This tweet by Daniel Hannan, my MEP raises all sorts of questions and concerns. He is one of my 10 MEPs who have represented me and my community in the European Parliament for the last five years. The South East region is one of 9 regions in the UK and as Daniel has pointed out in the past, because he is the top Conservative on the South East list, he is guaranteed getting elected. This in effect means he is in the top 10 of the Tory MEPs. He campaigned for leaving the EU and has spent the last 32 months working with his colleagues to publicly explain about the positive aspects of our departure from the EU. Alongside that he writes significant numbers of newspaper columns which presumably he gets well paid for, but he clearly has plenty of spare time to do so. He is a senior member of the Conservative Party and although not part of the UK Parliament, his role is significant in the Party. Leaving the EU is clearly a major challenge and this was something that became evident in the weeks after the referendum result to most of us who sit some distance away from the decision making and negotiations. Our assessment of that has much less to do with the departure processes and much more to do with the impact on our lives, but even sitting that far away it did become clear that Parliament did not know what to do. However Daniel has apparently only just spotted the problem and rather than admit his own failure he has chosen to relate the lack of progress to World War 1 which is the reason along with World War 2 why many of us argue that being part of the EU is such an important strength to our Continent.
Perhaps Daniel would like to apologise for his mistakes and misjudgements and then ask his party to do the same!