Does the Conservative Party actively wish to lose the next election and hand it to Jeremy Corbyn and a Momentum-led Labour Party? If so, they are going about it the right way, and David Davis’s decision to resign reflects this concern shared by many Tory MP’s.
The deal that Mrs May forced upon the Cabinet at Chequers is clearly a betrayal of Brexit, a reneging on the Conservative manifesto pledges to leave the Customs Union and Single Market, and a reversal of Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech that ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and we can take control of our laws, money, and borders. The proposal not only forces the UK to abide by a European Union common rule book overseen by the ECJ, but one which will prevent free trade arrangements on UK terms alone.
David Davis’s decision is not only honourable but also principled. As he said in his resignation letter, the Chequers deal would put Britain in “a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one” and does not allow a Brexit as the voters understood it and which the party had championed and campaigned on at the election. He also knows the membership of the Conservative Party does not support this, as the ConHome poll conducted over the weekend shows 60% of party members believe it represents a bad deal for Britain.
The resignation of Steve Baker is further proof that those who really understand how the EU controls our nation realise this proposal does not commit to Brexit. Everybody knows that controlling our borders and immigration, including from the EU, is not only the public’s number one concern but was the major factor in the referendum. It is absolutely clear from the Chequers proposal that it is the Government’s intention to renege on taking back control of our borders and allow uncontrolled freedom of movement.
The Government is attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of voters by renaming their new EU migration policy as the “mobility framework”, which will allow EU citizens to continue studying and working in the UK as they do now. In addition, there is the sly insertion of allowing all EU citizens to come to Britain at any time. Many will come for holiday, but will others will use this opportunity to seek and obtain work in the UK. This would effectively allow globalist corporates and our Remainer universities to ensure huge numbers of EU citizens continue entering our borders.
Whilst this stitch-up takes place, there is growing pressure on Theresa May from people within her party, including Ruth Davidson, Anna Soubry and Ultra Remainers, to drop the Government’s pledge of reducing net migration to below 100,000. Such a move would be electorally disastrous.
Mass migration creates a low-wage economy. It is a form of new age serfdom and modern slave labour. Worst of all, it asset strips workers from foreign countries creating labour colonialism. This may work for the metropolitan elite who want their lattes from Pret, but badly affects British workers. Is this the model post-Brexit immigration policy that Conservative MPs should be championing and one which the majority of the British people rejected in the referendum?
Successive governments have failed to respond to public demands for greater control of migration flows into Britain. Labour was in power for 13 years and during this time opened our borders like floodgates. Gordon Brown called Gillian Duffy “bigoted” when she questioned him on immigration. They simply didn’t listen to their voters.
Conservatives then set the target, but have done nothing to achieve this. Such complacency led to the frustration which enabled UKIP’s rise and culminated in the referendum result – and it appears now that they are not listening to the voters.
The Conservatives were elected on a manifesto committing to this immigration target. They have everything to lose if they abandon this promise. David Davis’s resignation should be a warning sign of the implications of a bad deal. Robbed of a proper Brexit and robbed of migration control, swathes of voters across the Midlands and the North, in marginal seats, will vote Labour simply to punish the Conservatives. They do not fear putting Corbyn in power; they have nothing to lose.