What's Remain on about? Of course Brexit has a plan

The Europhiles' charge of the day is that Brexiteers don't have a plan. But we do -- to leave the EU. There is only one substantive question: remain in the single market, or go for a free trade deal. The rest, for both sides, is just tactics. Remain's argument is, once again, specious

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Yes. That's the plan. We're leaving. Bye. bye...
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On 1 July 2016 12:45

Apart from the propositions that democracy is really a rather bad idea -- we knew they thought that already -- and that the markets are tanking -- in fact the FTSE has posted its biggest weekly rally this year -- the biggest, endlessly repeated, charge from the Europhiles is that the Brexit camp doesn't have a plan now that it has won the referendum.

More evidence of why it is dangerous to give dumb people the vote! You let the proles in on something as substantial as our membership of the European Union, and, when they get their way, they have no clue what to do with their victory.

Except that, like the Remain campaign itself, this is totally disingenuous.

We know exactly what we want. And we do have a plan. The plan is to leave the European Union. And we can, as long as the democratic will of the people is not overturned.

All that Remain -- backed of course by the BBC -- is saying is that we don't know exactly how the negotiations will go. But no-one could know that in advance. The point, at best, falls into the category of true but trivial. In addition, it would be foolish for us to show our hand before we do start negotiating.

The EU also doesn't know what its tactics will be at this stage, and isn't showing its hand anyway. In that same true-but-trivial sense, Remain doesn't have a plan either.

To repeat, the strategic plan for the Leavers is clear: Brexit. The tactics will have to be developed along the way.

Moreover, we currently have a lame duck prime minister who backed Remain. He rightly says that he isn't going to be the one to put the will of the people into practice.

If his replacement comes from within the Brexit camp -- and this remains to be seen -- developing the tactics to implement the strategic goal of Brexit will be as straightforward as our counter-party will allow.

Ultimately, if the result of the referendum is to stand, the only serious question is whether we can negotiate a deal in which we retain membership of the single market while regaining control of our borders, or whether we ditch single market membership and go for a straightforward free trade deal.

It will probably have to be the latter. But until we start the negotiations, we simply can't know.

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