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Letter to the Press (Bexhill & Hastings)

September 10, 2019 1:19 PM
By Stephen Hardy MBE
Dear Editor
Hastings and Rye's MP, Amber Rudd's decision to quit the Cabinet and the Tory Whip was yet another blow to the authority of Boris Johnson, who has now lost all the votes in Parliament since he became Prime Minister. She revealed the truth in her resignation letter that attempts to renegotiate a Brexit deal are a "sham". And she should know, having been in the Cabinet.

She explained what many of us knew, that all the effort is going into No Deal planning, and very little into constructively trying to go back to the EU with a new plan.

This weekend, the Mail on Sunday revealed that Michael Gove is preparing to put 1,600 troops on standby to keep fuel flowing at the pumps. The civil service team negotiating with Brussels is now down to just four people, according to a report in the Times.

It is clear Boris Johnson has no serious intention of fulfilling his stated promise of trying to secure a deal. The only democratic and legitimate way to resolve this crisis is not to trust Boris Johnson but to trust the people through a final say referendum.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News that the Government would "test to the limit" the new law blocking No Deal, while Johnson's cavalier and irrational declaration that he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask for another Article 50 extension forced his own Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, to remind Johnson of the "importance of the Rule of Law", an astonishing admonishment of any country's leader. What dangerous times we are now in.

Yours faithfully