Leave voter claims MPs trying to stop a 'clean break Brexit' are guilty of theft

With the Brexit deadline looming, MPs appear to be doing everything in their power to prevent the UK from a chaotic no-deal exit from the EU.

With the Labour party vowing to back a second referendum and cabinet ministers urging Theresa May to take a no-deal off the table, a delay to Brexit is looking more and more likely.

For some Brexiteers, this news is a little too much to take, as proven by one phone-in to LBC radio host Iain Dale on Monday.

A man named Ken made a bizarre phone call to the radio show where he claimed that his vote in the 2016 referendum had been stolen from him and that MPs were in breach of the Theft Act 1968.

Ken told Dale:

My vote is property and property is defined in the Theft Act 1968, it includes 'money and all other property real or personal, including things in action and other intangible property.'

Now, 17.4 million votes to leave the EU are a 'thing in action' and trust has been put in parliament to carry out those wishes so to vote to have an extension or a delay or do anything that is contrary to those 17.4 million voters would be theft.

Dale didn't quite agree with this statement.

I think you would be stretching it to define a vote as property but the government did say in that infamous that was sent to nine million houses that we will implement what you decide.

I suppose their get out would be that we don't really know what you decided. We just wanted to leave but, obviously, we need to leave in an orderly fashion. 

Ken then came back with this retort.

The theft act is quite clear on property but apart from that the supreme court has done a change to the test of criminal dishonesty.

That says: If by ordinary standards the defendant's mental state could be characterised as 'dishonest' it is irrelevant that the defendant judges by different standards. 

Dale was slightly confused as to who these defendants are, which Ken clarified that he believed that it would be the people who 'stop us from going out or delaying Brexit.'

Anyone who stops a clean break Brexit would be guilty of the offence of theft. It would be up to the law to determine who goes in the dock.

Dale really wasn't buying this at all and accused Ken of "clutching at straws if this is the best argument you can come up with."

You keep quoting it [Theft Act 1968] but I'm sorry, a vote is not property.

The very fact that you hand over the vote to the ballot box means that you have surrendered the piece of paper so you don't have any property.

Ken still tried to defy what Ken was saying.

It doesn't say that in the Theft Act. It's defined as 'all other property real or personal, including things in action' and 17.4 million votes to leave the EU are certainly a thing in action and they have been for the past two years. That's what it's all about.

Dale ends the phone call by saying that he wants to agree with Ken but concludes that this is one of the "most ridiculous arguments he's ever heard."


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