The Battle for Brexit – Leave.EU

The Battle for Brexit took on added prominence this week as Parliament voted in favour of our exit being triggered by the end of March 2017. The vote came as Downing Street outmanoeuvred the opposition Labour party by amending a motion calling for a detailed Brexit plan. They won by 461-89 – an overwhelming majority of 372 – but six MPs appeared to forget who their employers were by defying their constituents’ desire to Leave and voting against the motion. Remember the following names next time you’re in the polling booth:

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Graham Allen (Labour, Nottingham North, 65% Leave)
Chris Evans (Labour, Islwyn, 58% Leave)
Paul Farrelly (Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 61% Leave)
Barry Sheerman (Labour, Huddersfield, 51% Leave)
Angela Smith (Labour, Penistone and Stocksbridge, 61% Leave)
Jonathan Edwards (Plaid Cymru, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, 54% Leave)
Should we be fooled into thinking the Remoaners will now stop Remoaning? Of course not! For their vote in favour of the government on Wednesday evening wasn’t a vote of confidence in Brexit but a calculated act of political self-preservation. The promise of a plan has given our pro-Remain Parliament the opportunity to delay Brexit once more.  They will return with a vengeance if the government doesn’t water down their Brexit plan, and with David Davis conceding that it’s ‘inconceivable’ Parliament won’t get another vote on the deal the war is far from over.The legal battle for Brexit resumed this week in the Supreme Court with a judgment expected towards the end of January. But just how significant could the judgment be? After all, the vote in Parliament on Wednesday was sufficient, right? As the judiciary seem intent on meddling in Parliament’s affairs, it would appear not. It seems increasingly likely, judging from the tone of the justices, that a binding Act of Parliament will be required to trigger Article 50. With the assent of the Remain-backing Lords required to pass such legislation, Brexit remains in the balance.
Meanwhile, the wave of democracy that swept Britain and America this year with the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump has hit mainland Europe. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was forced to resign after losing a pivotal referendum on constitutional reform. Anti-Euro leader Beppe Grillo has called for immediate elections, which his 5 Star Movement would be poised to win, but it remains to be seen if Italy’s political elites have the guts. Even Angela Merkel is getting swept along, changing her tune on the migration crisis and calling for a ban on the burka. All the right noises, but who can trust her?Unfortunately not everyone gets the message. The Dutch have decided to ignore the outcome of their own referendum from earlier this year and ratify visa-free travel for millions of Ukrainians. Yet another in a long line of referendums ignored by EU elites. Fortunately the Dutch will have a chance to send a message loud and clear next year, with patriot Geert Wilders expected to lead the largest party after the March elections there. Are we on the cusp of Nexit?
On the economic front this week: there was more strong growth for the services sector yet again, confounding Remainer fear-mongering; surveys showed recruitment holding firm as some suggested that Brexit would encourage more employees to practice responsible finance; house prices continued to trend upwards; new car sales found themselves on course for a record year; McDonald’s and chemical giant Ineos brought tax bases to the UK; a poll of economists rubbished recession threats and foresaw a bilateral UK-EU trade deal; a new report looked ahead to big pay rises next year; and good news for travel and tourism as Brexit lures in foreign travellers while British holidaymakers flock to book travel next year.Kind Regards,
The Leave.EU Team
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