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Write Now: Views from our members and supporters
18 Aug, 2018

We very much welcome contributions from our members and supporters, whether they be a copy of letter that they have had published in their local paper or a point of view that they wish to get across. If you want your voice heard do contact us.

Here one of our members, Alan Meekings makes a personal plea to everyone who voted leave in the Referendum.

To everyone who voted Leave in 2016, I need to point out to you what your leaders are doing to protect themselves and their families from the predictable, adverse impacts of Brexit. For instance, we already know:

  • John Redwood, when not working as MP for Wokingham, works as the paid as Chief Strategist for investment firm Charles Stanley. In this capacity, he's already advised investors to move their investments out of the UK in order to invest, instead, in the Eurozone.
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg's investment company, Somerset Capital Management, has established a new office in Dublin, so it can continue to serve its clients in the EU post-Brexit. This obviously makes sense to Jacob Rees-Mogg, as he's recently confessed, in a TV interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, that it could take up to 50 years for his 'presumed' benefits of Brexit to materialise.
  • Lord Lawson, who already lives in France, and pontificates regularly on British media about the benefits of Brexit and the non-existence of human-driven climate change, is applying for French citizenship.
  • Arch Brexiteer, Nigel Farage, has admitted that he's secured German passports for the children from the marriage with his first, German wife, Kirsten Mehr.

Now, we've learned that Steve Baker MP, our former Brexit Minister, has recently invested £70,000 of his own money in an investment fund that enables clients to invest in gold to protect them against the predictable adverse financial impacts of Brexit.

While I fully understand why all these leading Brexiteers are taking action to protect themselves and their families from the adverse financial effects of Brexit – which they know are coming – what really gets up my nose is that they're still pushing Brexit to the rest of us ordinary people, who can do nothing whatsoever to mitigate against the adverse effects of Brexit.

Also, the fact is the people who will suffer most from Brexit will be the poorest, disabled and most disadvantaged members of society, not rich Brexiteers who can take action to protect themselves and their families or rich hedge fund owners, who can make boat-loads of money from declines in the value of the pound and the UK economy.

When will Leave voters begin to recognise they were conned in 2016? Clearly, voting Leave is not their fault, as, in 2016, they were promised "the sunlit uplands of prosperity", "the exact same benefits", "the easiest trade deal in human history", etc. However, life has moved on since then.

Alan Meekings is a management consultant specialising in the field of Organisational Performance Management. He has led programmes of major change and sustainable improvement with public, private and third sector organisations for over thirty years. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University School of Management, a Visiting Scholar at Heriot-Watt University School of Management and a member of the Conservative Group for Europe, the Tory Reform Group and European Movement both nationally and in Lincolnshire.