Speaking this morning on the Andrew Marr show, Liam Fox made the above comment, proving that his capacity to understand his colleagues and the nation his Government is supposed to be leading and serving is close to zero. Tragically Liam is not the only Minister who takes such a view. However he was the one on Marr who made that statement today.
If like his Cabinet colleagues his attempt to understand the population was going back to the 24th June 2016 the correct assessment of the population would be to say that a few more than half of the voters were a leave population. Equally almost half of the voters were committed to remaining at that time. If we take polls seriously, the same mechanism that Liam Fox and his colleagues used to ‘explain’ why we had voted to leave the EU, then they now explain that now more than half the population now want to have a further referendum to resolve some of the problems that have arisen since the vote in 2016. The polls also suggest that many people wish to remain in the EU now that the reality has begun to be better understood and has been affected by the way in which the Government and Parliament has processed the decision taken on 23rd June 2016.
In terms of the claim by Liam that Parliament is a body of people who are remainers, it seems vital that just as his assessment of the rest of us goes back to the single and isolated vote taken on June 2016 that he does not ignore the single and isolated vote taken by MPs on 1st February 2017 to authorise the Government to enact Article 50. Whereas the referendum was determined by a 52% / 48% outcome based on a 72% turnout, the decision to enable the Government to enact Article 50 was based on a 94% turnout and a 81% / 19% outcome in favour of Article 50.
So either Liam needs to change his phrase and admit this in public or else he needs to address the gap in time by promoting the idea of a new referendum which will enable him and his colleagues to better understand what the views of our nation are, now that so much time has passed since 1st February 2017, let alone 23rd June 2016!