On Polling Day

Today you and I will cast the most important vote of our lives. This is a vote which will affect all of our futures, and with that in mind I urge you not to vote on personalities or short term decisions. Don’t vote to Remain because you ‘don’t trust the Tories’, you will never get this opportunity again – if you don’t trust the Conservatives then vote them out in 2020, but do not base a decision which will affect your future on who is currently in power. Remember that you are not electing Vote Leave into office.

A vote for Leave is not a vote for Farage or Gove or Boris, in the same way that I would not tell you a vote for Remain is one for Cameron or Osborne or Corbyn or that it is a vote for Jean-Claude Juncker and his contempt for democracy. It is a vote to say that in the home of liberal democracy we think legislation needs to be made by people elected by, and accountable to, the people.

I will be voting for a future where the people with the formal powers to make our laws are people who we can see, hold to account, and vote out. I will be voting for a future where the electorate of the United Kingdom can influence our immigration policy. Whatever immigration policy you want to see – be that open borders or a points system or some other system – you should be able to influence that at the ballot box. A vote for Leave is not one for less immigration, it is one for choice – do we want our elected government to set our policies, or do we want it dictated to us by an unelected Commission?

I will be voting for a future where the businesses I work for can trade in every country of the world, not just the 27 states of the European Union. I will be voting for a future without a regressive Common External Tariff cutting us off from the rest of the world. I will be voting for a future where Britain is a strong voice, not one voice drowned out in the din of another 27. A vote for Leave is not one for isolation, it is one for globalism – do we want to trade freely with the EU and the world, or are we content just to trade with the EU?

We do not need a political union to have cooperation with Europe – cooperation between the United Kingdom and the EU27 does not need membership of the European Union. Whatever happens today there will be cooperation on security, there will be cooperation on research, there will be cooperation on climate change – that is not in dispute. I will be voting for a future where we can take the lead on global cooperation alongside European cooperative efforts.

When you go to the polls today, don’t vote with fear – vote with hope. Don’t base a decision that will affect your whole future on a government that you can change in 2020. Where the only body with formal legislative powers is unelected, you can never change their decisions and you can never hold them to account. Governments come and go – vote for democracy.

When you go to the polls today, don’t vote based on personality – vote for the future. It is not an election – a vote to Leave is not a vote for Boris and co., it is a vote for your future.

When you go to the polls today, vote Leave.

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