Senior Patron Norman Lamont on the House of Lords and Brexit

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NORMAN LAMONT If House of Lords try to stop Brexit they should be banished once and for all. 

If the referendum was held again today my guess is that even more people would vote Leave


So now we are on our way. We can really believe the process of leaving the EU has begun. It’s going to happen.

Wednesday’s 384-vote majority for the Bill that will allow the ­negotiations for ­leaving to begin was one of the largest on record.

It could have been even larger if some of those who voted against had not ignored their constituents.

My guess is that if the referendum were held again today, the majority for leaving would be even greater than it was in June last year.

Remoaners complain about “propaganda” by the Leave campaign.

But the endless barrage of blood- curdling official warnings from the Bank of England, the IMF, the Treasury and the OECD must have had considerable impact and frightened some people off who really wanted to vote leave.

Today, people can see that at least in the short run these forecasts were wrong and they were also politically motivated.

The British people have had more than 40 years of the European Union in which to make up their own minds.

During that time Europe has changed out of all recognition. That is clearly ­demonstrated in the repeated changes of name, from the European Economic Community (EEC) which we thought we were joining, to the European ­Community (EC) and then to today’s proto-federalist European Union (EU).

All this was done by treaties on which the public had no say. A referendum in this country was long overdue, because Europe had changed.

After the result of the referendum was clear, the politicians should have come together and supported the Government in its negotiating strategy.

Those who carp and criticise are undermining the national interest and making it easier for those in Brussels with whom we have to negotiate.

There are still too many politicians in the Commons and the Lords who pay lip service to the result of the referendum, claiming they respect it but in reality never miss an opportunity to obstruct the process of leaving.

They pounce on and magnify every minor issue which might be a problem.

Some more blatantly say the referendum was consultative but not binding, even though the Prime Minister and the official leaflet sent to every house said the people’s vote would be final.

Others say that the process of leaving is too complicated to be practical.


That was the line of Sir Ivan Rogers, our gloom-laden former man in ­Brussels who felt everything would take decades, cost billions and was hideously too complex even to explain to Parliament.

Monday, February 6, 2017