We are used to hyperbole in politics, but this is no exaggeration.
As the reality starts to sink in – we have actually won our country back – we need to now start the next phase of our work.
We now have to wait for the Conservative government to sort itself out and get its ducks in a row for the negotiation of our exit. But in the meantime, we have an important job to do, in repairing the damage caused by Project Fear.
In a way, I am glad that the Prime Minister and, in particular, George Osborne (who cannot continue as Chancellor), threw the kitchen sink at us. They can’t now say the people didn’t appreciate what they were voting for.
But it does leave a shadow of fear and apprehension which is unhealthy for the country, and could stand in the way of our progress and success.
It is up to us now to counter it. We must continue putting out a message of hope, inclusion and confidence, making it clear that the economy will sail on confidently, businesses will quicky adapt, everyone in the UK is part of our bright future and our relationships with our European neighbours will be, for our part, more positive than ever.
I am pleased to see so many businessmen saying this morning – as we have been saying for months – that while they would have found remaining in the EU easier, they are now instantly adjusting to the new circumstances, without fear. It’s what businesses do. Investors speculate, businesses adapt, trade happens, people travel, the world turns. There is no catastrophe.
Once again, thank you to all of you who have put so much into achieving this historic change, and winning this country’s continued existence as a great independent nation, a leader in the modern world.