Daily Express

Peter Hill


IF YOU believed politician­s you would think Britain is a divided nation. But no one believes a word politician­s say any more so we are not divided about that at least. And despite the split vote in the referendum almost everyone apart from the Kinnock family and fatcats on the payroll will agree that we do not like the EU.

We do not like this antidemocr­atic institutio­n that has gradually usurped national government­s in a gigantic con trick planned from the start by a scheming elite but never admitted to the people.

Very few of the 500 million citizens of the EU have any love for it and most would vote to quit if it were not for the fear factor.

Those who voted yes in the 1975 referendum thought they were going to be part of a common market, freely trading goods with each other. They did not sign up to a superstate. But that is where the EU is heading unless it falls apart, which it very well might do now that Britain has shown there is an exit door.

If the leaders of the EU, none of them elected democratic­ally, were not deluded by power they would throw the vehicle into reverse and go back to a free market of sovereign nation states.

People would be much happier then. But if they insist on sticking to the United States of Europe project there will be nothing but discord, anger and chaos. q AS SO often, it takes a woman to talk sense. Germany’s Angela Merkel says there is no need for nastiness. “Britain will remain a close partner with which we are linked economical­ly,” she insists. German industry also wants peace in our time and not surprising­ly as Britain is their biggest customer.

It infuriates me when politician­s wail that Britain will suffer economical­ly by leaving the EU. That can’t happen.

We have a massive trade deficit with our European partners who can’t afford to penalise us. The fear factor is entirely on their side. Any threats are as empty as their order books will be if they impose tariffs. q THERE is another woman, however, who is not talking sense and never has. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon threatens to defy the will of the British people by refusing to sanction the referendum decision. She also hopes to hold another Scottish referendum on independen­ce.

Dream on, dear. It would be unthinkabl­e for Parliament to overturn a referendum vote because such an act would mean the end of democracy.

Short of a military coup or revolution that can’t happen. The people have spoken and the politician­s must do our bidding. No ifs or buts.

She and many of her countrymen are also dreaming if they believe Scotland will be foolish enough to seek independen­ce from Britain. Like it or not Scotland is totally dependent on the rest of the United Kingdom. If it leaves it will find scant support from the EU and who will pay the piper then? q AND forget the petition. Even if 10 million sign it, so what? We can’t keep on voting until we produce a result that satisfies the disappoint­ed.

A government can only govern by consent of a majority of the people. The majority has spoken on an issue of fundamenta­l importance. Enough already. q JUST in case EU chief demon Jean-Claude Juncker continues threatenin­g Britain – the little Luxembourg pipsqueak is apoplectic with rage – I would like to see Numbers 10 and 11 Downing Street occupied by politician­s who will fight back, who will deal out double any punishment the EU might try to inflict.

That is why David Cameron can’t stay in office until the autumn. He made an elegant farewell speech but he will only lose respect by hanging around.

As for Chancellor George Osborne, it is entirely in character that he should try to brazen it out but he is fooling nobody. He is a gone bunny. His idiotic postBrexit budget was enough to deserve the sack, never mind all his lies and threats during the campaign. q I FEAR the Tories won’t have the bottle to give the job to Boris Johnson. The man is a winner all the way but the faint hearts who run the party are scared of him. They would never have chosen Margaret Thatcher if they had suspected she would prove to be the greatest leader since Churchill. They prefer someone tame rather than a big beast.

If by chance Boris does become prime minister – and apart from Michael Gove he’s the only credible candidate – he will have to spend most of his time fighting his own party instead of challengin­g the Eurocrats. The Tory top brass are that stupid. q I HAVE not mentioned Jeremy Corbyn. Actually his unenthusia­stic support of Remain has made me respect him a tiny bit. He alone seems to have grasped that rank and file Labour party members are not fans of the EU, which has robbed them of jobs and has cut wages.

Hopeless as a leader but not as daft as he looks. Probably still the best of the appalling bunch that is the parliament­ary Labour Party. q I HOPE Britain’s lead will bring about the end of the EU as a political union. It has brought misery to millions: think of the blighted lives of all the young people with no prospect of employment in Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and other poor areas. Its religion of free movement and mass immigratio­n has wrecked cultures and economies. No one who voted Leave should have any regrets.

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