THE following MPs: Steve Baker, Suella Braverman, Theresa Villiers, William Cash, Philip Hollobone, Andrew Bridgen, Christopher Chope, Marcus Fysh, Bernard Jenkin, Andrea Jenkins, Priti Patel, Anne Marie Morris, David Jones, Guto Bebb and Mark Francois today join Owen Paterson, Peter Bone and John Redwood on our TCW Roll of Honour.
All put principle and country before party on Friday in face of the huge pressure that Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson’s capitulation to May’s unchanged Withdrawal Deal put them under. They are all to be commended and applauded for sticking their ground.
Writing for the Telegraph Steve Baker reported:
‘A gun was put to all our heads. Members of Parliament have been deliberately and systematically bullied by the British state towards a deal which is widely understood to be a betrayal of the fundamental principle of the referendum: a deal which converts a clear instruction to take back control into a surrender of our capacity for self-government with no voice, no vote and no escape.
‘That this would be done was announced in advance, at least twice. I recall reading in the press a Number 10 briefing that we would vote as many times as necessary to get the deal through, setting up a merciless battle of attrition.’
But a special mention has to go to Mark Francois for his quite terrific speech at Friday’s Leave Means Leave rally (which unfortunately does not seem yet to be available on the Leave Means Leave website – which is a shame – all the speeches should have been loaded straight away for the nation to benefit from).
So instead I have picked, thanks to one of our kind readers, this example of one of his many trenchant media performances of the last week or so.