Our membership of the European Union is a decision we take as the United Kingdom, and that’s why, in the referendum, every vote counts the same. We don’t count them in constituencies, we don’t count them in districts, every vote’s the same whether it’s in Stornoway or St. Ives. It’s a decision for all the people of the United Kingdom, and we should take it on the merits of the European Union Debate.
– Liam Fox
I grappled with this question when I was Environment Secretary. I would talk to my opposite number, Richard Lochhead, and he would sometimes come to Brussels and we would discuss the matter in question beforehand. However, the position always was, and remains to this day, that it is the United Kingdom as one country that is negotiating.
– Hilary Benn
We must leave the EU as one country not just because it preserves the Union but because it is the best option for jobs, businesses and trade across the UK.
– Stephen Kerr
So did London vote to Remain but that is irrelevant as it was a national UK decision in which the majority voted for Brexit
– Lord John Kilcoony
We voted in the referendum as one country, and we need to respect it as one country.
– Dominic Raab
We entered the EU as one country and we will leave as one country, whatever the European Commission might desire.
– Jacob Rees-Mogg
That is a very good point, we voted as one country.
– Kwasi Kwarteng
It is important that we now move forward together as one country, very clear in what we want to see in our future relationship with the European Union, and that we go into the negotiations with that confidence.
– Theresa May
“The UK voted as one county, the UK will leave as one country.”
This is a common refrain we hear – usually, but not exclusively, from those advocating to leave – when one brings up the fact that no less than two of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom voted to remain. This is simply because the huge population difference between England and the other three means that even a mere 53% vote in favour of leaving in one nation completely overruled the 55% and 62% votes in favour of remaining in the other two.
But who, exactly, decided that this should be the case?