Why I’m still standing for the Brexit Party

Defeating Labour must be the priority of all democrats.

David Axe

Topics Brexit Politics UK

My decision to become a candidate for the Brexit Party was an easy one. Until April of this year, there was no single party that credibly represented the demand to ‘take back control’ that underpinned the 2016 referendum result. Prior to this, Leave voters were politically homeless, with – apart from some honourable exceptions – both the Conservatives and Labour lying about their intention to respect the Leave vote. Then came the Brexit Party and its stunning success in the European elections.

When the Brexit blockers in parliament finally relented and allowed for a General Election, I was looking forward to standing in my home constituency: Chingford and Woodford Green. My nomination papers were ready for submission and I was ready to take on the Tory incumbent, Iain Duncan Smith. But then the decision was taken by the leaders of the Brexit Party not to contest the seats won by the Conservatives in 2017. For me, this was a huge blow.

It has been clear for a long time now that the UK will not properly leave through any withdrawal agreement agreed with the EU. Theresa May’s ‘deal’ would have kept us tied to the EU for years to come. But despite being roundly rejected by parliament on three occasions, May’s terrible deal is back in the guise of Boris Johnson’s ‘new’, ‘oven-ready’ deal.

This is a binding international treaty, which, if signed, would preserve EU law and the supremacy of the ECJ, keep us under a renamed Common Fisheries Policy, and prevent us from having an independent foreign and security policy for years to come. We would still have to pay at least £33 billion in the divorce settlement. Johnson’s tweaks have not transformed May’s ‘vassal-state stuff’ into a path to independence. The treaty means handing over control rather than taking it back.

I would have gladly made these points against IDS and the Conservatives on the campaign trail. But, at the end of the day, the decision to stand down against IDS was the right one. Since the 2017 election, Chingford and Woodford Green has been a marginal seat. If I had stood, I could have split Leave supporters and helped secure a victory for Labour and for Remain.

When the opportunity came to stand for the Brexit Party in a Labour-held seat, I gratefully took it. Rushanara Ali, the Labour incumbent for Bethnal Green and Bow since 2010, is campaigning on Labour’s Remain platform.

Labour’s Brexit policy has been widely mocked. It is indeed idiotic. If Jeremy Corbyn ever does negotiate with the EU, he will not get far, particularly as he has already ruled out a No Deal Brexit. As he is not prepared to walk away, the EU knows he will accept whatever they offer him, most likely a ‘Brexit in name only’ deal, like Johnson’s except probably even worse.

The EU will also know that the vast majority of prospective Labour MPs, like their predecessors, voted Remain in 2016 and will campaign for Remain in a second referendum. At the time of writing, 161 Labour candidates have already pledged to campaign for Remain against their own Brexit deal.

Labour is also being fundamentally dishonest about its policy commitments. EU state aid rules stand in the way of Labour’s pledges to nationalise utilities. To do so requires a degree of national sovereignty that Labour has no interest in wresting from the EU.

Labour’s ‘confirmatory referendum’ policy is straight out of the EU’s playbook. The EU grinds down electorates by making them vote again and again until they give the ‘correct’ answer. Calls for a second referendum show that Labour does not respect the 17.4million people who voted Leave – the UK’s largest ever democratic mandate, for anything, ever. Labour also has precious little respect for the estimated five million of its own Leave-backing voters. Labour is so imbued with contempt for the electorate that it doesn’t believe we knew what we were voting for the first time, and so we must be made to vote again.

Whatever constituency you vote in, we need to stop letting Labour treat us and democracy with such contempt. And if you live somewhere where you can, vote for the Brexit Party and join us in our campaign to change politics for good.

David Axe is the Brexit Party’s parliamentary candidate in Bethnal Green and Bow.

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Marvin Jones

28th November 2019 at 2:24 pm

Well David, your allegiance to TBP is admirable, and your chance has been scuppered by a wrong decision made by your leader, and I think TBR have lost the chance of a lifetime to get into that House of cowards, traitors and imbeciles. Farage should have gone Kama Kazi and stood his troops in every constituency. So what if the terrorist lovers got in, this country would have deserved this pile of dung, TBR would live to rebuild to fight again. OR Johnson would have crapped himself and offered Farage a deal that could have sowed the beginnings of something.

James Knight

27th November 2019 at 5:45 pm

Is Corbyn going to be “neutral” between Tory and Labour in the name of bringing people together and “healing” communities? His neutrality on Brexit is just another lie.

If Corbyn wins the GE by a clear but narrow margin, he will presumably be OK with opposition parties demanding another vote or a coalition government “to heal divisions”.

Jim Lawrie

27th November 2019 at 11:19 am

The Treaty can be set aside by Parliament or by us. The EU, under its own rules have to respect that decision, made in accordance with the UK’s own constitutional requirements.

The last 3½ years have seen Parliament declared sovereign over the people, and The Courts sovereign over Parliament. That can and has to be set aside.

Let’s make clear that if this Election does not settle things in our favour then it settles nothing.

Let’s make clear to all and sundry, here and now, that we will not be bound by any treaty, any law, tribunal or court, national or international, that does not give force to The 2016 Referendum.

Let’s make clear that the enactment of our will in accordance with our vote is mandatory, not advisable or advisory.

I expect the Remain faction in The Conservative Party, allied with Labour, LibDem and SNP remain, to do exactly what they have done these last 3½ years.

Stephen J

27th November 2019 at 8:06 am

I hope you win, even though I realise that Bethnal Green is not known as brexit territory!

A couple of months back, I would have been more supportive of IDS, but after what he and his ERG chums did, I realised that his party is far more important to him than the country’s welfare.

As Doris himself said…

You can’t polish a turd.

Marvin Jones

28th November 2019 at 2:32 pm

Labour has tried and tried but ran out of polish, and the Liberals have opted for a big one that came ready polished, confident that this country was going to have a real new shiny one as PM.

Jerry Owen

27th November 2019 at 8:01 am

Vote for the Brexit Party wherever you can.. and you stand down half of them !
You made a huge tactical mistake.
You want to break the political mould then you come to the aid of Johnson who in turn tramples on TBP .
You have helped the continuity of the old parties.
Farage is even praising Boris.
As a big admirer of Farage I think he is deluding himself.

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