Writing in the Telegraph, the Conservative MP and Brexiteer highlighted several reasons why and how the EU has slowly nestled its way into Britain’s constitution. Mr Duncan Smith told of how although Brexit is very much a current issue, its roots and beginnings can be found to have stretched for nearly four decades – years in which that would inevitably lead to the British people wanting to reclaim their sovereignty.
He wrote: “It has long been apparent that the EU has eaten into the very soul of the British establishment – yet only now is it becoming clear just how bad things have got.
“For more than 40 years, this one-way process has gone on relentlessly as our political elite and professional bodies succumbed to political and financial inducements from Brussels, undermining our sense of nationhood and blurring the lines of accountability and loyalty.
“Up until now this has happened away from the public gaze, in the back rooms of power. For years the public could not see the extent of the conspiracy because, as the Tory MP and former chancellor Lord Thorneycroft put it of the European project: ‘The people must be led slowly and unconsciously into the abandonment of their traditional economic defences.’
“Now, finally, the subterfuge of our ruling class has been exposed – first at the referendum, and then during the interminable parliamentary turmoil that has followed, as too many MPs showed they simply could not bear the idea of the UK leaving the EU.
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The veteran politician goes on to note the hypocrisy of those who wish to remain in the EU, their dogma increasingly exposed as Parliamentary power is stretched and moulded into whatever shape suits them, he claims.
Further, Mr Duncan Smith talks of what he views as the sad truth that has come over the UK, with those same remain politicians attack the idea of national identity as some form of xenophobia”.
He said: “How the bien-pensants shake their heads when the cross of St George is hauled aloft, waved at football matches or even attached to the outside of houses.
“Yet the same people look on with approval as the EU flag is flown in protest around Parliament. I even heard one very forceful Remainer admit to how uncomfortable they felt at the sight of the ‘English’ flag.”
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The MP says the EU has eaten into the UK’s ‘soul’
Mr Duncan Smith says too many Remainers see those who support Brexit as “xenophobes” and “petty nationalists” – groups that fail to follow modern values.
This is where their view of the EU is skewed, he says, as those Remainers see the EU as some sort of beacon that represents a higher set of values than those present in the UK.
This, he reasons, causes those who wish to remain in the EU as “hateful small-mindedness” Brexit supporters.
The former Tory leader then ties this apparent misjudgement with the recent events that unfolded in Parliament.
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He wrote: “You can see that in Parliament during our debates. The ill-disguised and patronising contempt directed by opposition parties at those of us who argue that we must deliver on the referendum has become a permanent feature.
“Aided and abetted by the Speaker, this contempt was in evidence last week during the most ridiculous and staged defiance of the prorogation process. They were, they said, standing up for parliamentary sovereignty. But what about the sovereignty of the British people who voted to leave?”
In what he labels as Remainer confusion, Mr Duncan Smith explains that the balance has been tipped and that years of EU interference in British politics has led many to think the current climate is normal and natural.
This is apparently visible in the way the Liberal Democrats have gone about their political discourse, announcing that in the event of a victory in a general election, they would single-handedly reverse the referendums result.
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Of this, he said: “It appears they know better than the British people. They have decided they want to revoke Article 50 and stay in the EU, a deeply ironic decision. A party that calls itself liberal and democrat has now decided to act as illiberal autocrats by dismissing the vote of 17.4 million people.”
It all seems too coincidental for Mr Duncan Smith, that on the sam podium as the Lib Dems on announcing this campaign pledge, that who else should turn up but Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit representative, hiding a t-shirt out to the crowd that read ‘Bollocks to Brexit’.
To this, Mr Duncan jokingly said: “And they say it’s the Brexiteers who are obsessed with the days of empire!”
Ending his column on a sobering note, the MP reminds readers that a vote is a vote, regardless of which was it swings – in it, those who hold power are bound to respect it and carry out their duty of enforcement.
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The House of Lords recently passed a law that would prevent a no-deal Brexit from happening.
It paved the way for a snap election to happen, after Boris Johnson failed to get a majority in his attempt to trigger a general election before the BRexit deadline of October 31.
Mr Johnson has previously said he would rather “die in a ditch” than extend the Brexit process past accepting a no deal.