The Great Brexit Betrayal │ Simon Bonney
This week, two prominent Brexiteers (as they’re so fondly known) have dramatically and triumphantly resigned from their positions in government in response to the catastrophic and dismally predictable, horrendous testament to her own arrogant vanity that was the Chequers Brexit “strategy”, and what a pathetically weak strategy.
The reasons leave voters are so infuriated and betrayed by this strategy are many, but essentially, they boil down to the fact that with this strategy in place, we don’t leave the EU. We don’t even leave the jurisdiction of the EU, May having outlined a commitment to abiding by and implementing all current and future European Union laws and answering to the European Court of Justice with her so called “common rulebook”.
We don’t really leave the common agricultural policy, nor the common fisheries policy; May has suggested a commitment to a “greater catch by UK fishing vessels” meaning, obviously, that non-British vessels will be there too, claiming their quotas then just as today. In fact, the whole twelve point plan proposed by May is literally just watered down membership of the European Union; it is a remainer creating a Brexit that in a few years’ time they can tell us we were always destined for, was always destined to failure and should never have been allowed to happen. It is a remainer version of something they never wanted, and obviously, it is going to as closely reflect the current scenario as possible; it stands to reason.
In fact, the probably soon to be infamous Chequers meeting isn’t really the damning betrayal it has been painted as being. Sure, as an avid leave voter and someone with such a forced, clinging-on-to-dear-life belief in May’s ability to deliver a proper, workable Brexit, like we voted for all those years ago (twice), it hit me right in the heart to see what had come from those talks. It was like a bullet to the heart of the democratic dream. But that shouldn’t have been the reaction.
We shouldn’t have been so surprised- surprised at all even- at the way in which this all played out. The notion of having a cabinet with ANY remain voters in it, let alone a remain voting PRIME MINISTER, is a sour one, something that should have never been allowed to happen, and in fact it shows how engrained in the system the European bureaucrats actually are. It’s a testament to the tenacity and astuteness of leave voters, actually. But anyway, the valiance of leave voters momentarily aside, we certainly should have seen this shambles coming.
The leave faces in the Tory party and the whole of government have had zero leverage or real input to the strategy, and what little they have had has been diluted because of the focus on towing the party line and maintaining party “unity”. They have made concession after concession after concession, and had no real direction going into the campaign- that’s alright, wanting to leave the EU is concise enough a reason to campaign to do so, and all this hot air about a plan was really a load of bollocks. A “deal” would have been nice, but leaving is enough. After all, a vote to leave wasn’t a vote to go our separate ways, it was a vote condemning the European Union, as a project. It was a vote that sought to destroy the globalist empire before it conquered our world, and it was a vote that could still do that.
Even still, these Tory leave voting faces should have had the foresight to see that their party would be led by a Remainer should they win. They should have had the foresight to prepare internally for the political foul play that would succeed a vote to leave the EU. They should have known the powers that be would do everything they could to sabotage it, and gear their strategy accordingly. Really, in an ode to irony itself, they should have listened to more of the pseudo political sceptical voices that were a very numerous and constant noise in the orchestra that was referendum commentary. They should have listened to the people.
Well, they didn’t. Never mind. What we are left with is this pile of shit deal, but it isn’t all doom and gloom: there is still a catastrophic beacon of hope; there is still a no deal. And it’s actually looking increasingly likely! Why? Because the deal which May is proposing, even if it gets through Brussels (which is up in the air), has to get through parliament, because of that wonderful meaningful vote she promised all those months ago. Not only is Labour supposedly gearing up to apparently vote down the proposals (who would have thought?), but you can bet your bottom dollar the Tories who feel “betrayed” and overlooked will also vote the deal down. There will be no whipping here, at least if the integrity of the Brexiteers holds.
Which brings us to two scenarios, two trains of thought: what could happen, and what will happen.
What could happen, I hear you intuitively wondering? Well, it’s impossible for a lay person to know. I think-or hope, I suppose- that it will probably go something like the proposals get voted down, there is a vote of no confidence, a leadership challenger appears, May resigns and is replaced by an ardent Brexiteer (and such a candidate would certainly win the Tory membership base at the moment), who hopefully pursues a no deal Brexit and focuses on the world, not the damning and constricting cult of bureaucracy that is the EU.
What will happen? I suspect, as the pessimist I am, that these proposals will be miraculously supported by the EU and that they will get railroaded through parliament regardless of Labour or Tory Brexiteer opinions. I think we will be landed with a de facto member status, the EU enjoying our membership just as much with us on the back foot, punished for looking elsewhere like the bruised and battered wife of an abusive husband scorned. We will give away everything that makes us individual and great, and become another lost ingredient in the toxic broth that is globalisation at the hands of the forces that lust after it, as the European Union so audaciously is.
But even if there is a leadership challenge, and even if a leave face wins it (which, as mentioned, I could as good as guarantee they would), there still stands the chance of a general election, a Brexit hold up, or a remainer rebellion. The Tory party could even split- after all, two party politics is as good as dead anyway. Then what? A grand coalition run by globalist puppets? Wonderful.
It’s just a shame, in all of this, that despite the speculation, despite the whispers of no confidence and the interestingness of this entire scenario, from a political observation point of view, that Theresa May has defended this decision so patronisingly, so insultingly, as to suggest that we accept it or face a Corbyn government. At this point Theresa, there is only one of those options I can stomach, and it aint the one that involves a twelve-point plan.