I have received a number of rather long and identical letters from disgruntled Remain supporters setting out their concerns over the campaign. Here is a reply I sent to one of them:
Dear Constituent, Thank you for sending me your boiler-plate letter, which I have to say contains some remarkably arrant nonsense. I wonder if you bothered to read it before you pressed “send”?
The referendum result is not “flawed”. It was the result of one of the most comprehensive electoral campaigns I have ever seen, with open debate, a high turnout and a small but decisive margin. If it was flawed at all, it was by the government’s gerrymandering of the voter registration procedure and the Treasury’s shamefully biased claims and projections.
The “lies” you refer to are not lies at all. Our gross contributions to the EU do indeed amount to £350m a week. You can argue till the cows come home over the gross and net figures, but it was natural and proper to use the gross figure in the headline. You cannot pretend that a couple days of volatility in the markets (which we always predicted) is “a significant economic downturn”. In any case, the FTSE has recovered, and the lower value of Sterling will be a massive boost to exports (if it, too, doesn’t recover). We said we could control immigration after Brexit, and we will, but that, as you know, is at least two years away.
Your remarks about racism and xenophobia are particularly offensive, slanderous and misplaced. The Leave campaign has never called for discrimination on grounds of race or ethnicity. Indeed the current UK/EU immigration policy is discriminatory — it discriminates in favour of predominantly white Europeans, and against often non-white Commonwealth citizens and others. We in the Leave campaign call for an Australian-style points system which will be totally colour-blind.
Now the whingers and the bad losers on the Remain side are trying to change the rules after the game, and alter the score-line. But you had your opportunity to campaign, and you lost in a fair fight. As Angela Merkel has said, “I see no way back from the Brexit vote. This is no time for wishful thinking, but rather to grasp reality.”
Now is the time to accept the decision of the British people, and to work together to maximise the benefits of freedom and self-determination.
ROGER HELMER MEP