Brexit is just the beginning

2016 has been the most incredible year in British politics in my lifetime. But what’s truly amazing is that there is so much more to come.

Brexit was the reason I went into politics. But when I first stood for Parliament in 2001, the idea Britain could leave the EU outright was considered absurd even among the majority of Eurosceptics. A referendum on our EU membership was a distant hope.

So, for me, just having that referendum was astonishing – let alone winning it, and seeing Brexit become official government policy.

Of course, the job isn’t done yet. There are still people intent on undermining Brexit, by trying to keep Britain in the single market and the customs union.

But when we are finally out of the EU for good, that won’t be the end. It’ll just be the beginning.

Once Britain is a self-governing nation again, we can ditch the tired technocratic consensus that has dominated our politics year after year, and – for the first time in decades – start to have a real, public debate about what kind of country we want to be.

Whichever way you voted in the referendum, that’s an exciting future in prospect.