Transport Minister and Brexiteer Chris Grayling has warned that an attempt by MPs to stop Brexit would “open the door to extremist populist political forces”.
Grayling, a close ally of Theresa May who campaigned for Leave, wants politicians to back May’s deal. “People have to think long and hard about how they are going to vote. This is too important for political game-playing and I urge Conservative MPs who back Brexit and others to back the deal.”
He told the Daily Mail that if it doesn’t happen “we risk a break with the British tradition of moderate, mainstream politics that goes back to the Restoration in 1660”.
When it comes to politicians seeking to overturn the will of the people: “MPs need to remember that Britain, its people and its traditions are the mother of Parliaments. We ignore that and the will of the people at our peril.”
Highlighting the huge anger that would result if Brexit was blocked, he also said: “People should not underestimate this. We would see a different tone in our politics. A less tolerant society, a more nationalistic nation.
“It will open the door to extremist populist political forces in this country of the kind we see in other countries in Europe.
“If MPs who represent seats that voted 70% to leave say ‘sorry guys, we’re still going to have freedom of movement’, they will turn against the political mainstream.”
Theresa May’s deal does not deliver and is a £39 billion EU trap that would lock the UK into the orbit of Brussels indefinitely. That is why virtually every pro-Brexit MP has made clear they will vote it down.
But Grayling’s warnings as to the sense of betrayal if the referendum result is overturned should be listened to. The UK must exit the European Union on 29th March 2019, as promised.