Betrayed Brexit voters will give up on democracy
Who can doubt the contribution to Friday’s Chequers debacle made by the storied ranks of Whitehall’s Sir Humphreys, skilled beyond measure in manipulating politicians into standing on their heads and swearing they are still the right way up?
Right from the moment Britain voted to leave the EU, it was clear that the entire political establishment would unite to thwart this. On Friday, it won and the British people lost.
With the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson, however, both the Chequers agreement and Mrs May’s government are now disintegrating by the minute.
What is beyond doubt, though, is the damage that has been done not just to political careers or the Conservative Party but, far more dangerously, to voters’ belief in the democratic process itself.
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