Worth pointing out that Scotland did not vote to leave, nor, funnily enough, did my constituency of Surrey South West, both with remain votes of well over 60%.
Our Member of Parliament, Jeremy Hunt, the current Foreign Secretary, nonetheless voted in favour of leaving when the vote was put to Parliament, despite the wishes of the majority in his constituency, and he was by no means alone in voting contrary to the wishes of the voters he is supposed to represent.
If the whole Brexit debacle has proven anything, it’s that our archaic system of government is simply no longer fit for purpose.
Something that seems to get lost in all of this is that it is, effectively, a large part of England who wanted to leave the EU, not the whole of the UK. And, because Theresa May, in her hubris and naivety, called a snap General Election with the hope of strengthening the Tory majority, and, in failing to do so, then had to lean on a Northern Irish party in order to form a government, has had the effect of magnifying the issue of the Irish border to the detriment of the rest.
Make no mistake, if the UK stumbles out of the EU without a deal, that will give endless ammunition to those who seek to break up the UK, and what seems like a bad situation now will surely worsen.
It is not the “will of the British people” to leave the EU. It is the will of a quarter of the total population, the vast majority of whom live in England. (Scotland has roughly the same population as London, another area, which, ironically, voted against leaving.)
The system is broken, and there is nobody amongst the ranks of our current politicians who stands a chance of uniting the country one way or the other.
It is, to quote Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It, an “omnishambles”.