Honderdduizenden demonstranten trok de anti-Brexit betoging in Londen zaterdag 20 oktober. Een van de eisen: een nieuw referendum. De reactie van het conservatieve pro-brexit parlementslid Jacob Rees-Mogg: ‘we have already had a People’s vote’
Een van de demonstranten, de student Jude Wilkinson geeft hem van repliek:
We haven’t. When the public voted, they did not know what the actual deal would look like, so to imply that they’ve endorsed any deal irrespective of its merits is ludicrous. To use the analogy of a protestor on BBC News, if you were engaged to someone and they turned out to be a psychopath just before the wedding, you would be well within your rights to cancel the whole affair.
It is deeply frustrating that the response to any form of democratic engagement is simply a dogmatic insistence that ‘the people have spoken’. As a young person today, it is maddening to have everything that I care so deeply about trampled by those who have a jihadist certainty of the merits of their own post-Brexit utopia.
The Tory right are like the Oliphaunts in Lord of the Rings – ancient, blundering creatures, impervious to nuance or compromise. And they are trampling us all in their wake.