Leave Means Leave

Leave Means Leave is a right-wing pro-Brexit,[4] Eurosceptic political pressure group organisation that campaigns and lobbies[5] for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union following the 'Leave' result of the EU referendum on 23 June 2016. The campaign was co-founded by British property entrepreneur Richard Tice and business consultant John Longworth.

Leave Means Leave
FormationJuly 2016 (2016-07)
FoundersRichard Tice, John Longworth
PurposeUnited Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union
Headquarters55 Tufton Street, London
Region served
United Kingdom
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The organisation has described itself as a ‘campaign for a clean Brexit’.


Co-founded by Richard Tice and John Longworth, according to the BBC, the organisation grew out of the Vote Leave campaign during the 2016 EU referendum.[6]

Letter to Prime Minister in Brexit negotiations

On 30 September 2017, during the Brexit negotiations, the Leave Means Leave campaign wrote a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May.[7] Four ex-cabinet members, including former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Lawson, as well as former Brexit minister David Jones,[8] signed the letter alongside the rest of the board.[9] The letter highlighted seven separate concerns:

  • Freedom of movement. The continuation of the free movement of people from the European Union "for at least five years after the vote" was deemed unacceptable; the letter referenced the "significant level of public concern" over the issue, lobbying for "control over migration".
  • Free trade. The inability to sign free trade deals with countries outside the European Union should end on 29 March 2019, and explicitly not continue "during the transitional period". The letter insisted it was crucial that the United Kingdom was also able to "implement global trade deals" during any transitional period.
  • New EU laws. The letter asked the question if new EU laws (passed or implemented after the UK leaves the EU) would need to be "obey[ed]" during a transition period.
  • European Court of Justice. This was reported by the media as one of the most significant "red lines" of the letter. The letter demanded a "sovereign" UK "after March 2019", using the word "must", in relation to the ECJ, three times in two sentences.
  • Deregulation. EU laws deemed "unnecessary" in business activity should be repealed and removed in order to "generate economic growth" and support "farming and fishing".
  • Extension of transition period. The letter expressed a fear of an "indefinite delay to a proper Brexit". It insisted the EU should "believe we would move to WTO rules", and the transition "must terminate" no later than 30 March 2021.
  • No-deal scenario. The intervention criticised and contradicted "CBI advice", insisting reverting to World Trade Organization rules was "not to be feared". With this particular point gaining most of the British media's coverage,[10][11] the letter claimed that if the European Union was "not seriously negotiating" for free trade by Christmas 2017, then the UK Government should inform of their intention to move to WTO rules.

The letter had multiple significant supporters outside of the organisation, including former Conservative leader Lord Howard, who stated he shared its "aspirations".[12]

Organisation overview

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