Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox made the empowering remark on BBC Newsnight yesterday evening. She said: “I think it’s appropriate to mark it [Jan 31] because it has been a long time coming.
“I think it’s wrong for the way that you presented it as the only people who will be celebrating leaving the European Union are people who voted Leave because one of the most interesting things that’s happened over the last three and a half years is how many people who voted Remain now understand that actually not seeing through that Monday would actually be a betrayal of democracy.
“So for me, this is a celebration of people power, of people actually proving that voting is worthwhile.
“I also think by the way that the democratic mandate won.”
Ms Fox was then asked what would it actually mean in terms of a celebration.
She replied: “A lot of people will go to Parliament Square.
“It’s great that we take over Parliament Square because it was Parliament for three and a half years that were actually selling out that popular sovereignty that was exhibited in June 2016.
“So, let’s take it over, that’s fine.
“Big Ben is the symbol of the UK and its appropriate that it rings.
“And now we have a democratic way of holding those politicians who run society to account with no alibis or scapegoats of the EU and I think that there’s a great deal that could be done.
“There’s some negative things you’ve just said – you’ve reported on the grooming gangs and some of those problems.
“Let’s be honest about those and confront them.
“You’ve talked about state aid – maybe that’s necessary – let’s have a big economic discussion about the future, don’t just trivialise this by turning it into what happens on the 31st.
“But on the 31st of January it is perfectly reasonable for people to celebrate and go ‘wow’ we got what we demanded to happen and that took some doing.”
Twitter users responded to the Brexit Party MEP’s triumphant statement with joy.
One user said: “Way to go Claire!”
Another said: “Quite right, we love you Claire.”
Michael said: “Thank you Claire for everything you have done in the past few years in the pursuit of democracy.”