IN the end it was Brexit what won it. Well, of course it was. The keys to No 10 were last night unequivocally handed back to Boris Johnson by the same millions of British people who voted to leave the EU in 2016.
But this time the mandate came with a deafening roar from the north, from the shires and from the cities… and the roar was: GET BREXIT DONE.
Just let them dare stand in the way now.
The result leaves the Prime Minster and MPs in Parliament on a last warning – everything else takes second place to Britain leaving the EU on whatever terms are necessary.
In 2016 17.2m people voted to extricate themselves from the clutches of Brussels. Today, in what effectively boiled down to a second Brexit referendum, they voted again to leave the EU.
And leave we must.
The Remainers’ cause is now in ruins.
It was always a shockingly elitist attack on democracy and the British people – but now this ramshackle marriage of Labour irritants, Lib Dem chancers and SNP arrogance must get foursquare behind the people of Britain – and behind Boris Johnson.
These little bullies no longer have any power or any shred of legitimacy to stand in the way of the will of the nation.
Indeed, if they refuse, Boris can now swat them away like the irritating insects they always were.
Tonight democracy returned with a vengeance – and so many of those MPs who thought they knew better than the people who grant them their power are picking up their P45s.
The results were staggering. Huge swathes of the industrial Labour-voting north east turned blue. Traditional mining ares of the Midlands voted Boris. Constituencies like Rother Valley, a south Yorkshire area as permanently Labour as Jeremy Corbyn’s rosette, voted Tory. This is a wholly new political landscape.
We have suffered three years of a shameful, petty, yet utterly destructive Westminster Punch and Judy show which has diminished this country in the eyes of the world and cost untold billions in withheld investment.
Today it took the common sense of the British public to finally call time on that sickening charade.
Boris, on his Get Brexit Done ticket, is triumphant beyond his wildest imaginings. Corbyn is destroyed, discredited, dismantled, his socialist dream that Britain never wanted is in tatters.
Horribly, for the decent rank and file Labour voter, so is his party. Hijacked and made ridiculous by the idiotic, self-harming Momentum crew (and Corbyn drunk on his own ego) Labour is now doomed to lie supine and neutered for as long as Boris and his party dictate.
Make no mistake this result is a two-term, maybe three term, result. Labour are in the wilderness.
There are few certainties in politics but what is now assured is that Brexit will happen. As it must.
Nothing and no-one will stand in the way. Those who did, the Grieves, the Swinsons and their gutless Remainer-ilk got their cards handed to them. It was a rare moment of political satisfaction.
But there is also a spectre at the feast – that of the SNP.
Nicola Sturgeon’s nationalists had a storming night. The SNP leader is not known for her modesty but even she admitted “it’s beyond my wildest expectations.”
Boris’s expectations on the other hand are that the SNP will snipe and cajole and spread disharmony and discord through the land in her horrible nationalistic way and continue her suicidal bid to split the union and turn Scotland into a third world country.
But that is for another day.
After more than 1200 days and nights since the nation voted for Brexit the mandate, the mechanics and the political will is in place to get Brexit done.
It’s been a tortuous time and a damning era for British politics. Historians will pour over the minutae for decades to come but in the end the truly great British public just said, with one voice,
Bollocks to Brexit deniers.
And Amen to that.