SO now we know what the so-called Independent Group is really all about.
It is about stopping Brexit. It is about preventing the enactment of the largest democratic vote in British history and frustrating the British people’s vote for independence from the European Union.
Reuters Anti-Brexit MPs Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston, who defected to The Independent Group
Yes, taking Orwellianism to dizzy new heights, this new political group poses as “independent” while seeking to overthrow the public’s desire to make Britain a properly independent nation again.
Of course many of us suspected this the minute the Independent Group (IG) was unveiled by seven disgruntled Labour MPs, including Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie and Luciana Berger, who has been subjected to vile anti-Semitic abuse by some prejudiced Corbynistas. And yet much of the discussion about IG has focused on its founding members’ disappointment with the direction
Labour has taken under Jeremy Corbyn’s weird leadership. So people could be forgiven for thinking this group was born of Labour’s internal strife rather than of the Brexit issue per se.
You can’t be forgiven for thinking that any more. Three Tory MPs, three Tory turncoats, have abandoned Theresa May’s Conservative Party and thrown their lot in with the Independent Group: Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen.
What do these three Tories share in common? They despise Brexit. Their cosying up to Chuka and Co confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt IG is a movement against Brexit and against democracy.
If this group becomes a new party, it will be a party against the people.
How much do IG’s new Tory members hate Brexit? Soubry devotes an extraordinary amount of moral and political energy to raging against it and the idiots, as she sees us, who voted for it.
She says we were “tricked, lied to, and conned”, as if we were wide-eyed children rather than adults who can make up our own minds about Britain’s future.
Soubry, like the seven Labourites who founded IG, of course wants a second referendum. Or a “People’s Vote”, as they dishonestly call it, overlooking the fact we had a People’s Vote in June 2016, the largest people’s vote in UK history, in which Brexit won convincingly.
Like many Remoaners, Soubry initially said she’d accept the referendum result. Yet now she’s gone back on that. Why would anyone trust such a flip-flopping politician?
Sarah Wollaston, the MP for Totnes, is even worse. In the run-up to the referendum she initially campaigned for Leave but then she defected to the Remain camp. But after the referendum she said MPs’ job is “to actually implement” the result. Parliament was given a “clear instruction” by the people, she said: leave the EU.
Fast forward nearly three years and Wollaston is refusing to implement our “clear instruction”. Instead she’s agitating for a second referendum. She says Brexit won because Leave campaigners “play[ed] on people’s fears”. Wollaston’s shift captures why so many people no longer trust politicians. With politicians like her, the IG is not going to win many hearts and minds.
Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, is another second referendum agitator. And she is explicit about the need to include the option of staying in the EU in any so-called “People’s Vote”. So a second vote wouldn’t, as some Remoaners dishonestly claim, simply put May’s final deal to the public. It would be about forcing the public to this time obey our political masters by voting to stay in the EU.
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The arrival of these three Tories into the arms of IG confirms what this group is all about. It is a new party of the elite. It is a political outfit for snobs and authoritarians. It is a space for hypocrites and anti-democrats. It is a group that will devote itself to one thing: waging war against the greatest act of democracy in UK history.
Don’t believe the hype about the three Tory defectors taking a stand against the “hard right” in their former party or the seven Labour MPs seeking to offer an alternative to Corbynism.
The only thing these people will take a stand against is you and me and the millions of other people who voted to leave the EU. This is something new and really worrying: a political party that doesn’t want to stir up the democratic spirit but to suppress it.
PA:Press Association Parliament’s fifth largest party, The Independent Group: (back row left to right) Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, Chuka Umunna and Mike Gapes, (middle row, left to right) Angela Smith, Luciana Berger and Ann Coffey, (front row, left to right) Sarah Woollaston, Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Joan Ryan
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