The EU Referendum

Jun2016HMGRemainPage1On 23 June 2016, the UK held a Referendum on on membership of the European Union.   Prior to the referendum, as part of the Remain campaign, the Government issued this booklet to every household to encourage residents to Vote Remain with stating false concessions achieved from the EU and false and misleading statements on the effect of a Leave vote result, please see page 8 of the document by clicking on the image to the left. 

The David Cameron and George Osborne ProjectFear campaign that forecast: wars within Europe, a punishment budget to the UK; falling GDP and 500,000 people losing their jobs if people voted Leave failed to persuade people to vote Remain.

EU Referendum Result

amspThe result of the EU Referendum was for Leave.  In Havant, 62.4% of residents voted to Leave and this was despite Havant Conservatives and the Havant Conservative MP, Alan Mak campaigning vigorously to Remain.

Please watch the video below on what a vote to Leave means (credit UKIP Debate YouTube channel).  This video makes it very clear that a vote to Leave means leaving the Single Market.

 Despite the UK Referendum result, Wales voted to Leave the EU and senior Conservatives made it very clear that a vote to leave was a vote to leave the Single Market.  However, even in 2018, the committed remainers in Theresa May's Government and who are engaged in the Brexit negotiations are doing their best to keep the UK effectively in the Single Market with May's Facilitated Customs Agreement. 

On Thursday 12 July 2018, The Government published the White Paper The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union.  This White Paper defines in more detail the proposals of Theresa May's Chequers Brexit Statement.

This White Paper is 104 pages long and it may be read:

The white paper statement includes the following sections:

  • Economic Partnership.
  • Security Partnership.
  • Cross-cutting and other cooperation.
  • Institutional arrangements.

The UKIP and my opinion is that Theresa May's White Paper is unacceptable and effectively retains the ties of the UK to the EU in a somewhat convoluted matter.  Furthermore, it is not in accordance with the UK's 2016 EU Referendum Result.

On Friday 6 July 2018, Theresa May and the Conservative cabinet agreed a collective position for the future of negotiations with the European Union on Brexit.  A statement was issued by HM Government following the meeting and this statement may be read:

The statement covered the:

  • The UK following a Common Rulebook for all goods, and indefinitely following EU regulations.
  • Joint jurisdiction on UK-EU agreements with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as arbiter.
  • A new "Facilitated Customs Agreement" with the UK collecting EU tariffs for goods onward bound to the EU.

The UKIP and my opinion is that Theresa May's Chequers Brexit statement is inconsistent with the Lancaster House Speech and it is not in accordance with the UK's 2016 EU Referendum Result.

On 17 December 2017, the Prime Minister, Theresa May delivered her Lancaster House speech in which she set out the Plan for Britain, including the 12 priorities that the UK government will use to negotiate Brexit.  This speech confirmed:

  • The UK will start post-Brexit life with the same regulatory landscape it had as a member of the EU.
  • Parliament the power to veto a final deal; should would mean exiting with No Deal if the veto is invoked.
  • The UK would leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and this implies leaving the Single Market.
  • The UK would continue with a Common Travel Area with Eire.
  • The UK would end the free movement of labour from the EU to the UK.
  • The UK will not pursue membership of the Single Market through the EEA. Instead, the UK will pursue a free trade agreement with the EU.
  • The UK will pay less into the EU budget, and may continue to make contributions to European organisations that the UK chooses to remains in.
  • Theresa May is giving notice that the UK plans to leave the Customs Union. This will allow us to conclude trade agreements with non-EU countries.
  • Theresa May wants that new relationship to have an “implementation phase” after the UK leaves the EU in Match 2019.

You may read a fuller explanation here; however, Theresa May made it very clear that the UK intended to leave the EU within the spirit of the result of the EU Referendum.