I appeared with my fellow North-West MEP colleague Claire Fox on Episode 3 of @BrexBox, the Brexit Party’s online TV channel which takes an irreverent, behind-the-scenes look at Brussels and Strasbourg by the Brexit Party MEPs. In this episode, presented by Martin Daubney, we were joined by Belinda De Lucy and discussed the outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May’s swipe at the Brexit Party and talk about the great big, EU jobs stitch-up.
I wrote for BrexitCentral about why the Brexit Party has become so popular so quickly. If the traditional parties cannot represent ordinary voters anymore, then we have real problems.
“Voters feeling that they do not have a party that represents them any more concerns me deeply. If people do not feel that they have any democratic influence then it is every man for himself and our society divides along ethnic, religious and tribal faultlines. It is not leaving the EU that is causing a rift in our society, it is staying in the EU, the lack of democracy and the refusal of politicians to honour their manifestos that causes the rift.”
Writing for BrexitCentral, I argue that the UK’s once-great fishing fleet has been devastated by EU rules. When we leave the EU, we must leave the Common Fisheries Policy.
“If you take a place like Fleetwood in Lancashire, which was once England’s third biggest fishing port, it now has no full-time fishermen left with the last remaining trawlerman recently putting his boat up for sale. This is absolutely disgraceful considering the fishing industry in Fleetwood used to employ 11,000 people. The decimation of the fishing trade is not only disastrous for coastal communities, but has economic implications for the whole country. British fishing communities may have had the backs of the Westminster elite turned on them for the past forty years, but this will not be the Brexit Party’s response.”
Speaking at a Brexit Party Rally in Chester on 6 May 2019, I told the crowd that, as an NHS dentist and trade union activist, the media promoted negative stereotypes of the Brexit voter are not true. ‘Far Right parties do not speak for me, nor do they speak for the overwhelming majority in this country.’
My article for BrexitCentral on how watching the experience of Danes being forced to vote again after voting against the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 has convinced me we need to push back against a political establishment that doesn’t want Brexit.
“In June 2016, unlike most in this country, I felt that I had seen it all before. It took me back to 2nd June 1992 when the Danish people stood up to the might of the European establishment and voted ‘No’ to the undemocratic Maastricht Treaty. I was part of that campaign in Denmark and the sense of relief and elation in 2016 was on par with what I had felt over two decades before.
“The relief, however, was short-lived. We were lulled into a false sense of victory by the political class. What is happening in the UK now also happened in Denmark in 1992: the establishment did not like the answer the people gave them, so we were forced to vote again based on threats and spurious promises.”