Conservative blogger Robert Barnes writes an exclusive article for Get Britain Out:
This Thursday, the public goes to the polls in the most important General Election in over 40 years. A key question many voters will be asking themselves will be “Which Leader do we trust to deliver the best deal for Brexit?”
The Brexit negotiations begin only 11 days after the General Election.
The Liberal Democrats have all but ruled themselves out by saying they would offer the British people a second referendum on the final deal. This is an insult to the Great British Public who voted to Leave the EU last June.
Tim Farron confirmed his unsuitability to lead his party with his car crash interview with Andrew Neil last week.
Added to this is the fact that the 48% who voted to Remain has now dwindled to around 22%. A recent opinion poll showed that many of those who voted Remain now want the Government to get on with the job of negotiating our exit from the EU.
If the majority of the public can see that, why can’t Tim Farron and the Liberal Democrats?
UKIP might still be a tempting offer for some, but many former UKIP voters have now indicated they will vote Conservative in this election. Even former leader, Nigel Farage, has recommended voters support Theresa May, to get the best possible Brexit deal.
The current leader, Paul Nuttall, does not have the same charisma as Nigel Farage and UKIP’s claim to be the “Guard Dogs of Brexit” is largely toothless.
In many voters’ minds UKIP’s work is now done.
Labour, led by Jeremy Corbyn, cannot be trusted to lead our negotiations either.
If the result of the General Election produces a hung Parliament (when no single political party (or bloc of allied parties) has an absolute majority of seats in parliament), Jeremy Corbyn would be reliant on the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and possibly Plaid Cymru to form a new Government.
Nicola Sturgeon has already indicated she would be willing to speak with Labour about a deal on an “issue by issue” basis in an effort to lock the Conservatives out.
But the price extracted would be high. Both Sturgeon and Tim Farron want to keep us in the EU. At a time when the British Prime Minister’s focus should be on the Brexit negotiations, there would be a real concern that Sturgeon would extract a second Independence Referendum as the price for her propping up a Corbyn Government.
Farron would insist on a second referendum on the final Brexit deal. The SNP are only interested in what they believe is best for Scotland. Both would want to stay in the Single Market, despite all the ramifications about accepting freedom of movement. Plaid Cymru want to stay in the EU as well.
Corbyn’s hands would be tied even before he entered negotiations with the other 27 Member States. He would be a political emperor, wearing a negotiating cloak stitched together by the SNP, Liberal Democrats and possibly Plaid Cymru.
In reality, he would be politically naked. The EU’s chief political negotiator, Michel Barnier, would be aware of this and would offer the worst terms available.
Corbyn would be in no position to negotiate a decent settlement because of the political debt he owed back home. It would leave him weak and exposed on all flanks, and would be a catastrophic coalition which would be the worst of all worlds.
This leaves the Conservative Party led by Prime Minister, Theresa May.
May has pledged to leave the Single Market, the Customs Union and the European Court of Justice.
Whilst to some she is still seen as a Remainer, she is also seen by the wider electorate as the only hope in delivering the Brexit deal many Britons want.
She is also aware of the expectations of the public regarding Brexit and would be prepared to walk away if it was not possible to negotiate an acceptable deal – as she has said “No deal is better than a bad deal”.
When you go into the polling booths this week, ask yourselves this question. Do I want Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn (propped up by the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru) leading our Brexit negotiations?
There is really only one choice in this General Election. This is to vote to save Brexit.
Vote for the Leader and the Party who is in the best position to deliver us the Brexit deal we all want.