Image by Dean Cavanagh
Artists for Brexit joined with eighteen other Brexit groups to issue an important joint statement, published in The Telegraph on 20 November 2018.
"SIR – Since June 2016 there has been a voluble and well-funded campaign to overturn the EU referendum. Among the tactics used has been the claim that Leave voters did not understand what they were voting for.
Both sides of the Brexit campaign attracted support from across the spectrum of political views. Having interacted with them daily before, throughout and after the campaign, we can categorically state that they were all united by one aim – the need to reclaim parliamentary democratic sovereignty, so that long-term economic prosperity could be enjoyed by all in the United Kingdom.
The deal proffered by the Prime Minister is the antithesis of this. It is founded in a desire to minimise disruption to the status quo, rather than to restore sovereignty and maximise opportunity. At best it demonstrates a complete failure to understand the vote; at worst it deliberately holds the referendum result in contempt.
The Prime Minister and her advisers have approached the process as a disaster to be mitigated, foisted upon them by a recalcitrant electorate, rather than an opportunity to be grasped, and have squandered the largest mandate ever bestowed by the British electorate.
For those MPs who were elected to deliver upon this mandate, the choice is clear. If they believe in democracy, UK sovereignty and prosperity they should take courage in delivering for the small business owners, the just-about-managing, for the many not the few.
They should take back control and vote this deal down."
Brendan Chilton Labour Leave
Prof Patrick Minford Economists for Free Trade
Michael Lightfoot Artists for Brexit
Gawain Towler Museum of Brexit
Rebecca Ryan Campaign Director, StandUp4Brexit
Richard Tice Leave Means Leave
Lucy Harris Leavers of Britain
Brian Montieth Global Britain
Daniel Hodson City for Britain
Dr Graham Gudgeon Briefings for Brexit
Robert Oulds Bruges Group
Dr Lee Rotherham The Red Cell
David Banks Veterans for Britain
Ed Harden Alliance of British Entrepreneurs
Alison MacDonald Scots For Leave
Adam Lake Out and Proud
Patrick Dr Pelet Farmers for Britain
Arron Browne Fishing for Leave
Llyr Powell Centre for Welsh Studies