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Parliament goes chicken on Brexit
Every time I think Britain’s MPs have touched bottom, they sink lower.
The House of Commons has just resolved that it will not let Britain leave the EU without explicit permission from Brussels, or, as Europhiles absurdly phrase it, that they will not let Britain “crash out” with “no deal.” With one vote, MPs have destroyed any prospect of an equitable outcome. Eurocrats now know that Britain has only two options: either to leave on humiliating terms, terms that would leave Brussels in charge of its trade policy in perpetuity, or to give up on Brexit entirely.
I’m trying to think of a more foolish and self-harming parliamentary vote. I can’t come up with an example from the past hundred years, or even the past 200. To find a similar level of legislative idiocy, we have go back to February 1775, when the House of Lords rejected Pitt the Elder’s Provisional Act, a measure that would have addressed the grievances of the American colonists and reconciled the two great branches of the English-speaking peoples.
I have previously poured cold water over the idea that support for President Trump and support for Brexit are equivalent phenomena. There are important differences between them: Most Brexiteers, for example, want freer trade, including with China. They resent being stuck in a protectionist European customs union. But Trumpsters and Leavers did have one thing in common. Both believed that that their respective politicians had stopped listening to their electorate, that they had become a remote and self-serving caste.
Everything that has happened since the Brexit vote in June 2016 has vindicated that belief. The moment the result came in, Westminster MPs and Brussels functionaries started working to overturn it. Some did so openly, campaigning for a second referendum or demanding that Britain revoke its legal notice to quit, which is scheduled to enter into force at the end of this month. Others operated more furtively, aiming to ensure that the exit terms were so bad that, in the end, Britain would drop the whole idea of recovering its independence.
Does that sound far-fetched? Listen to what Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, told EU leaders in 2016, as revealed by the French magazine Le Point: “I’ll have done my job if, in the end, the deal is so tough on the British that they’d prefer to stay in the EU.”
A certain coldness from the EU was to be expected after the referendum. What was not expected was the readiness of British MPs to collude with Brussels in the hope of frustrating the largest vote in British history. Some politicians have maneuvered in the shadows. Others, including two former prime ministers, John Major and Tony Blair, have acted with stunning flagrancy, publicly calling for a reversal of the electorate’s decision.
Their behavior is causing catastrophic damage to Britain’s international standing, to its democratic procedures and, most seriously, to the authority of its institutions. Faced with calculatedly vindictive demands from the EU, including the regulatory annexation of Northern Ireland and a customs union that would prevent Britain from signing its own trade deals, any self-respecting nation would walk away from the table and then make the EU a generous offer on commerce and cooperation on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. Shamefully, Britain’s elected representatives are not prepared to do that.
There is blame enough for all sides. Labour has been focused solely on trying to force a general election. If that means blowing up any credible British negotiating strategy, so be it. But a handful of Conervative Eurofanatics have sided with Labour, or, rather, with Brussels, despite the fact that both main parties promised, at the 2017 general election, to respect the referendum result. Prime Minister Theresa May, for her part, emerged from the vote having lost her majority, her voice, and her authority. Rarely has British politics been in such a mess. No wonder Brussels negotiators feel they can press their advantage.
Imagine, to return to 1775 for a moment, that the Continental Congress had declared that it was not prepared to “crash out with no deal,” and so would not declare independence except with the wholehearted approval of King George III. You can’t imagine that, can you?
This has gone beyond Brexit now. What is at stake is nothing less than the legitimacy of our system of representative government. If MPs are seen to have sided with overseas powers against their own constituents, nothing will ever be the same again.
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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain with 16% of EU GDP and 13% of the EU’s population yet having only 8% (if united) say, whilst holding less than 3% of the various offices within the EU Do note The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy despite its protestations!Do note that many senior apparatchicks and even elected politicians speak openly of the ‘Post Democratic era’ with no sense of shame or irony and in complete contempt of the so called electorate – yet The EU & many of its vassal States/Regions are all too willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!
Now as President Junker announced in his ‘State of the union’ speech 2017 the aim is to create an EU military force and centralise ever more of the decision making and control!
The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.
Just follow the recent EU display of so called ‘Democracy’:
France and the Netherlands voted against the proposed EU constitution in 2005, only to have those votes ignored.
Ireland voted against ratifying the Lisbon treaty in 2008, but then later under pressure & threats had to change its mind.
Greece for me was the final straw. It became clear in 2015 that it didn’t matter which way the Greek people voted. The birthplace of democracy had become its tomb. That was enough. I was going to vote to leave the EU when the chance came.
No political party of any significance in Britain took active steps to achieve a Referendum – the task was eventually taken by an Indipendent West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire who personally launched and funded the gathering of a petition of 225,000 signatures delivered to Parliament via Downing Street, thus forcing a debate in the House of Commons on an IN/OUT Referendum, which led to David Cameron’s first consequential rebellion.
It was due to winning that debate, officially opposed by every party including Ukip that David Cameron was forced to include a promise of an IN/OUT Referendum in the Tory Manifesto at the next General Election. The rest is history & despite no Parliamentary Party backing the OUT vote & Government spending Millions of Pounds of public money leafletting & promoting ‘Project Fear’ to try to persuade the British people to Remain just as they had at the first Referendum in 1975 – This time their lies and threats were not heeded and in the largest vote in British history Britain voted by a clear majority to Leave.
Nikki Sinclaire’s OUT result left Cameron & his co conspirator Osborne with no option but to resign, sadly some of the other traitors have remained to try to hinder progress to BreXit, aided by their corrupt allies in the EU and \eu funding and bribes!
There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, if we leave the EU, using a better negotiated, customised & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.
This is of course dependent on a modicum of intelligence on the part of Britain’s politicians and negotiators but it also requires the integrity of Parliament to uphod democracy and the integrity of EU politicuians & apparchicks to act ethically and without their normal vindictive mallice.
I believe Leaving the EU will be turned into something of a rough ride by the ignorant and the corrupt but I have no doubt that in the long run Leaving the EU will prove conclusively to be in the best interests of Britain and our true allies. I also believe that Britain leaving the EU will prove to be the catalyst to great changes within the EU and hopefully its democratisation as without great changes it is indubitably doomed.
Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –
It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!
One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
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