John Redwood MP
writes “A majority of the public wanted the UK to return to being an independent country, capable of self government with a confident outward looking view of herself in a global world. Happy to trade with the EU, keen to travel, to promote many exchanges in education, culture and tourism, the majority saw no need to lock us into a political union to allow these things to continue. They will continue anyway when we leave as they do for many other independent countries having dealings with the EU.
“The elite’s refusal to accept the decision of the people led to undue stresses and strains on most of the institutions of the UK state. The Central Bank, already brought low by its failure to stop excesses in credit prior to 2008 and by its clumsy and damaging over correction, entered the fray against the majority decision. The Courts took up cases against government and Parliament, and made decisions designed to slow down or prevent Brexit. Cartoon below from the Spectator.
“Parliament itself turned against Brexit, despite most MPs being elected in 2017 for Labour or Conservative on promises to see it through. Brexiteers were left with the irony that the very institution they wished to restore to full power did not want that power and spent its time trying to prevent the UK taking control of its own money, laws and borders.
“Some large companies turned out endless propaganda against Brexit as if the decision had not been made, repeating the often phoney claims of future economic damage that they had used to try to get people to vote their way in the first place.
“The EU itself refused to accept the verdict of the UK people, and worked with the Remain forces in the UK to seek delay or damaging terms for exit that might get the public to change their mind. Despite all of this the people voted again decisively as the decade ended to get Brexit done. That included many who voted just to leave, and others who voted for the Withdrawal Agreement on offer in anticipation of a Free Trade Agreement to follow”.
The affront to democracy is over. In a “End-of-year BBC quiz”, prizes were awarded for
“Which BBC Breakfast presenter, talking to an EU-sympathetic think-tanker, opined ‘I don’t understand, or lots of people don’t understand, why we spend so much time talking about Nigel Farage’?” and “Which senior BBC figure said we should stop using the phrase ‘mainstream media’ because it’s ‘a term of abuse’ and ‘an assault on freedom of expression’?”. There were many more examples, of which “During a phone-in, which BBC presenter said ‘Yawn’ to a member of the public when they raised the subject of BBC bias?” is one.
Keeping the best to last “Who, late on election night, got a bee in his bonnet over Boris Johnson talking of ‘the people’s government’, saying ‘We don’t like “the people’s” used in that context in this country. It’s a bit French or even possibly Russian. “The people’s” – it’s slightly odd . . . We have a parliamentary democracy and the people are represented by all sorts of other people’, then demanding, ‘Huw, could we just dwell a little bit more on that phrase “the people’s government?”’ and, after being allowed to do so, ending, ‘It rings slightly oddly in my ears’?”. Yes, it was Andrew Marr!