Dan Hannan: Don’t use Euro elections to ‘send a message’

Dan Hannan: Don’t use Euro elections to ‘send a message’

This week on the BrexitCentral Podcast I spoke to Euro candidate Dan Hannan MEP, who is standing as a Conservative for the South East region. He says Brexiteers shouldn’t use the elections as an opportunity to send a message:

“Who else is going to deliver withdrawal from the European Union in an orderly, timely, and cordial way?  I refuse to believe that every Brexiteer is an angry sort of Trumpian who just wants to register a point of view.

“There’s no need to send a message here, the message was sent on the 23rd of June 2016.

“More people voted to leave than have ever voted for anything, so we don’t need to kind of peer into the entrails to discern what the British people really think. We know that, it’s not that we didn’t get the message, the problem is we didn’t get the votes.”

He also argues that without a common allegiance, the EU can never be democratic:

“Democracy isn’t just a periodic right to put a cross on a bit of paper.

Democracy also depends on a certain relationship between government and governed… you have a pretence that there was some kind of pan-European democratic process, but honestly,  hand on heart can you imagine anybody saying, ‘well you know I was gonna vote for Weber but I reckon Verhofstadt edged it in the second debate’ – I mean it’s just a nonsense.”

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