Seats were almost full at the Brexit Party’s public meeting at Salisbury Guildhall on Wednesday, May 8, where five South West MEP candidates introduced themselves and their party as well as answering questions as they prepare for the vote on May 23.
Wylye Valley-based Christina Jordan was joined by former Marine and conservationist James Glancy, mother of five and consultant Ann Tarr, Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott and transformation coach Nicola Darke.
A good idea, it seems, as the question most people had asked prior to the meeting, according to Christina, is what the party is about.
“We have that one objective, Brexit. Everybody else will have different issues, but right now it’s Brexit. We want the referendum result honoured; we want to re-establish trust in politics,” she said.
Christina, originally from Malaysia, moved to Wylye Valley two years ago and has lived “a quiet life” since. She was a nurse in the 80s, cabin crew in the 90s and has worked with charity as well.
Valley News asked if she was thinking about how she could affect the NHS and she replied saying the topic will always be important, but the issue right now is getting as many Brexit MEPs to Brussels as possible.
She refuted claims the UK needs the EU to bring in staff and posed the question: “We’re going to open up to everybody else, surely?”
“We’re not stopping people coming in, we’re going to open up and say, ‘wherever you’re from, our country needs you, come’,” she said.
“This whole thing about Brexit is opening the country, looking outward alongside Europe, towards the rest of the world, there’s nothing wrong about that.”
She got involved in Brexit three years ago, but when it did not happen on March 29, she felt deep betrayal from the politicians.
“This has gone beyond Brexit, it’s about democracy, the way I see it. How can parliament expect us to follow their rules and laws when they are not taking any notice of a referendum result: where does it end?” she said, and voiced concern for what it teaches future generations.
“I can’t accept what’s going on. If I fail, if I stumble, at least I did it while trying. I’ve got to stand up for democracy, I’ve got to stand up and say to politicians ‘you do not get to behave this way’: you have to respect the vote, as simple as that.”
Christina claims Westminster “don’t have a grip or idea” of how people feel and said parliament should take note of the reasons why people like her are doing it, despite the abuse and scrutiny.
Locally, the support for the Brexit party is healthy, she claims. On Tuesday, May 7, she stood at the Market Walk in Salisbury to promote her cause. Christina claimed there were more leave supporters than not and added there were some Remainers who shouted at them, but she defends their right to say what they want.
“We had so much support. What was interesting was that it was like a therapy session for a lot of them, they were explaining to us why they felt betrayed, why they felt sad, why they were upset, how angry they were,” she said.
“Quite a few were saying ‘I’m not going to vote, there’s no point’. I had to say to them they had to vote. Pick a party, your vote counts. It turned quite a few people around.”
Asked about what happens with the party if Brexit goes through, Christina said it depends on what deal the parliament agrees on.
“Are they going to stitch us up, are they going to have another referendum with the choice being either: ‘do you want to remain, or not leave?”