Holding another vote on Brexit is mad. The only debate now is how Britain leaves

An anti-Brexit protester speaks on his phone near the Houses of Parliament Credit: TOBY MELVILLE /Reuters

This week must be the first time Remainers wanted people to listen to Nigel Farage. The Brexiteer's willingness to fight "one last dramatic battle" in the hope of silencing their "whinging and whining" has lifted their spirits. "Bring it on!" Lord Adonis said. "I agree with Nigel," Sir Nick Clegg quipped.

The former Ukip leader may be ready and raring  to refight the referendum, but that doesn't by itself set us on course for a rematch between Brexiteers and Remainers. Nor should it.

The 2016 referendum wasn't a snap decision. Public demand for it had been building for years, and it fell to David Cameron to respond. As his former spin chief Sir Craig Oliver wrote, "a decision over Britain's membership of the European Union had been a slow train coming for a generation, and now it was arriving in the station on his watch". 

That decision, Mr Cameron told the British people, would be a "once...

To continue reading this article

Start your free trial of Premium

  • Access all Premium articles 
  • Subscriber-only events 
  • Cancel any time

Free for 30 days

then only £2 per week

Access one Premium article per week

To continue reading this article log in to your Telegraph account. Or register now, it's free.
Registered customers can access one Premium article per week
Unlimited access to exclusive stories.
Half price for one year.
  • Access all Premium articles
  • Subscriber only events
  • Cancel any time
Free for 30 days, then just £1 per week