“They were going to make their point that people had had enough of being controlled by Europe and ‘Take Back Control’ was an unbelievably brilliant message – because they wanted to take back control of the lives, away from the elite.”
Mr Halfon said his views had been reinforced by conversations with voters.
He explained: “I do stands many weekends in the town centre on a Saturday and they are saying they want to get it done, they are fed up, we just want to get Brexit done, again and again and again, every single person that came to my stand said the same thing.
Robert Halfon said people he spoke to were “fed up” with the situation
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“They didn’t tell me if they were Leave or Remain, they just said it is wrong that it has not happen.
“People have an inner sense of justice and either we trust our democracy and trust the decision making or we don’t.”
In terms of the reasons for the heavy Leave majority, he said: “People have struggled over a number of years because of the very difficult economy and they have seen people at the centre not listening to them.
“Also they wanted control over our borders and our laws.
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“It’s nothing to do with being anti-immigration, it’s just the right to have control over who we have here as a sovereign nation.
“I think people in Harlow are very proud and decent but they reflect actually I think why people voted to leave – they wanted to take back control.
“Instead of giving all this money to the EU why don’t we spend this money on the NHS?
“Harlow is a microcosm in a sense and that’s why I’ve become much more leave than I ever was over the years.
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“If you look at my voting record since 2016 I’ve always voted in a leave direction and I feel myself becoming more radical, one because I’ve listened to the people of Harlow but also because I’ve been genuinely shocked and disappointed that the elite in Parliament, the Labour Party particularly, have frustrated Brexit at every opportunity.
“And now they want a second referendum – in fact as Boris said, there will be two more referendums because it’s likely they are going to give the Scottish nationalists a second one.”
In terms of Mr Johnson’s decision to go to the country, Mr Halfon, who was elected in 2010, said: “Of course it’s a risk – but that’s what leaders do. Leaders lead, and Boris wants to do a lot of things for our country in terms of the NHS, police, education, housing and cost of living and we’ve got to make that case to the British people.
“We can’t carry on like this and I’d rather Boris led and took those risks rather than just be in a bunker in Downing Street.
Asked what would happen in the event of a hung Parliament, he said: “I don’t know the answer to that at the moment. I don’t think it’s going to happen – I think people know they’ve got to make a decision either way, either way, in Labour or the Conservatives.
“Either they choose Jeremy Corbyn’s vision of a second referendum, stopping Brexit – Emily Thornberry said it’s a remain country to the People’s Vote campaign – or they go for Boris’s vision, which is respecting the referendum result, leaving the European Union and getting a good deal.”
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He also insisted he was not concerned by the potential threat posed by Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, whose candidate Neil Greaves could take votes away from him.
He said: “I am very happy that any party stands and I don’t have a problem with the Brexit Party standing at all because anyone that is pushing a Leave message, whether it is Conservative or Brexit Party, as far as I am concerned that’s a good thing.
“We’ll see if they take votes off me – I’ve worked very hard as an MP, we’ve got a new hospital in Harlow with hundreds of millions of pounds from the Government and people know that I voted to leave the EU. If they vote for another party that’s fine.”
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