But disillusionment with the Brexit process could provide fertile ground for new parties and movements. One of those new parties is a reboot of an old one that many thought long gone: the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Patrick O’Flynn was a UKIP MEP. He managed UKIP’s winning 2014 EU election campaign but defected to the SDP last year. spiked caught up with him for a chat.
First and foremost, we are democrats. The scale and vehemence of the reaction against the result of the 2016 EU referendum by Britain’s cultural and political elites was striking. The evident disdain of the Westminster class for, among others, many elderly and low income voters revealed that the powerful only tolerate democracy when their view prevails. The authority of the establishment to decide what happens has been challenged and the SDP stands behind the referendum mandate. Respect for all voters implies respect for the result.