Timothy Garton Ash is, I think, making something of a mistake here. For he’s calling for the upcoming euro-elections to be seen as a second referendum on our leaving the European Union. The point being that this is going to be something of a hostage to fortune.
Perhaps more importantly the more Remoaners call for it to be seen and treated as such the more likely we are to see what lying toads they are.
Britain will have its second referendum – on 23 May. Don’t miss it
Timothy Garton Ash This is a crucial chance to show politicians how we feel now about leaving Europe. The turnout must be huge
The point being, well, what if Leave wins?
In just five weeks’ time, Britain will have a referendum on Brexit. This will take the form of elections to the European parliament, but in reality this will be a pre-referendum, or, if you like your neologisms ugly, a preferendum. So there is now one simple task: to maximise the vote for parties that support a confirmatory referendum on Brexit, giving the British people a democratic choice between accepting the negotiated Brexit deal and remaining in the EU.
And there’s the toad bit. There’s a significant portion of the population who’d prefer to just Leave. Don’t care about the terms, the deal, let’s just leave the b’tards to stew in their own juices and we’ll get on with solving whatever problems remain after we’ve not remained. And this is a significant portion – perhaps not a majority, maybe not even a plurality but that’s going to be the interesting test:
Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party has surged ahead in opinion polls for next month’s European Parliament elections, with a new survey suggesting it is on course to leave Labour and the Conservatives trailing in its wake. The YouGov poll placed the party on 27 per cent within a week of its launch, putting it well ahead of Labour on 22 per cent and the Conservatives on 15 per cent, just weeks before the 23 May elections.
The “Let’s Leave And Bugger Everything Else” vote looks pretty strong there, no?
So, the euro elections as a referendum. You sure you really want that?
If the remain vote falls then we’re back to leaving, are we? Of course, that’s not the way it will be played, we all know that. But it’s worth making the point all the same.
Of course, they are indeed toads and they’ll change the question after we’ve given the answer. As they did over the referendum of course.