Sunday 25 June 2017

David McWilliams: Ignore all the shouting - Brits will get their Norway-style trade deal

Marine Le Pen of Le Front National is riding high in France’s opinion polls. Photo: AFP/Getty
Marine Le Pen of Le Front National is riding high in France’s opinion polls. Photo: AFP/Getty
David McWilliams

David McWilliams

Brexit changes everything. The British will leave the EU. There can be little doubt about that. How and when it happens are now matters of debate, but it will come to pass. All the legalistic talk about whether it will be politically possible for the UK to leave and whether the British Parliament must sanction this is simply the technocratic fantasy of a profoundly undemocratic elite that has been traumatised by the referendum.

Last week, this column was written from England and maintained that lots of people who voted for Brexit are not racists, nationalists or little Englanders.

Many look at the EU and see a deeply undemocratic set of institutions that appear to believe more in their own narrow interests than the fact that they are supposed to represent the people of Europe.

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