2018-01-11 10:46:56 UTC
Incredibly, Nigel Farage has said that he is thinking about their being
a second referendum on EU membership.
His logic, apparently, is that it would silence Brexit's critics for a
generation. I would suggest he is being incredibly stupid. Perhaps he
has become too wrapped up in the political bubble to see what's real to
people in the country. I don't know. But holding another referendum -
and even suggesting it - is and would be a completely inept thing to do.
First, the public were promised that whatever they decided in June 2016
WOULD BE PUT INTO EFFECT. That was the threat or promise to the public,
and they voted on that basis. Even to ask them the same question again
would be a betrayal - the kind that makes people disbelieve in politics
and the political process.
Second, the EU has a reputation for getting people to vote again if they
don't give the EU the answer it wants. I find it hard to believe that
Nigel Farage, of all people, is saying he might be complicit in doing
Third, he seems to forget that overconfidence can lead to a fall. There
is NO guarantee that the public would vote the way he wants a second
time. They might. But elections are fickle things and Farage might be
caught up in his own world of self belief where the world is as he wants
to see it. And he is stupid to let that cloud his judgement.
Fourth, if he is suggesting a referendum on the terms and the choice is
to accept them or stay in then it will say to the EU that if they offer
us a bad deal we will stay. As a proposition, that is completely inept.
So whatever Nigel Farage's problems are with the Remoaners who keep
annoying him personally I would suggest he discusses with wiser heads
than just his own in future before he opens his mouth again. He has done
a great job in this past. But this is not about him and his personal
opinions. It is about the future of millions of us, not one individual,
no matter how prominent or important he has been in the past. He, too,
is subject to their expressed will.