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How Brexit could strengthen us

Amid all the bad news about Brexit – the lies on the bus, the shrinking economy, the paralysed opposition, we are prone to forget the benefits it is bringing us. I am talking about our understanding of the European Union. Politicians who have for years loftily ignored it are at last being forced to find out a bit about how it works. Large numbers of the population who had hardly heard of the EU before the referendum are gaining some glimmer of what it’s all about.

So a nation for years isolated …

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Vote Leave: Strong democratic case for referendum on the Brexit deal

When Liberal Democrats have talked about offering a referendum on the Brexit deal, they have had tonnes of abuse shovelled at them from outraged Brexiteers. We’re undemocratic, they say. We’re not willing to accept the will of the people. How on earth giving the people a say on whether their government has interpreted their wishes correctly is undemocratic is beyond me, but to the Boris Johnsons, and Iain Duncan Smiths and Theresa Mays of this world, it makes sense. That would be the people with power who don’t want it challenged.

Tony Blair is the latest figure to come in for the disapproval of the Brexiteer zealots, which now appear to include the Labour leadership. I’ll just leave this tweet from Robert Hutton here, just as an aside:

What’s interesting is that Tony Blair didn’t say much different what Nick Clegg and Tim Farron have been saying since the referendum. It’s hardly surprising that both Liberal Democrats expressed approval.

We can be absolutely certain that had the vote on 23rd June been 52-48 in favour of Remain that the Leave campaign would have been arguing for a second referendum already.

But a referendum on the Brexit deal is an entirely different thing. So what did Vote Leave have to say about that? Well, in January 2016, before we even knew the date of the referendum, Vote Leave’s director Dominic Cummings, the guy who came up with the £350 million a week for the NHS pledge which was dumped within hours of the result being known, gave an interview to the Economist. Twitter is full today of how this is still being linked to from the Vote Leave website.

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  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 21st May - 8:38pm
    @Michael 1 There you go again. If it’s in an opinion poll, it must be right. We shall see. For the record, in the seven...
  • User AvatarGlenn 21st May - 8:34pm
    Frankie You mean the steel manufacturer that was marching for survival in 2015 while we were still in the EU. You need to look up...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 21st May - 8:26pm
    Would it be helpful if Joseph and Michael had a special thread all of their ownio ? Florrie Forde - Oh! Oh! Antonio (1908) -...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 21st May - 8:08pm
    @Charles Rothwell It might be ok for you not to receive a leaflet from the Lib Dems; but you, like me, would appear to be...
  • User AvatarDavid Langshaw 21st May - 7:57pm
    I do hope that Lord Heseltine's local party (somewhere in Northants?) arranges for him to be given a lift to the Polling Station - think...
  • User Avatarbob sayer 21st May - 7:19pm
    Not sure the reason we should be concerned is that tory members would vote for no deal. 1. There arent that many of them nowadays...