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I am deeply concerned and saddened by the apparent erosion of democracy in this country following the Brexit result.

Senior and backbench MPs of all major parties in Parliament, together with leading commerce figures, either wish to ignore or seem to have forgotten the fundamental principle of the English voting system. That in any Parliamentary motion vote, election of MPs, a national referendum, the majority vote wins – be it only by one vote.

In the case of Brexit the majority was nearly 1.5 million in favour of leaving. Rather than accepting the referendum result and working together to get the best terms for our withdrawal from the EU, we have Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, ex-Tory ministers, leading members of commerce, all doing their best to put every obstacle in the way of the Prime Minister and her government to enable this to happen.

If the result had gone in favour of remaining in the EU, all of these people would have told the Brexit voters that it was a fair democratic vote, the majority won, and that they should accept the decision as a matter of principle and long-established tradition.

Ed Miliband’s Doncaster electorate voted 67 per cent in favour of leaving, Nick Clegg’s Sheffield electorate by a small majority. Yet these people are ignoring the wishes of the majority to carry out reported clandestine meetings with other Remain supporters to block Parliament’s progress in leaving the EU.

The Government negotiating team for leaving the EU is being hindered by opponents wanting to have a vote on what our terms are going to be. The lengthy process which has only just begun, entails a very considerable amount of work before we enter negotiation. It is foolhardy to put all our cards on the Parliamentary table for scrutiny by the EU team before meeting with them.

We cannot guarantee what the future holds for us. We do know that our past and present partnership with the EU, from initially being conned by Edward Heath to join a Common Market solely as a trading partner, to the present-day loss of National Sovereignty and being shackled by the diktats of the other 27 EU member states, has been rejected by a reasonable majority of the British people.

Remain team prophecies of doom and gloom have failed to materialise. Leading banking, major and small business figures, have all expressed their pleasant surprise that the early stages of Brexit seem favourable to the UK.

Let us all work together to ensure a better future as an EU independent nation, trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, and once again become a self-governing nation and leading worldwide trading partner.

Cyril Olsen

Busk Meadow, Sheffield, S5

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