What’s the real message of the EU referendum?


THE losers must accept the verdict of the people: that the UK voted by 17,410,742, votes to 16,141,241 – by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent for Brexit.

The essence of democracy is that the losers accept the message from the electorate with good grace. But then what is this message? It seems to be a very mixed one.

This is that the UK leaves the EU, while allowing Scotland, Northern Ireland and London to remain. Here the votes were 62 per cent, 60 per cent and 59 per cent in favour of “Remain”.

The problem is the result was not even throughout the whole of the UK. In Lambeth, for example, Remain won by 111,584 votes to 30,340, and in Lewisham by 86.995 to 37,518.

That is because London is a multicultural, city. In Leicester, Re- main beat Leave by only 70,808 to 67,992, which suggests a disturbing Asian white split.

The win may turn out to be a pyrrhic victory if it leads eventually to the secession of Scotland. Brexit could also lead to the reimposition of border controls between the Irish Republic, a member of the EU, and Northern Ireland, now a Brexit candidate, thereby reigniting sectarian violence.