Friday, 24 June 2016

EU Referendum Night Part IV

The best part about all of this is that we don't really know from one minute to the next what the hell is going on. This is the way democracy ought to be. Swindon has just come in and is broadly in line with expectations. Oh and turnout seems to be lower in areas where there was expected to be a majority for Remain over Leave.

Thus it seems to be the case that, as many of us have been saying all along, Leave voters are simply more motivated to turn out than those who want to Remain. Why? Because people cannot think of a positive reason to vote to stay in the EU. The prime minister's bullying, project fear approach may have spectacularly backfired on him as it always deserved to do.

This being the case - and insert caveat about early days here - but can he really, as per that letter, stay in office and lead the country as we start to negotiate our leaving terms? Why would we want him to? Why would the people of this country, whom the country tried to bully with talk about terrorism, recession, war, higher taxes and spending cuts, want him to continue? How could we trust the man who told us that he had got us a great deal to go into bat for us again against the same people who turned him down so humiliatingly just 4 months ago?

Whatever the final result, even if we finally get what will be a very very narrow win for Remain, this is would be a pyrrhic victory for this prime minister and for the EU. Knowing the EU as we do they won't care. They would continue as usual. Let's hope it doesn't happen.

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