Brexiteers are putting pressure on Theresa May’s brexit plan
The Brexit Advance Coalition will unite 10 organisations including several with close links to the Conservative Party.
Get Britain Out, the Bow Group and the Campaign for Conservative Democracy are among those backing a joint declaration of principles.
Supporters are planning a series of high-profile meetings and other campaign events over the coming months to raise the call for shift in Government policy towards a more decisive break with the EU than that promised by the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan agreed by ministers last month at her Chequers country retreat.
They plan to work with other Brexit-backing forces including Leave Means Leave, a pressure group backed by former Ukip leader Nigel Farage which plans a major relaunch next month, and the European Research Group of Tory MPs lead by the senior backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg.
The move follows widespread concern in the Eurosceptic movement that Mrs May’s vision for Brexit will still leave the UK closely tied to Brussels and force to accept rules and regulations without having a say in their formulation.
Chairman of the European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg
Our message to the Government is clear, your Chequers policy needs to change, or the Government needs to change.
Tory councillor Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the Bow Group think tank, said: “We have allowed the Government ample time to implement the Brexit people voted for two years ago, that has not occurred, and now it’s time to get the Brexit band back together and reform the campaign that defeated the establishment, to defeat it once again.
“Our message to the Government is clear, your Chequers policy needs to change, or the Government needs to change.”
Mr Harris-Quinney said the organisations had been at the backbone of the campaign for regaining Britain’s sovereignty for decades.
“We may differ on some issues, but we are all united under our three founding principles that we feel are crucial to seeing a full Brexit achieved.
Tory councillor Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the Bow Group think tank
“We look forward to also working with campaign groups like Leave Means Leave and the European Research Group to take the fight back to the Remain campaign that has never stopped working to overturn the will of the British people.”
Think tanks joining the Bow Group in the new alliance include the Bruges Group and Parliament Street.
Tory activist groups taking part include the Campaign for Conservative Democracy, Conservative Grassroots and Reignite.
Other campaigning organisations signing up include the British Friends of Trump, the Friends of British Overseas Territories and the Freedom Association.
Peter Sullivan, the director of British Friends of Trump, said: “The Cabinet obviously hasn’t taken any advice from President Trump on the Art of the Deal.
“If they did, they would know that the worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it.
“Britain must not be scared, we must hold our ground and stand up tall. It’s time to get tough. We must negotiate from strength, because we have the ultimate leverage, a literal Trump card in a supportive president.
“Like-minded organisations have to work together as we did during the referendum, and together we can make Britain win again.”
Prime Minister’s Brexit plan agreed by ministers last month at her Chequers country retreat
Jayne Adye, director of the cross-party grassroots campaign Get Britain Out, said: “As more and more of the Great British Public want a clean and clear Brexit, it is vital for the Leave campaigns to work together to ensure this is delivered.
“The Prime Minister must recognise we speak with one voice.
“We must ensure the 17.4 million votes which won the Referendum to Leave the EU are not wasted because their voices are drowned out by our largely Remain Government!
“Mrs May needs to understand the anger felt by the people, and needs to get on with delivering a clean and clear Brexit the voters were promised on June 23 2016 – over two years ago.”
Jayne Adye, director of the cross-party grassroots campaign Get Britain Out
Elizabeth Anderson, director of the policy think tank Parliament Street, said: “Remain never stopped campaigning against Brexit, even after the greatest democratic exercise in British history saw them defeated.
“They are united and organised in subverting the will of the British people, and so we need to be.
“We have come together to speak for the silent majority of the British people who voted Brexit. We want to work with all groups and campaigns to ensure the British people aren’t cheated of what they deserve – their country back.”