Former MP claims Clacton was the 'deliverer of Brexit'
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A former MP has claimed that the Essex town of Clacton was responsible for delivering Brexit.
Douglas Carswell, who defected from the Tories to UKIP in 2014 before calling a by-election, claims that his win in that vote caused David Cameron to hold the EU referendum shortly after.
The Vote Leave politician, recently appointed to a Brexit trade board by Liz Truss, claimed that "Clacton changed the course of country's history".
He told the Clacton Gazette: “There will be a lot of individuals and politicians wanting to be seen as the deliverers of Brexit, but it was Clacton that made this happen.
“The Gazette ran a front page on the morning of the by-election in 2014 highlighting the historic significance of the election - and its analysis was right.
“For almost 50 years the political establishment of this country determined we should belong to this European secret state.
“But at that by-election, Clacton folk forced politicians to realise that if they wanted to remain in office they would have to give us the referendum.”
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