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Toby Young
Sunday 24th March 2019

It's time to send for Michael Gove


On Friday in the Spectator’s Coffee House podcast I suggested Michael Gove should be installed as a caretaker leader until June. I believe this is our best chance — perhaps our only chance — of honouring the result of the referendum.

To be clear, I’m a passionate Brexiter and would like as clean a break with Brussels as possible. I want out of the Customs Union and out of the Single Market. If I was an MP, I’d be a member of the ERG. The disastrous course of the Brexit negotiations has made me more anxious to leave, not less. The fact that so many MPs and senior civil servants have proved unequal to the task of extricating ourselves from the clutches of this supranational octopus shows how infantilized our political class has become as a result of having allowed Parliament’s sovereignty to ebb away. The process of renewal cannot begin until we’ve recovered that sovereignty and it cannot start soon enough. Had the British people not voted to Leave in 2016, I think we would have passed the point of no return. It was our last chance to save the UK as an independent sovereign nation state and we took it.

I now fear Brexit is in peril. A majority of MPs are opposed to no deal and, unfortunately, they’re prepared to defy the will of the British people, as expressed in both the EU referendum and the 2017 General Election, to prevent us leaving if they possibly can, whether that means kicking Brexit into the long grass, a second referendum or revoking Article 50. The size and manner of yesterday’s protest indicates that the Remainers have never been more confident. They can sense that reversing the outcome of the referendum is within their grasp. (To read more, click here.)

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