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30 June 2016, 07:49
Lord Digby Jones: Even Remainers Agree With This Brexit Argument
This is the passionate speech by "reluctant Brexiteer" Lord Digby Jones that even Remain voters are agreeing with.
This is the passionate speech by Leave campaigner Lord Digby Jones which even Remain voters are agreeing with.
Digby described himself as a "reluctant Brexiteer" and said that what convinced him was the fact leaving the European Union would give power back to elected officials.
Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC, he said: "The one thing they must acknowledge that Brexit is right is that there is something very special about saying 'I'm going to take it from democratically-elected leaders, I'm not going to take it from people I didn't vote for'.
"That's what I did. I was a very reluctant Brexiteer. I'm not over there somewhere on the hinterland."
Earlier this week, David Cameron told EU leaders that it was concerns over immigration that led to Britain voting to leave. But Lord Digby insists it was sovereignty that persuaded him.
He continued: "Sovereignty does work into immigration. There's going to be lots of immigration from Europe, of course there is.
"But I want a democratically-elected leader - be it Labour, Tory, Green, Ukip, Liberal - and they make the decision as to where our immigrants come from and how many come.
"It should be done by elected people in Britain. It shouldn't be done by unelected, unaccountable people."
Lord Digby recalled a picture he saw of European Council President Jean-Claude Juncker which made him angry.
He added: "I saw Juncker two days ago walking past journalists that were asking questions and he put his fingers in his ears. And I thought to myself, do you know, that sums it up for me.
"I'll tell you something that's wonderful - if there is something wonderful in the first week of this - you've got democracy actually happening like a soap opera on your screens every day.
"We haven't got riots on the streets, we haven't got guns, we haven't got people being banged up by policemen. This nation is an exemplar to the world in how to sort out an enormous constitutional crisis.
"We're doing it in a wonderful open, transparent way."
He had a strong message for those who are committing the increasing number of hate crimes on Britain's streets, booming: "The first person you hear being horrible to an immigrant, the first person you hear saying 'You're going to be deported', tell the police and let's have them banged up forever.
"That's not my country."