Government assumed that British people would vote to remain in EU
DOWNING Street is panicking over the EU referendum because the government’s assumptions that voters would overwhelmingly back the remain side have been proven completely wrong, it has been revealed.
Tory MP Steve Baker, the joint chairman of Conservatives for Britain, told a Brexit conference that a senior minister told him this week that they had planned for having a 20 to 30 point lead in favour of staying in the EU at this stage.
Instead the government and pro-EU campaigners are behind in one poll by nine points and in the Daily Express’ online poll are facing 92 per cent in favour of a Brexit.
Mr Baker told the Daily Express: “I was having a drink with a senior minister last night and he told me that the expectation [in Downing Street] was that at this stage they [David Cameron’s pro-EU campaign] would be 20 to 30 points ahead.
I must say that I feel pretty damn cynical about this EU referendum. I’m not a bit surprised if more and more Britons want to leave the EU, given the ghastly mess it’s turned into, with armies of rapists on the loose. But I don’t think what Britons might think is of any interest to the governing British political class, who are almost all on board for the EU “project”. And they’ll get their way, whatever anyone else thinks. And if the referendum looks like it won’t go the way they want, they’ll either:
- Not have a referendum, despite having promised one.
- Defer any referendum for as long as possible.
- Fix the result of the referendum.
- Ignore the result if the ‘wrong’ answer is given.
- Make people vote again until they give the ‘right’ answer (the EU’s own approach).
- Delay and procrastinate about acting to leave the EU.
- Scare the living daylights out of people to ensure they vote to stay in.
- Start a war.
Anyway, my prediction is that in 5 years time, Britain will still be inside the EU, even if 95% of Britons want to leave it, because what ordinary Britons might want doesn’t matter a toss to the European political class and its British members.
After all, it’s not as if we’re living in a parliamentary democracy, is it?