I am going to try and post a regular series of quotes, comments and snippets here, over the next few months, in order to try and encourage a leave vote in the EU referendum on Thursday 23 June. I am quite possibly the only academic in the country campaigning for the UK to leave the European Union, so if I am going to commit career suicide, I may as well do it thoroughly. Here's the first of many such examples:
"On the night of the 2005 French referendum on the proposed EU constitution, Jean-Claude Junckner (then Prime Minister of Luxembourg and holder of the rotating EU presidency) was waiting with officials and journalists for the result to be displayed on screens. France had used an electronic ballot, so as soon as the polls closed the results would be displayed. More than half - 55 per cent of the voters - rejected the constitution. What did Junckner do at this stage? Did he feel humbled by the will of the people? No. He turned calmly to the waiting journalists and said: "They will have to vote again".
City AM, Editorial, 18 January 2016.
Students of the European Union will know that the French did not vote again. The constitution was instead placed within the Lisbon Treaty in 2007, and that passed the French parliament without a plebiscite. Nothing is allowed to get in the way of the European project for long. Especially not the people of Europe.