The central pillars of the Brexit campaign was an immigration policy based upon an Australian-style points system and the cost of EU membership, supposedly £350M per week, to be spent on the NHS.
These central pillars are not under debate, they are fact. They were said again and again and the £350 million per week was displayed across the Brexit big red bus in very large letters.
I did not vote for Brexit but I accept the result. Democracy is messy and part of democracy is acceptance of decisions even when we do not like them. I do not adhere to the second referendum argument or the idea that the referendum outcome should be stopped by some legal juggling. It is what it is and Parliament must proceed with it unless it wants to make a total mockery of our democracy.
Having said that however, since the Brexit Vote was based upon those central pillars, then they must be delivered. If they are changed retrospectively, as seems to be happening, then this equally makes a mockery of our democracy.
We are so used to politicians being economical with the truth that we have almost come to accept it as part of our political system. In this case however, the country took what is perhaps the most momentous decision in a generation. If that choice was made upon lies, then those that made them must be called to account.
The Nobel Physicist Niels Bohr said, “I don’t make predictions particularly about the future.” We should therefore, not assume the promises will not be kept, rather than wait and see what happens. Nevertheless, a clear message should be sent so there is no doubt that the electorate is watching.