Douglas Carswell

04 NOV 2016

Brexit is going to happen come what may

The High Court's ruling on Article 50 has excited some denialist Remainers. Its impact shouldn't be overstated. Brexit is going to happen – even if it takes another general election.

All this decision proves is that lawyers and financiers can be relied upon to be obstructive. But we knew that already. It won't change the fact we are leaving the EU. Indeed, it won't especially change the process.

Whether or not Parliament votes on Article 50, it was always going to have a vote on the Brexit process. MPs will need to pass the Great Repeal Bill to void the 1972 European Communities Act.

Some Remainers – both in Parliament and outside – may have convinced themselves they can use these votes to veto Brexit. But that's a fantasy.

The Brexit majority is already bigger than it was at referendum day. According to a recent poll, a fifth of Remain voters have accepted the result and want the government to get on with implementing it. Among Conservative Remain voters, that figure rises to 35%.

So if MPs really ally with lawyers and elites to try and block Brexit, what do they expect to happen? If this Parliament won't accept what the government has a mandate to do, the public will elect one that will.

Indeed, if this kind of petulance does affect Brexit, it won't be in the way the denialists imagine.

Ever since the referendum, I've put all my effort into promoting a liberal, outward-looking Brexit, based on free trade and a global outlook. By behaving this way, Remain elites are making that more difficult to achieve.

I receive a lot of angry e-mails from my constituents about these naked attempts to reverse the referendum result. The more obstructionism we see, the harder it is to reassure them that their votes won't subverted.

If the Prime Minister has to call an election on Article 50, so be it. Given that she has an 18 point lead in the polls, I doubt she's quaking at the prospect. But obstructionist Remainers should think very carefully about what that election will be like.

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