Centuries of democracy — forgotten in a tantrum.

Graham Charles Lear
3 min readAug 31, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: 54% more people voted to Leave than voted for the Government of the day

Plus some embarrassing facts for Hammond and the luvvies

Dear reader put the intricacies of Brexit out of your mind for a minute. Yes, we know that’s a big ask, but please try.

As we all know, what happened over three years ago on 23 June 2016 was the biggest democratic vote for anything in the history of our proud nation.

But what does this really mean? And why are Remoaners from Philip Hammond to Hugh Grant ignoring this? Let’s first look at some facts.

Let’s put the EU Referendum result into context

17,410,742 people voted to leave the European Union

That’s 53.6% more than voted for the Government of the day

Only 11,334,226 people had voted for David Cameron’s Government

The Conservative manifesto, Philip Hammond, and the Referendum Act

Just 13 months before the EU Referendum, 11,334,226 had voted for David Cameron’s Conservative Party which then formed the Government on 07 May 2015. This was the same Government which enacted the EU Referendum Bill, following a firm manifesto commitment.

Only two weeks after the General Election, the Referendum Bill was presented to the House of Commons. It was formally introduced by a certain Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, then Foreign Secretary, on 28 May 2015. He was the Minister who was responsible for the drafting of the Bill and was its official Sponsor.

Only 53 MPs voted against the Bill becoming law on its third reading. It then became the European Union Referendum Act 2015, following the receipt of Royal Assent on 17 December 2015.

Where were the howls of outrage from Remainer MPs and luvvies then?

- There weren’t any

Why not?

  • Because they were certain they would win.

The European Union Referendum Act 2015, together with all the absolute promises in writing by the Government and Remain, campaigners, removed the decision from Parliament and returned it to the people. The people decided.

Centuries of democracy — forgotten in a tantrum

We are all now seeing the unedifying sight of Remoaner MPs, professional campaigners, and luvvies, all screaming outrage with little regard for the facts. The hysteria has now surpassed levels which we had thought insuperable last year.

The simple fact is that we live in a parliamentary democracy. Parliament delegated this particular decision on EU membership to the voters, telling them that the result would be implemented “the next day” (PM Cameron), and the voters duly voted.

For more than three years we have had people with little or no knowledge of the facts, deciding that they know better than the majority of the British electorate. This is the same British electorate that gave a 54% bigger mandate to this decision to leave the EU than they had given the previous year to their own new Government.

MPs, professional campaigners, and luvvies do not get to overturn General Election results. They didn’t cry outrage when a law was passed that provided for a referendum they thought they were certain of winning.

How low will they go?

Finally, so that readers know the depths to which the Remoaners have descended, below is a tweet a couple of days ago from one Hugh Grant.

Comedic actors are capable of delivering very funny lines in an effective way — lines which were written for them by someone else. I am unaware of Mr. Grant’s expertise on all the details of EU membership, nor of his expertise in Parliamentary customs and procedures. I respectfully suggest to Mr. Grant that at the very least he refrain from foul-mouthed abuse.

[ Sources: Hansard | Electoral Commission | Twitter for Hugh Grant ]

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Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.