Theresa May has betrayed us all – and Brexiteer ministers are letting her get away with it

John Longworth

Those who campaigned for Leave but have not resigned will see their reputations in tatters

So now we see Theresa May’s true colours. The much-anticipated result of the Chequers summit has been more warm words, just like in Florence last year, which mean something complete different. This is a bad deal for the UK which will only slide further as the EU take more and more.

Our weak Prime Minister has driven the process of leaving the EU inscrutably into a corner, in concert with her Chancellor. She has delayed preparations for a WTO global trade option and refused to use this as negotiating leverage. She has totally misled 17.4 million voters and left it as late as possible to reveal that she remains a stubborn Remainer.

Worse still, she has personally deceived us by promising in the Conservatives’ election manifesto, that Brexit means Brexit when, in fact, May’s Brexit means BRINO – “Brexit In Name Only” – a fake Brexit.

This deeply shameful behaviour has been compounded by her going cap in hand to the German Chancellor to confide in her the proposed deal before it had even been seen by her own Cabinet.

Will the 75 per cent of Conservatives who just want to leave the EU ever be able to look their fellow citizens in the eye? Will the three quarters of constituencies in England and Wales who voted for Brexit ever elect a Conservative government again? Do the Conservatives deserve to be in government? 

It was becoming apparent a week ago the way this was going when Project Fear Mark III kicked in, as the big guns pounded the Brexitfront line in the shape of the CEOs of Airbus, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.

All the multinationals who trade with the EU put together represent a modest 13 per cent of our economy, while 100 per cent of our economy is held back by the EU. Tens of thousands of patriotic, domestic entrepreneurs will feel let down, whilst the poorest in our country will suffer the most from higher bills for food, clothing and footwear.

Now we are faced with becoming a vassal state of the EU, they have us exactly where they want us – unable to compete, taking enormous quantities of their products at inflated prices, protected from global competition by the fortress Europe tariff and regulatory wall and impeded from doing trade deals around the globe.

We will be controlling neither laws, nor trade, nor borders. A total, humiliating capitulation. Remain has won in extra time, as Brexiteers foolishly trusted the referee and her assistants, as well as the video ref.

We gave the PM too many yellow cards and she has committed the ultimate foul in the last minute. Don’t be surprised when the fans vent their fury.

Millions of Brexit voters across the country will be perplexed that ministers have not resigned in the face of this betrayal – even ministers who led the Leave campaign. Their reputations are in tatters. They have allowed the Government to produce a fraud on the electorate, dressed up as a success and flying in the face of the our democracy. 

John Longworth is the former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce and co-chairman of Leave Means Leave

July 6th, 2018: Telegraph