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Reader’s comment: If they don’t like it they’re in the wrong country


In response to Nick Booth: Remainiacs demand another chance to tear Britain apart, Scaroth wrote:

Rather than caving in to the demands of those Remainiacs increasingly behaving like petulant children who whinge and carp because they can’t get what they want, it behoves us to remind them of some hard truths.

There have now been three national votes, partly or wholly dedicated to the future of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union. I don’t see the case for another.

The first was the 2015 general election, where the Conservatives won a majority and were elected on a pledge to hold an in/out referendum and ‘honour the result’ as set out in their manifesto – whatever it was.

The second was the referendum of 2016 itself. This enjoyed the highest turnout of voters in more than 25 years, and which (whisper it now . . . ) Leave won. Let’s put that in perspective: the landslide majorities of the New Labour governments of 1997 and 2001 had nothing like the popular support of the Leave side, and fewer people voted as a whole. For another angle, the devolution referendum of 1997 in Wales approved the creation of a Welsh Assembly by 50.3 per cent on a turnout of 50.22 per cent. The detractors against that vote lacking legitimacy in the aftermath weren’t exactly deafening, were they?

The third was the general election of just over a year ago, in which Labour and the Conservatives both endorsed ‘full’ Brexit in their manifestoes, whatever Labour says now. Indeed, there were commentators well inclined to leaving who argued for a Labour government since Corbyn and McDonnell were evidently more committed to our departure than was Theresa May. If we lump all the Labour and Tory votes together, and add on the malcontents who stuck with UKIP because they didn’t trust the Tories – and how stupid do they look now? – we end up with a whopping great total of 84.2 per cent of those of us who voted reinforcing the vote for Brexit. And the Tories took the lion’s share, with a manifesto pledge for ‘hard’ Brexit – or leaving the EU, as it used to be termed before the commentariat got to work on their divide-and-conquer strategy.

Now these people want another vote?

The case against them is the case for democracy, the same democracy we led the world in establishing, and it needs to be spelled out in no uncertain terms. Remind them of it at every opportunity, and ignore their protestations. They are the ones with the problem – and if they don’t like it, well, they’re in the wrong country. We are not Greece. We are not going to be bullied into submission by Barnier and his supplicants in the civil service over here and their friends in the media. We are going to leave the EU. For the sale of the wellbeing of the country, I pray these numbskulls wake up and accept the fact, for the consequences of their not doing so will not be pretty.

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