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If at first you don’t succeed, deny, deny and deny again


THE Remain MPs who lost the referendum now tell us that we must believe in Parliamentary sovereignty and let Parliament decide whether we leave the EU or not. They try to claim that Leaver MPs are not democratic in wishing for us just to leave. They want to pitch Parliament against the people, and get Parliament to dilute or cancel Brexit. They do not accept our argument that Parliament gave the decision to voters and promised to do what they decided, so to do otherwise is to undermine the sovereignty of the people.

This week they had their way and put so-called No Deal back to the vote. They lost. Under their own doctrine they should now be saying that Parliament has exercised its powers and has come to a decision. Some of them, of course, reveal yet again their anti-democratic instincts by claiming that Parliament must vote again on this issue as it got the wrong answer. Clearly, as they see it, Parliament did not understand the question!

The irony of the Remain position is huge. These Remain MPs who delighted in voting away our Parliamentary powers in treaty after treaty, directive after directive, now like to pose as upholding the rights of the very Parliament they trashed by removing much of its freedom of action. Now they demand that Parliament votes to deny the people their decision. Each time they lose they demand a re-run on the grounds that Parliament, like the people, has got it wrong and needs to vote on it all over again.

This was first published in John Redwood’s Diary on June 15, 2019, and is republished by kind permission.

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John Redwood
John Redwood
John Redwood is Conservative MP for Wokingham and blogs on

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