Open Letter to Charles Elphicke, Member for Dover and Deal
I write this open letter as one of your constituents to express my great displeasure at your conduct during the Referendum campaign. Backing the Remain side was a betrayal of our country at large and an insult to the people who elected you. I have no doubt you will be aware that more people in Dover and Deal voted to leave the European Union than voted for you, and that virtually everyone who voted for you last year voted this week to leave the European Union.
I have not finally decided to vote – and indeed to campaign – against you at the next general election. In the meantime, however, I and many other of your constituents will be watching with unusual care how you speak and vote during the disengagement process. Your atonement will include the following:
1. You will accept the verdict of the people, and resist any attempt at yet another “renegotiation” followed by another referendum;
2. You will work for the fastest, cleanest break with the European Union, and resist any attempt at keeping our membership in all but name;
3. You will work for the full restoration of the liberties handed down to us by our ancestors.
Do any less than this, and I suggest that you will share in the wreckage of political careers that will be achieved at the next general election. Please be aware that hardly anyone nowadays accepts the Burkean idea of a Member of Parliament elected to follow his conscience. The choice before you is to act as part of a political machine hostile to our existence as a free people in an independent country, or to act as the delegate of those who elected you. We have now spoken, and we look to you to follow our clearly-expressed instructions.