Dan Hannan, who I admire greatly, has penned numerous pieces about how a slim majority for Leaving the EU does not provide Brexiteers with a mandate for a clean Brexit, but (in his words) “a phased and partial recovery of powers”
He is overlooking a key piece of information that I would suggest renders his argument inert.
You see, the campaign for Brexit was quite dirty – both sides exaggerated unashamedly when defining the consequences of the British electorate voting the wrong way.
The Leavers said that staying in the EU would be to shackle ourselves to a corpse, and that leaving would give the NHS £350m a week.
The Remainers said that if we left the EU, the economy would crash, there would be punishment budgets, and the world would basically end, but that Remaining in the EU would enable us to remain at peace and happy, joyfully continuing to partner with the EU while they earnestly undertook the challenge of reforming the EU with our help.
All was bollocks – the Brexiteers had no power whatever to bind the British government to spending £350m on the NHS, and the Remainers knew full well that the EU had little appetite for reform but very large appetites for a federal Europe and their own Army, regardless what lies Nick Clegg might have told us in exchange for his lovely EU pension.
If we had voted to Remain, it would have been fair to contend that a mandate had been given by the British electorate to pursue the goals of the campaign, because we would have done so despite the extreme consequences laid out by its opponents.
But we voted to Leave, which means the British electorate voted to Leave despite the plagues of locusts and the imminent punishment beatings.
We desired the outcome so vigorously, we were willing to tolerate the tortures.
Anyone who dares to suggest that our course must now be moderated, even though we boldly demanded it despite the terrible consequences, is having a second bite at their nauseating cherry.
They are saying “If you insist on full speed ahead, you’ll crash” but then once we demand full speed ahead anyway they are retreating into “Ah, but you didn’t really understand what the consequences would be of full speed ahead, so we’ll slow you to a crawl”.
To keep you safe.
Sorry – you cannot reasonably make an extreme offer, then renege on it.
Hand over our Brexit, bitches.