the Brussels hierarchy better than the prospect of the long drawn-out and infernally complicated negotiations that must inevitably follow? As is so vividly demonstrated by the length of time that it takes the EU to negotiate trade deals with other countries the ‘Article 50’ route is bound to be long-winded, if only because getting 27 member states to agree across a wide range of disparate issues is so very, very fraught.

When Gerard Batten invited a show of hands as to whether Conference would prefer the UK Government to repeal the ‘European Communities Act 1972‘ rather than invoke ‘Article 50’ there was a spontaneous and overwhelming majority in favour of the former course of action and just one solitary hand raised for the latter.
On 23rd June Britain witnessed the biggest popular vote in its long, long history – 17,410,742 votes in favour of leaving the EU. The sequel to that emphatic and unambiguous expression of the popular will should have been a missive to Brussels or a deputation to tell the Commission that “We’re out, but if you guys want to continue trading with us on the current basis, the choice is yours”. By that means we could have avoided the interminable negotiations we now seem destined to endure and the very real fear that the end result will in any case be ‘fudged’.

But why negotiate? What is there to negotiate in the circumstances in which we have voted for the complete restoration of national sovereignty; for the right to be governed solely by the laws made in our own Parliaments and Assemblies; for the absolute right to control our own borders; for the freedom to negotiate our own trading arrangements with whichever other countries we choose; for our armed forces to be deployed solely at the behest of the Westminster Parliament and/or in concert with our NATO allies and for the administration of justice to be in accordance with the law of habeas corpus and all the other traditional defences and protections against state-inspired coercion, which are the genius of the British criminal justice system.

In the light of the Referendum result all of these things are palpably non-negotiable so let us ‘cut to the chase’ and get on with the serious business of creating lasting peace and prosperity as only a truly independent and democratic nation is free to do!