1. Some have accused The Leave Alliance of being a "remainer troll account". This is both offensive and inaccurate. We are a leave campaign - but we did not swear an oath of loyalty to the Tories or the #Brexit Party. We owe them nothing. We seek to uphold the values of Brexit.
2. The referendum of 2016 was to decide whether we leave or remain in the EU. Nothing more, nothing less. There was never a plan or a consensus on what should happen after. Brexiteers don't own that. That must be an inclusive debate. The principle of self-determination.
3. For an age, the United Kingdom has freely engaged as an independent country in alliances and treaties with other countries. It has a long history of entering into commercial agreements and conventions at an inter-governmental level. We wish to uphold that tradition.
4. It is our view that the UK can flourish again as an independent state trading both with our friends in the EU and the rest of Europe, while developing other relationships throughout the world as trading patterns evolve.
5. Within the United Kingdom, our vision is for a government respectful of its people who will take on greater participation and control of their affairs at local and national level, and particularly in matters of trade where the people have been excluded.
6. We do not see any of this reflected in the current manifestation of the Tory party or its leadership. This government is secretive, authoritarian, centralising, deceitful, reckless and corrupt. Counter to all the values the leave movement was built on.
7. We have been scathing of the EU for its secretive lobbying, its corruption, waste, incoherence and inertia. If it was not tolerable in Brussels, Brexit does not make it acceptable in London. Loyalty to Brexit as an endeavour means upholding certain democratic principles.
8. In that regard, the Brexit blob and its propagandists are more disloyal to our cause and the values therein. We didn't remove a remote undemocratic kleptocracy merely to fashion a new one in its image so Toryboy spads, party donors & cronies could get their noses in the trough
9. What is required of us is that we accept the realities of our decision - and respect that the EU is a power - one we had a hand in creating, and must accept the consequences of that. Any future relationship was always going to be one of compromise.
10. Being free of the EU does not mean we are free from the rule of law - national and international, nor does it free us from our responsibilities to the people of the UK, and our regional and global obligations. We seek to lead by example.
11. To obtain the best for our own people means collaboration and cooperation - but a mid ranking power can only do that by way of sincere engagement and by being an honest broker. Nothing about this government indicates they recognise that.
12. Britain is rightly proud of its cultural exports - particularly our system of government and our system of justice. It is our adherence to that which guarantees our future and our longevity beyond the transient EU. It is those principles we must put first.
13. In order to meet our international objectives and foreign policy goals, the UK must be seen as a reliable and trustworthy actor. The Tories, though, are shattering that reputation - lying to our allies, lying to us and deceiving themselves. And we are poorer for it.
14. No deal Brexit offers us no solutions. It merely postpones the decisions and shirks the responsibilities that come with our decision to leave, leaving others to pick up the pieces. Pretending we can function outside of the rules is both dishonest and dishonourable.
15. Loyalty to Brexit does not mean loyalty to the vacuous groupthinks of the crooked Tory right or the ignorant mantras of Farage's mob. They are the "traitors" - many of whom never cared a jot about the values we defend.
16. Call us remainers of you like - but that says more about your ignorance. The term is redundant anyway. We fight for democracy, accountability, transparency and prosperity. That fight did not end on Brexit day. Brussels was only part of the problem. Tories are the other part.

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