Only way to re­spect ref­er­en­dum is to leave

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - John Lewis Brid­gend

“THIS is an in/out ref­er­en­dum”, “if we vote to leave we will leave”, “when the British pub­lic speak their voice will be re­spected.”

Un­equiv­o­cal com­mit­ments from a Prime Min­is­ter and a gov­ern­ment oth­er­wise known for its oleagi­nous du­plic­ity.

Dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign the lead­ing lights on both sides were politi­cians. It would be sur­pris­ing if they’d avoided ex­ag­ger­a­tion, hy­per­bole and porky pies. How­ever, the ex­tra money for the NHS is still a pos­si­bil­ity, the fi­nan­cial col­lapse and the emer­gency bud­get fol­low­ing the vote for Brexit have been shown to be scare­mon­ger­ing non­sense.

The EU has never had any in­ten­tion of ne­go­ti­at­ing a give­and-take deal, and the only way of re­spect­ing the ref­er­en­dum re­sult is to leave. There are dan­gers in­her­ent in leav­ing with no deal, but even greater dan­gers in re­main­ing on any terms that the EU would find “ac­cept­able”.

In his state of the union speech, Jean-Claude Junker made it clear they in­tend to take more pow­ers from the na­tional par­lia­ments in pur­suit of a Euro­pean su­per-state.

Their aim is to cre­ate a sys­tem of gov­ern­ment that is in­de­pen­dent of the elec­torates, rather like the monar­chies of the old, and the even more dis­gust­ing regimes that suc­ceeded them in Europe.

Would the suf­fragettes have made the ef­fort if they’d known that a cen­tury later the gov­ern­ing class would be so de­ter­mined to hand over ul­ti­mate power to an un­elected alien junta?

SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IM­AGES

Jean-Claude Juncker, Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion

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