Jonathan Isaby is the Editor of Brexit Central
He wrote “Three years ago today, we were waking up to the news that the UK had voted to Leave the European Union, something that we marked on the BrexitCentral website yesterday, the third anniversary of the referendum itself, with this piece from former Labour MP Gisela Stuart, who was of course Chair of the Vote Leave campaign. It is, unsurprisingly, also the theme of Boris Johnson’s weekly Telegraph column this morning.
“And as I reminded the world in a tweet yesterday morning, more people voted for Brexit than have ever voted for anyone or anything in British electoral history. Which is why I was rather taken aback by the response I got from Phillip Lee
the Tory MP for Bracknell and anti-Brexit campaigner who wants another referendum. He tweeted: “Fact: More people voted for John Major’s Conservative Party in 1992 – in total and % turnout terms – than for Brexit in 2016”.
“Now, I’m usually pretty restrained about crying “fake news”, but his claim was an outright untruth. As I tweeted back at him, in 1992 the Tories received 14,093,007 of 33,614,074 votes cast, whereas at the 2016 referendum 17,410,742 of the 33,577,342 votes cast were for Leave. When an MP is claiming something to be “fact” when it is so demonstrably false, it’s little wonder public faith in our political class has sunk so low.
“Five hours after the original tweet, he admitted he made a mistake in a reply to me, saying he’d meant that more people voted in the 1992 election than the referendum in 2016 – and finally deleted his false claim, although not before it had been re-tweeted hundreds of times.
“Bracknell Forest, an area including the towns of Bracknell, Sandhurst and Crowthorne, voted to leave the EU in 2016, with 53.9% of voters in favour of exiting the bloc”.
There is now no local confidence in Lee, as the association chair, Gerry Barber, told the BBC “The result of the vote was that a majority of members present were in agreement with the motion, which was therefore passed, and the result has been communicated to Dr Lee and to the full membership”. Hardly surprising, an MP who can’t tell the difference between right and wrong should be booted out.
You can read the Gisela Stuart article here https://brexitcentral.com/