Douglas Carswell

08 DEC 2016

Team Remain's top three new Brexit fibs

Yesterday's Brexit debate featured a couple of great speeches – notably Michael Gove's. But, overall, it only offered more disingenuous delaying tactics from reactionary Remainers. Their bid to block Brexit now rests on three major myths.


Myth #1: "The government hasn't revealed its negotiating strategy to Parliament"

The idea behind yesterday's motion, tabled by Labour's front bench, was that the government has kept Parliament in the dark over its goals from the Brexit negotiations. But that's bunk.

The government has said it wants to take back full control over our laws and our borders, while maintaining the freest possible trade. That seems like a pretty clear aim to me.

What the deal Britain ultimately reaches with the EU will look like, however, is a separate question. That can't be revealed before negotiations start – because, by definition, the negotiations will determine it.

The government can hardly be attacked for failing to disclose the unknowable. If that's Remainers' best excuse for refusing to back Article 50, it's pretty desperate.


Myth #2: "Brexit should mean staying in the customs union/single market"

Brexit campaigners were clear about what a Leave vote meant: no more laws from Brussels; no more common external tariff; no more freedom of movement; access to – but not membership of – the single market. And, at the time, Remain campaigners agreed.

But strangely, since losing the referendum, they've changed their tune. Some MPs now pretend that leaving the EU can mean staying in EU institutions. They seem to think they can rebadge "EU membership" as "Brexit", and no one will notice.

How stupid do they think the British people are?


Myth #3: "We respect the referendum result"

Those MPs still campaigning to block Brexit were careful to preface their remarks yesterday by affirming that they respect the referendum result. It's a meaningless platitude.

The referendum result doesn't need to be respected by MPs; it needs to be obeyed. Parliament gave the people the right to decide whether Britain would leave the European Union. But, six months since that decision was taken, many MPs have done nothing but obstruct it at every turn.


Enough of this parliamentary posturing. This timewasting by MPs serves nobody's interests – and popular patience is rightly wearing thin.

If this House of Commons won't deliver Brexit, let's dissolve it, and elect one that will.

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