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READER LETTER: 'Our Brexit vote is being ignored'

PUBLISHED: 08:01 21 April 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Brexit talks. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in Brexit talks. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The idea of the sanctity of the British vote is so embedded in our national psyche that the threat of a winning vote being ignored is unthinkable.

To the British people, ignoring a winning vote reeks of corruption, and is the sort of thing we associate with some incompetent or corrupt countries around the world.

That explains the deep psychological shock being felt by many as our MPs seem to be engaging in indulgent - yes, Theresa May was right to call them indulgent - and highly individualistic behaviour.

The shameful manipulation of language is an ongoing exercise, one example being accusations levelled at Conservatives Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson, for being 'extremists.'

What must not be recognised amongst all the noise it seems, is the truth - that the stand these two MPs are taking most closely represents the winning vote in the EU referendum.

Another linguistic trick is the phrase 'the People's Vote' which has entered the debate, as if this is a new idea being put to 'the people' for the first time. But we have already had our 'People's Vote'.

It happened in 2016, and as one cultural commentator has pointed out, it really was 'people' who voted that time, and not sheep, pigs or cows.

However, I do believe that if animals could vote, they would probably vote leave too, because under British law, the transport of animals is likely to be more humane.

It was in the remit of all MPs to understand the concerns of all their constituents, but it was not in the remit of any of them, especially those who came from an area with a majority voting leave, to deviate from the national winning vote and the common purpose - leaving the EU.

Unfortunately, I believe our MPs became caught up in this ideological war. Increasingly, the whole argument seemed very London-centric, as the rest of the country looked on.

I saw this as the point when politics lost any sense of honour, and became like any other business to be marketed. Voters were not individuals to be respected, but customers, in a cynical game, who had to be sold the right ideas.

And if a voter did not choose the right idea, the message was that the voter was flawed.

In an age when we are bound by law not to show prejudice regarding race, gender or disability, we had become a country that deemed it fair game to demonise an entire class of voter.

As I watch on television the Speaker's cry in the House of Commons for 'Order! Order!' I often ask myself 'We voted to leave the EU. Why can't MPs take an order from us?'.

Perhaps the best servants in public life now are the armed forces.

When we give the order that they will risk their lives for us, they obey.

I know who gets my vote for honour.

FIONA TURNER

Antingham

North Walsham

-What do you think? To share your views on this issue and others, write to nnn.letters@archant.co.uk

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