Sir William Cash MP – Brexit conference All Souls College, Oxford Friday 9 September

Brexit does not just mean Brexit. Brexit means repeal of the European Communities Act 1972. This is as axiomatic as it is fundamental. The vote to leave the European Union followed from the enactment of the European Union Referendum Act 2015 whereby Parliament deliberately and expressly gave the British people the right to decide the question as to whether to remain in or to leave the European Union. This decision is not only binding in a political sense but also, by virtue of the application and outcome of that enactment, is binding in a constitutional and legal sense. I say this because the voluntary enactment of the European Communities Act 1972, as clearly expressed by Lord Bridge in the Factortame case of 1991, which took us into the then European Community, now the European Union, was specifically put on the line by the question laid down in the Referendum Act of 2015. This question was crystal clear – ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ The British people decided to leave and the only way in which that vote to leave can be implemented is to repeal that 1972 Act. What Parliament did voluntarily in 1972, we can reverse by repeal of that 1972 Act. We can and must. The brevity and simplicity of that Act is a good template for its future repeal. ...continue reading

Bill Cash has been saying that the UK cannot remain inside the single market. The Independent quoted Bill Cash as saying “You cannot remain… the 1972 Act has to be repealed as the only constitutional political act, which follows from the vote to leave the European Union,”

“There is no other way open to anyone. If you’re out, you’re out… therefore you can’t engage in an integrated process. You are thereby outside like America is, like Japan is – it’s no big deal, it’s perfectly simple,”.

He then stressed “Once we repeal the Act we can’t remain inside that market. Access to the market is a misnomer. I’m not saying you won’t trade with them but it’s just a misnomer.”

Bill Cash also told The Independent, “The French have to understand that not only does Brexit mean Brexit but means repeal of the 1972 Act and that’s all there is to it. These negotiations are going to be circumscribed by the outcome of the vote. It’s perfectly clear that free movement is not on our agenda. I can’t say more than that.” 

 

Bill Cash and The European Foundation are delighted as British people voted to leave the EU.

Bill Cash said, "I am extremely delighted and I congratulate all of my constituents on voting because it was one of the biggest turnouts in the country.

"This will hand some self-governance to the British people which people fought and died for and now we should be carrying the process of re-negotiation.

"David Cameron resigning is inevitable given the defeat he suffered in the vote and we will now be choosing a new prime minister in a few months."

"This is what people fought and died for in world wars. It is about freedom and democracy and the right to govern ourselves."

"The first thing we need to do is repeal the European Communities Act in parliament.

"We have now got to enter into negotiations with other member states. We are currently trading in the EU at a loss. It is that simple.

"I think we have got to look to an extremely positive future."

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Although it was intended by European and American leaders that the creation of the European economic and political post-war settlement would contain Germany, the containment did not ever happen. My new book, From Brussels with Love, which I have co-authored, demonstrates precisely how since the end of World War Two, Britain’s leaders except for Margaret Thatcher have consistently acquiesced in, even appeased our German partner’s quest for European integration. In so doing, Britain has locked herself into the second tier of a two-tier EU, effectively dominated by Germany. ...continue reading

According to The Daily Telegraph “Between 30 and 50 Tory rebels are considering supporting an amendment tabled by Sir Bill Cash demanding an increase in the amount the Leave campaign can spend ahead of the referendum.” The Mirror also reports “Eurosceptic backbencher Sir Bill Cash has tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill designed to wreck the entire budget amid ongoing fury at the 23million leaflets being posted out by the Government this week.”