Richard North of EU Referendum is live blogging
14:36: I am not sure I can get my head round the idea of legions of clerks, armed with erasers, secretly rubbing out “leave” votes and replacing them with votes for the other side. However, when it comes to the use of pens, it was instructive to note that we were offered that option at our polling station.
Telegraph live coverage, latest headline: EU Referendum: Polling stations forced to close by floods, as final polls show race ‘too close to call’
Roger Kimball: Will There Always Be an England?
So long as Britain remains tethered to the European Union, Brussels will be able to impose all the regulations it wants via other treaties. Ultimately the debate over Brexit is a debate over sovereignty, which is a fancy word for freedom. Today’s vote is historic because on it rests the future freedom of Great Britain. Will it be absorbed still further into the (more or less) soft bureaucratic totalitarianism of the European Union, gradually extinguishing its common law traditions, or will it reassert its prerogatives of self rule? My record as a political prognosticator has been ostentatiously poor yet I venture, with some trepidation, to say that my reading of the tea leaves suggests that the spirit of independence has not been entirely bred out of the British electorate. There are apparently no exit polls for the referendum, so we won’t know until very late tonight whether (to end with another song) Britain will still be able to sing “Rule, Britannia” and its famous refrain “Britons never, never, never will be slaves.” That’s not the fate that David Cameron, to say nothing of his Continental masters, have in mind, but today, perhaps for the last time in a generation, the British voters have a choice.
“Punters have been waiting until the day of the vote to part with their cash and REMAIN is all they’re interested in. As a direct result LEAVE has drifted out to 7/1 and that could move out even further as the day goes on.”
Hmmmm . . .
— Jacqueline Jackson (@willowhalegreen) June 23, 2016
By leaving the EU we will become a self-governing, independent nation. On Thursday let's get our democracy back.https://t.co/e7S7P9wBwq
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 19, 2016
Seth Barrett Tillman / THE NEW REFORM CLUB:Alexander Hamilton on Brexit — After an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less …RELATED:
Joel Kotkin / The Daily Beast:
Brexit Will Be Britain’s Fourth of July