'Brexit is a collective two fingers up at the elite,' says MP James Cleverly

'Brexit is a collective two fingers up at the elite', says MP James Cleverly

A number of factors contributed to Brexit, says Cleverly

Friday, June 24, 2016

Conservative Member of Parliament for Braintree James Cleverly says Brexit is "a collective two fingers up" at the elite.

He believes influential famous people have actually caused people to vote the opposite way.

"There have been a number of things that drove people to vote for Brexit and I think it would be very short sighted if we artificially focused on any one argument," he told Sam Delaney.

"One of the big things that came across was a massive disconnect between many people in Great Britain and what they viewed to be the elite.

"The attitude of the host of very important people with titles from the IMF and that sort of stuff, all telling people what to think and what to do.

"I think what we saw from this, Brexit is a collective two fingers up at what a lot of people view as an elite that doesn't talk their same language."

"I said right from the get go that this constant stream of people saying 'I'm very clever, you're very stupid, listen to me and do what you're told,' will backfire spectacularly.

"The more people that did it and the louder their voices, I think the more of the British population thought 'I've had enough of this'."

Ken Livingstone claimed the support for Donald Trump is from "angry, working class people who feel over the last few decades they've been screwed," and that in Spain's general election there "is a real chance that Podemos, which is their sort of Jeremy Corbyn, might surge forward and be the centre of the next government". 

Cleverly agreed, "Ken is exactly right. Ken and I have known each other for a while and I don't agree with him that often. The really interesting thing, is we are seeing this scared angry anti-establishment vote splitting both left and right.

"We’ve seen Donald Trump getting a lot of support and we've seen Bernie Sanders getting a lot of support, and in continental Europe, we're seeing far right parties and far left parties.

These parties don't share much of a common agenda but what they do say now is 'the way it's happened up until now is not working, and we're going to do something about it.'

"Whether they are able to or not, that's a different subject. But you can see a lot of people saying 'all you guys in suits saying the same thing – we're not interested any more'."