Billingborough man's on-line Brexit petition attracts more than 347,000 signatures
A Billingborough man has set up a petition on-line which has attracted more than 347,000 signatures calling on the Government to pull out of Europe as soon as possible and save billions of pounds.
Mike Rudkin set up the petition last year and has been amazed by the response which is the largest on the petition.parliament.uk website since the 2017 General Election. Having passed the 100,000 mark, it was debated in committee in parliament and shown on TV.
The petition says: "We are wasting billions of pounds of taxpayers' money trying to negotiate in a short space of time. Leaving the EU in March 2019 will allow the UK good time to negotiate more efficiently. The EU will be more eager to accept a deal on our terms having lost a major partner."
On the website, a map can be displayed which shows how many people from each constituency have signed the petition. In the Grantham and Stamford constituency 896 people have so far signed it.
Mr Rudkin, 51, went to parliament on Tuesday and joined Leave Means Leave protesters as MPs debated Brexit.
He said: "It was a cold, long but useful day. I saw a lot, talked a lot, and got TV interviews with Chinese and German TV channels. I spoke very briefly with Michael Fabricant and got appproval waves from Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson. The Leave Means Leave group were totally ignored by the British TV media, and kept out of camera shot all day and all evening.
"Interestingly, none of the UK channels have run anything about the protest, despite it being the largest "Leave Means Leave" protest so far, which included a few well organised march pasts and processions throughout the day.
"I got massive support and so many thank yous for my petition, and so many congratulations for the numbers it accrued.
"I spoke politely with a few Remain campaigners, but unfortunately most of them could not stay calm enough for a decent chat. I did however talk with two of them for quite some time and we shook hands and agreed a few items. One lady was grateful for a decent conversation, and that is the key to sorting out this mess. I think that this is what was needed from the start, reasonable dialogue between better informed people on all sides, rather than the undemocratic and unrepresentative MPs, the TV and radio media trying their best to stir intense rivalry and hatred.
"The whole 2.7 year debate and argument has been a staged event by Parliament and those above parliament to play for time and dissolve the resolve of the democratic vote to leave the EU on reasonable WTO rules, with good clear space and open minds to negotiate more effectively (and far more economicaly) after the leave date.
"We could have spent all that time and money on preparations to leave, giving market certainty, a boost to democracy and getting everyone on side to back their country properly whichever way they voted."
As it is, most of the MPs (and the leadership of all parties) have lied to and demoralised the people of the UK for personal gain and career objectives. I shall not name too many names, but the likes of Boles, Soubry, Cooper and Grieve have been complicit in destroying our true democracy after a fair and open referendum. They had one vote like the rest of us, and so should never have ignored and misepresent their electorate.
Mr Rudkin's petition can be seen at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/229963