Reckless: Why I'm now backing the Brexit Party

Mark Reckless is Leader of the Brexit Party Group in the Welsh Assembly.

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I, like so many others, once believed Theresa May when she said she would deliver the result of the 2016 referendum. I believed her when she said we would leave the Single Market, leave the Customs Union and leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

When I joined the Conservative Group in the Welsh Assembly, the Prime Minister had just triggered Article 50 to leave the EU, with or without a deal, on 29th of March this year. She promised to do that on more than 100 occasions.

Instead, she negotiated a disastrous deal. Contrary to Article 50, which allows us to leave the EU without future obligations, her deal makes us pay £39 billion and locks us into the EU Customs Union unless they give us permission to leave. That is not Brexit.

Worse, when her sell-out deal failed to pass Parliament, Theresa May with her Cabinet faced the choice of whether to leave the EU without a deal, or to remain in the EU. They betrayed the referendum vote to leave and chose to remain in the EU.

I have consistently backed Brexit, having fought to leave the EU all my adult life. That now means backing the Brexit Party.

Like millions of others I supported UKIP to deliver the EU Referendum. When the Conservatives promised properly to deliver the Leave result, like most previous UKIP supporters, I backed the Conservatives in 2017. Now we have found out we were lied to we are backing the Brexit Party.

I have seen this time and time again in the Welsh Assembly. Members from Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour used to say they would respect the referendum, but now many of them think their constituents must be made to vote again, until they agree with their so-called representatives. Seeing these Members, many of whom represent Leave voting constituencies, hold their voters’ decision in contempt, means we need the Brexit Party to change politics for good.

In Blaenau Gwent, which voted 62% Leave, the Labour Assembly Member (AM) calls for a second referendum. In neighbouring Torfaen, the Labour AM also thinks she knows better than the 60% of her constituents who voted to leave the EU.

Tonight, Nigel Farage will address a rally in Merthyr Tydfil, which voted 56% to leave. Merthyr Tydfil’s Labour AM backs Labour looking at a second referendum. I hope that her constituents who hear Nigel tonight will remind their Assembly Member who is in charge.

This is why I have joined the Brexit Party. Our newly formed group in the Welsh Assembly will fight for the decision that the people of Wales made in 2016. We will remind Assembly Members who their boss is and what they decided.

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