In that wonderful political drama the West Wing the President of the United States famously always enquired, following the end of each crisis, "What's next?" and clearly for UKIP and the whole Eurorealist movement this is a question we must face on June 24th. Foolish people have said that, whatever the result, UKP will no longer have a raison d'être, as either they will have won or have been rejected for at least a generation. They could not be more wrong.
If, God forbid, thanks to a combination of cowardice and stupidity, the remain campaign does win then there will nevertheless be a very large part of the British population which will be angered and will have nowhere to turn among the old parties, as all three are insanely committed to destroying our democracy and our nation. In particular, although the tribal loyalty of Conservatives is well known, can those who have supported the leave campaign, frequently passionately, really just turn back to those spivs Cameron and Osborne and go along with their programme of bending the knee to the Brussels bureaucrats. If they have any of the spirit that once typified this country I cannot believe that they will and therefore UKIP will provide the only democratic alternative. Despite what the media believe, I know from my contacts that large numbers of Labour supporters are in favour of leaving the EU and, as the effects of continued membership begin to really impinge on the jobs and hopes of the working class, surely they must look for an alternative to the municipal liberals who have captured their party. I accept the Liberal Democrats are a lost cause but then they still believe in Father Christmas and the Easter bunny and their paltry vote is the result.
If, on the other hand, right triumphs and the country votes to leave then we will have a great struggle on our hands to ensure that such a result is actually implemented, as those who question the need for UKIP to exist after the referendum are not taking into account the fact that, should the British people vote to leave, the negotiations will be in the hands of a pro EU political establishment, using the EU's article 50 as a means of prolonging matters until a general election can negate the result. Only the continued threat of massive support for UKIP can concentrate the minds of those who will otherwise seize every opportunity to ignore public opinion.
Article 50 is a device designed to ensure that, even if a country votes to leave, it will remain entangled in such a way that it will effectively remain under the control of Brussels. Should we follow that path we would find ourselves in a similar position to Norway or Switzerland, who, while not members, are burdened with costs and unnecessary regulations, thanks to their failure to break with the EU entirely. We must follow the example of the Baltic States when leaving the USSR. Despite the existence of a similar clause they merely declared a unilateral and unconditional withdrawal, freeing themselves immediately. We can do the same by repealing the European Communities Act. Any subsequent negotiations can then be based on the UK being an independent, sovereign nation, not a supplicant province requesting favours. The survival of our democracy and nation are too important to be sabotaged by lawyers' quibbles.
We can be sure that our enemies will use every trick in the book to keep us within the EU. If they succeed, either in the referendum, or in a subsequent undermining of a vote to leave, then only UKIP will offer a democratic means of escape from the grip of Brussels. The answer to the question "What's next?" is therefore simple. To continue the struggle until victory is won or to see this great country finally disappear, its democracy destroyed and its people subject to the dictatorship of unaccountable bureaucrats and the sinister, pseudo-fascist forces which have always sought to rule Europe. We in UKIP know what we choose and, as such, represent the best, possibly the only, hope for the future of the UK.