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When 17,410,742 people voted to leave the European Union on June 23 2016, we knew exactly what we were voting for. We wanted to take back control of our own destiny – and that meant controlling our borders, our money, our natural resources, and our laws. We wanted to do that as soon as possible, and David Cameron’s empty promise to trigger Article 50 on June 24 told us that we would be out of the rotten club by June 23 2018 at the latest.

But yesterday the British government revealed that it has no intention to deliver Brexit until January 1 2021 at the earliest. During that entire period – which will end nearly half a decade after our vote for departure – we will be bound by all of the shackles that we voted to remove.

They have surrendered shamelessly to the demands of the Brussels establishment in the draft of a Withdrawal Agreement. The 130 pages of legal text are smeared with green to highlight the areas where Britain’s spineless government has caved in.

At the end of the transition period, we will likely be forced into yet another general election – which will be used by pro-EU forces as a de facto second referendum on EU membership. We have to be ready to fight. Our campaign relies on public donations, and you can help us by visiting leave.eu/get-involved.

In January of this year, Theresa May said that “there is a difference between those who came prior to us leaving and those who will come when they know the UK is leaving”, but yesterday we discovered that there is no difference at all. Anybody who arrives and resides in the UK before the end of the transition period will have the right to acquire permanent residency. That means the status quo – open borders anarchy – will have persisted for nearly five years after we voted to leave the EU, and all of the stress that it puts on our schools, hospitals, and housing stock continuing unabated.

May’s track record as Home Secretary speaks volumes and, after she failed even to control non-EU immigration, she should never have been trusted to bring back meaningful control of Britain’s borders.

Our nation’s fishermen were one of the most vocal groups supporting a Leave vote in the run-up to the referendum. They knew first-hand what a burden the EU had placed on their industry, and what pain it had inflicted on fishing communities up and down the country. Reclaiming our fishing stock, among the most precious natural resources of any island nation, was one of the biggest opportunities of Brexit – and a huge chance to revive a once proud industry.

Davis and May stabbed our fishermen in the back yesterday with their willingness to submit to the fishing quotas of the Common Fisheries Policy for the foreseeable future. Their approach to these negotiations was always utterly craven. They should never have been trusted to fight for Britain’s fishermen.

The agreement is a betrayal not only of Brexit, but of Britain herself. By agreeing to be bound by the rules of the European Union during the transition period without even the small say we once had in the rotten European institutions, the government has essentially handed our country over to the arbitrary will of a totally foreign power. Brexit should mean Brexit, not further vassalage.

So, we now have confirmation that in addition to the huge sums of cash Theresa May promised the EU months ago, she has now also surrendered our borders, our fishing waters, and even more of our sovereignty. Appointing an incompetent Remainer leader of the Conservative Party in 2016, without a vote from the membership, will prove to be one of the biggest errors committed by a modern political party. She is not fit to be prime minister.

The Conservatives desperately need fresh leadership – leadership that backs Brexit, believes in Britain, and refuses to roll over for the corrupt European Union. Even before her brazen backsliding on Brexit, Theresa May was barely able to defeat Jeremy Corbyn in a general election.

On current trends, if there are not immediate changes in the Tory Party, Corbyn will be the next prime minister of the United Kingdom. He is not fit to be prime minister either. Once a serious Eurosceptic, he has since turned his back on the tradition of Tony Benn, Michael Foot and Dennis Skinner by promising to keep us chained to the European Customs Union – a move that would deny us our own trade policy.

Europhiles now control both of the main political parties. We need to fight for the future of this country by ensuring that we have a voice when the moment of truth comes. There will inevitably be an election at the end of this transition period, with the future of British independence hanging in the balance.

A clash between Labour and the Tories, on current form, would offer the public no meaningful choice. It is now essential that Theresa May is removed from office and replaced with a true, patriotic Brexiteer like Jacob Rees-Mogg. The public deserves an alternative, and we have to fight for it.

The leadership of both main parties has chosen to ignore the will of the British people. It is essential that we apply the most pressure possible on the Conservative Party to force a change of direction. You can support our campaign by visiting leave.eu/get-involved.