I’m starting to wonder how many more bloody noses the British establishment can take.
First, there was the EU referendum itself in June 2016, which wasn’t so much a bloody nose as it was ten rounds with Mike Tyson in his prime.
It hit the political class for six. They’re still reeling. They’re still staggering about in a state of bruised bewilderment three years later.
They’d spent the weeks before the referendum pleading with us to vote Remain. If you vote Leave, they warned, Britain will be plunged into economic and political mayhem and the whole world will be disappointed with us.
And what did we do? Voted Leave!
More than 17 million of us defied the finger-wagging elites and voted against the technocratic tyranny of the European Union in favour of boosting Britain’s national sovereignty and democratic institutions. Round one to us.
Then came the mini body-blows of opinion poll after opinion poll showing that Brits still want to leave the EU.
That there’s still a vast swathe of the nation — millions and millions of us — who are determined to get that thing we voted for in 2016: Brexit.
Every one of these polls has been a jab to the already dizzied establishment.
The chattering classes have tried to wish Brexit away. They’ve said enacting Brexit is impossible; that we should have a ‘soft’ Brexit; that we should hold a second referendum to give the pig-ignorant voters (as they view us) the chance to get it right this time.
And yet throughout all their attempts to thwart or kill Brexit, the public voice keeps ringing through: “Shut up and leave the EU already.” Round two to us.
And now the latest body blow. It’s a good one, this. At the end of May, the UK, because, outrageously, we are still in the EU, held elections for the European Parliament. And who won? The Brexit Party.
Yes, a party that didn’t exist just six weeks before the elections absolutely cleaned up.
This party, founded and led by Nigel Farage, left the establishment parties for dust.
It topped the poll, winning 5,248,533 votes (national turnout was just 37 per cent, so this number is really something). Contrast this result with the two main parties. The party of government — the Tories — got 1,512,809 votes, coming in a humiliating fifth place. The Labour Party came third with 2,347,255 votes.
So the Brexit Party got 1.4 million more votes than the two main parties combined. Staggering.
Many records were set in these elections, all of them devastating for the establishment.
First, this was the worst national election result ever for a party of government. Secondly, it was the worst national election result Labour has ever received. And thirdly, the election made the Brexit Party the largest party in the EU Parliament.
Yes, this upstart, renegade, swiftly-founded party trashed Labour and the Tories and will now populate the EU Parliament with MEPs who think the whole Brussels machine should be dismantled.
Ding, ding, ding! We win.
The Brexit Party was successful everywhere, from the Tory shires – where it stole oodles of votes from the Conservative Party – to former industrial Labour heartland towns like Bolsover and Hartlepool, where it swept up the working-class vote.
And this success tells us something very important, something many of us of course already know: the electorate still wants Brexit.
The democratic will is still that the UK should leave the EU. Despite all the anti-democratic efforts of the establishment, despite their politics of fear, despite their hysterical warnings about Britain falling off a cliff edge if we go ahead with Brexit, voters still want Brexit.
Voters want to move politics away from the stiff, PC, bureaucratic rut it has been stuck in for decades, and towards a more populist, engaged and genuinely democratic future.
Brexiteers are demonised as nostalgic, backward-looking xenophobes, but in truth, our vote to leave the EU was a positive, forward-looking, brilliantly risky effort to rearrange the political landscape.
For three years now, the political and media establishments in the UK have been at war with Brexit, and with democracy itself.
They’ve trash-talked Brexit, tried to bury it, challenged it via the law courts and parliamentary skulduggery, declared it a deranged racist endeavour, and depicted everyone who voted for it as a lowly, thick-as-shit pleb.
And yet we, the voters, still stand by Brexit. And we won’t be cowed. We believe in democracy and no amount of elitist sneering will make us change our minds on that.
Brendan O'Neill is a London-based journalist, author and commentator. He's the editor of Spiked! Online and a vocal advocate for Brexit. You can follow Brendan on Instagram.