Som med de fleste andre gode ideer er journalistene i Norge og ellers i Europa motstandere av Brexit, og det merkes naturligvis på pressedekningen av prosessen vi har vært vitne til den senere tiden.
Hele tiden fremheves personer som ønsker å stanse Brexit, mens de som vil se Brexit fullført, fremstilles i mindre fordelaktig lys.
Da Brexit-tilhengernes marsj fra Nord-England til London startet for to uker siden, skrev f.eks. NTB at det stort sett var eldre som deltok, og at de ikke ville gå hele veien. Leseren skal selv forledes til å tro at han er intelligent ved selv å fullføre tankegangen: Brexit-tilhengere er gebrekkelige gæmliser som snart skal dø sammen med ideene sine.
Men saken er jo at det er tilhengerne av Brexit som har de beste argumentene og den demokratiske legitimiteten.
Talen er et lysende oppgjør med den politiske klassens hykleri,
The people inside that building are always accusing us Brexiteers of using inflammatory language.
If we call them “enemies of democracy”, they say we are being mean and nasty and dangerous.
Well, we have a very simple message for them today: If you don’t want to be called an enemy of democracy, then stop behaving like one!
Because let’s get real: our political representatives are refusing to represent us.
The vote for Brexit was the largest democratic vote in the entire history of this nation, and there are hundreds of people inside that building who are trying to block it.
And if you use your political power or your economic power to frustrate democracy, guess what that makes you? An enemy of democracy.
It is nearly three years since we voted to leave the EU and we are no closer to leaving.
And that is down to one simple thing: our politicians lied to us.
They said the decision we made in the referendum would be implemented — we now know that was a lie.
They said we would leave the Single Market and the Customs Union — we now know that was a lie.
They said they would *listen to us* — we now know that was a lie.
But perhaps the greatest lie they have told is that we didn’t really know what we were voting for in 2016.
They have described us as stupid and racist and they say we only voted for Brexit because an advert on the side of a bus told us to.
O’Neill tegner et nådeløst og ugjendrivelig portrett av EU:
Here’s the truth: we knew exactly what we were voting for in 2016 — we were voting to leave the European Union.
We voted to leave the European Union because it is a corrupt, illiberal, undemocratic, deplorable institution.
Til syvende og sist handler Brexit om å redde selve demokratiet:
We voted to leave the European Union because we think decisions about Britain’s borders and trade should be taken by people *we* elect.
We voted to leave the European Union because we believe in democracy.
The political elite might have given up on the idea of democracy, but we haven’t!
This is no longer just a fight to save Brexit — it is a fight to save democracy itself.
Because if the establishment overturns Brexit, it will make a mockery of the right to vote; it will make a mockery of those people throughout history who fought and died for our democratic rights; it will make a mockery of *us*.
The question before us right now is very simple: should decent, hard-working, everyday people have a real say in how the nation is governed?
THEY SAY NO… WE SAY YES.
Dette er altså hva som står på spill. Skal det britiske demokratiet overleve?