It is here, at last, the United Kingdom Independence Day!
Break out the wine! Pour the ale!!
Welcome back to The Commonwealth and congratulations on that Free Trade Deal with the USA on offer. You’ve gained the world by leaving a den of thieves and liars who were sucking £Billions per year out of you.
You will be fighting off ambassadors from countries around the world looking for Free Trade for months to come. Congratulations!
All that in addition to being free of the overweening hubris and oppressive bureaucracy of the E.U. machinery.
Instead it looks like the start of the Salami Technique has been completed and the slow walk back into the European Empire is well underway. We’ve already had the first slip of the date to no earlier than April 12. Anyone who thinks the T. May “deal” is a good one (basically signing up for E.U. Rule with no vote forever) can cheer at the prospect of that slipping further into May 22. Then there were votes by the House Of Commons to ask for an even longer delay and / or just say a big “Never Mind” to BREXIT entirely.
I expect we’ll see a steady progression from “Leave, just leave.” to “Leave later, maybe.” and eventually to “What BREXIT?” or “BINO – BREXIT In Name Only” (i.e. the T.May “deal”).
The Media are 4 Walling anything bad or even remotely uncomfortable that can be immgined to happen; while all the benefits on the horizon are hidden in a Project Fear Fog.
Parliament, being essentially Remainers, can’t bring themselves to implement “Leave”. T. May, being very much a Remainer, just wants a “deal” where the U.K. doesn’t actually leave any of the E.U. legal entanglements, stays in a “customs union” that will prevent any real ability to have open trade with the rest of the world (and any new “deal” would need to meet E.U. rules); oh, and lock the UK to the EU forever with no future exit possible.
One cannot trust the wolves to do what most benefits the sheep.
Well, we’ve got a long series of “Don’t like anything but STAY!” votes behind us. I expect we’ll have more such votes in front of us, as The House Of Commons comes to grips with the simple fact that “Leave means Leave” and trying to “Leave + Stay” just doesn’t work. As they increasingly realize they can’t “Stay” while leaving, I expect to see ever more “Stay” content in the votes.
Will it end at “Revoke Article 50”? Probably not. The political fallout of pissing off 17 million voters will weigh heavily on their minds. Will it be BINO T.May’s “deal”? Possibly. T. May, having offered to leave #10 after having “farted in their general direction”; they may well decide to just “hold their noses” for a while and take the lock-in to the EU. There is the possible of them just deciding to “throw it to the people and duck” in a “Referendum Redux”, but can that be done by April 12?
Sky News is saying that the 3rd T.May “deal” vote (Friday, or is this the 4th “bite at the apple”?) is OK as it doesn’t include the “Political Statement”, while some MP was saying if it did NOT pass, then it’s ‘April 12 and out’ as the May 22 date evaporates. One can hope… So it will be a big day and a big vote, that likely won’t really do anything. The EU Leadership want their £Billions of “divorce bill” (£s Of Flesh?) and will find ways to “extend for a price”… IMHO.
The only real hope I see for BREXIT is that the PMs may just bicker among themselves until April 12 passes. Given that they were not able to do that for March 29th, I doubt they can resist the “dick with factor” and do it this time. 2nd best would be the EU Membership having just one country willing to “Pitch the UK out” by NOT voting for whatever deal is put forward.
What I don’t see happening is a bunch of Remoaners and Remainers voting to actually just leave the EU and get on with life as a free and independent nation. It can be very comfortable for politicians in a satrap. Having no actual power they can blame all the negative results on the Empire above them, all while collecting fat checks, nice kick-backs, and profits off their “investments” (in law changes they know about in advance). Prestige, wealth, fame – all with no actual responsibility. Who would vote to leave that?
So do The People of the U.K. care enough about their Nation and their vote to press the weasels into doing what the vote demanded? So far, we’ve not seen it. Project Fear is working hard to quash any positive feelings about BREXIT. The British penchant for just waiting patiently until it’s all a done deal, then complaining about it, is in full force. The Remoaners are constantly on the BBC (and every other media it seems) bashing the whole idea. Against all that, who will stand in the public square and call foul?
But at least we get a few more weeks (Or maybe months? Years?) of watching the U.K. Commons Farce as they sit on a barb wire fence and complain about the pain of getting off of it.
I suppose it is a decent Greek Tragedy / Comedy…
as I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.