With Vote Leave gone, Brexit risks being defined by its enemies and moulded to fit their caricature. Theresa May, for example, has adopted a fringe position on EU migrants, keeping open the possibility of deporting them en masse in the confused belief that, if she doesn’t keep up that threat, British pensioners might be expelled from the Costa del Sol. Vote Leave had said all EU nationals here legally should stay legally, a consensus backed by everyone from the Liberal Democrats to Ukip. But when Mrs May decided to place a question mark on the status of legal EU passport holders in the UK, Vote Leave was not around to show her the consequences.
Mrs May shrewdly appointed Brexit-eers to positions of influence in the government, but this already looks like turning into a bad episode of Yes, Minister. David Davis, the Secretary of State for Brexit, was handed a new government department only to find himself fighting a one-man turf war with the civil service. Permanent secretaries are boasting about how they have stopped their most talented officials being seconded to help the Brexit agenda they campaigned against. Mr Davis had hoped for a team of 200 people to help chart the new territory; he has been given 100.
And so it goes on. Don’t particularly like Fraser Nelson as a rule but he’s right on this. As UKIP Brexiteers know full well, Tory Brexiteers are sham. They hijacked the ‘leadership’ of Brexit after first ensuring that there had to be a ‘leadership’, a one voice.
They never expected to win. We won. Now they don’t know how to get out of it.
So they stall and make big noises, people on Twitter and elsewhere defend them but truth is – they have no intention of Brexit. It will be like Waiting for Godot.
Which is criminal and a slap in the face to the 52% of our population.
And they think they can get away with it.
And so far it looks that way.