If Leave means Leave, why are these Leavers against it?by Chaminda Jayanetti / October 24, 2019 / Leave a comment
“We knew what we were voting for.”
Did you, now? Apparently 17.4 million people all knew what they were voting for when they voted Leave.
With Boris Johnson reaching a new deal to take Britain out of the EU, we are told that *this* is what the 52 percent were voting for. (Nobody has asked the 52 percent, of course.) The headbangers of the European Research Group have fallen in line, the Pravda propagandists at the Telegraph obediently perform jubilation, and the Tory frontbench is finally united.
Enter the DUP like a fart at a party. While the Tories get drunk on their own hubris, Northern Ireland’s hardline unionists are kicking up an almighty stink at how the deal has left them for dead.
“The Prime Minister has lost my respect,” thundered DUP MP Sammy Wilson this week. “It creates a border in the Irish Sea and [we] will not support it.”
It has often been argued by Remainers that while there was a public majority for Brexit, there was never a majority for a specific form of Brexit. Most Leave voters wanted to end free movement of people, but not all. Some wanted to leave the customs union, but not all. Many wanted a No Deal Brexit, but not all.
This argument has always been rejected by the “Get On With It” brigade. But if Johnson’s Brexit deal was put to a public referendum against Remain, it would almost certainly be crushed in both Scotland and Northern Ireland—two of the UK’s four constituent nations.
In fact, this Brexit deal would be imposed on Northern Ireland against the express wishes of almost all its elected representatives in Stormont and Westminster.
English Leave voters broadly back Johnson’s deal. Northern Irish Leave voters do not. Anyone trying to claim the 52 percent “knew what they were voting for” has to explain how these two groups knew what they were voting for when they clearly voted for very different things.
Across the UK in general, more 2016 Remain voters appear to back the deal than Leave voters oppose it. But depending on the poll, 25-40 percent of people don’t know what they think, and around ten percent of 2016 Leave voters outright oppose the deal. If Leave…