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Commons Sense: Adam Afriyie on the Supreme Court judgement

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One of my core beliefs as a Conservative is the supremacy of the law.

For any society to be free, fair, safe and prosperous it must fundamentally respect the rule of law. It does not matter how strongly I disagree with the Supreme Court’s judgement, in which they invented a brand new legal principle, I whole-heartedly respect their impartiality, authority and the ruling.

When the rule of law is concerned there is no right or wrong, left-wing or right-wing, remain or leave. We may disagree with the result but that doesn’t make the courts flawed or unfair.

And besides, this ruling has nothing to do with Brexit; the court made this explicitly clear from the start.

As a result, our destination has not changed and the referendum result has not been frustrated or overturned. With Boris Johnson as Prime Minister we will leave the EU on October 31. No ifs. No buts.

Any frustration must not be directed towards our judiciary, who are simply doing their job, but towards Remainer MPs in Parliament who repeatedly make a mockery of democracy.

Through their tricks and schemes, they have sought to obstruct and frustrate our Prime Minister at every turn.

Unlike this Conservative Government, which is more in tune with democracy, these MPs refuse to accept the referendum result.

People are fed up with the persistent deadlock and delay.

They want a Parliament that will get on with the job of delivering Brexit so that politicians can focus on the issues that people really care about.

If the referendum result taught us anything it was that there is a stark disconnection between voters and our political class.

Three years on and it remains abundantly clear that many of my fellow MPs have utterly failed to learn this lesson.

The court’s verdict was certainly unexpected.

But it does not distract our Prime Minister from our goal of leaving on October 31.

Thank goodness!

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  • sandvika

    23:11, 27 September 2019

    "We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people's profiles and built models to exploit what we knew about them and to target their inner demons. The objective was behavioural micro-targeting, influencing voters based not on their demographics but on their personalities. I think it is worse than bullying because people don't necessarily know it's being done to them. At least bullying respects the agency of people because they know. If you do not respect the agency of people anything you're doing after that point is not conducive to a democracy and fundamentally information warfare is not conducive to democracy." - Chris Wylie, Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Adam Afriyie, if you respect the rule of law, then you will recognise that the leave campaigns broke the law by employing illegal micro-targeting from offshore and condemn this. It was not a free and fair referendum, it exploited epistemic inequality with the victims not even knowing they were being targeted. The fraud was enough to skew the result then, but we are all so much wiser and more aware now. Cambridge Analytica is no more, after its parasitic relationship with Facebook ended. Respect us, your constituents who voted to remain in our EU. Respect democracy and support a free and fair referendum on the deal, just as Jacob Rees Mogg suggested. There is not and never has been a mandate for leaving without a deal. Your fellow MPs deserve enormous credit for doing the right thing to prevent such an outcome.

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