Category: Brexit

Politics Is But A Pantomime Of Smoke And Mirrors

Today is the 31st October. Brexit date. Independence Day. The date where finally after the debacle and treachery seen under the May Administration, Boris has pledged that “Do or Die” we will be leaving the European Union. Except we haven’t left and we won’t be leaving today. We won’t be an independent nation once again and that which we voted for back in 2016 still won’t be enacted.
Of course if you listen to the usual hacks from Westminster, this isn’t good old Boris’s fault. It was Parliament’s fault. That corrupt nest of traitorous vipers. It was they who stopped him fulfilling his promise to us. Except it wasn’t, well not in the manner presented anyway.
Yes Parliament is stuffed full of Remainers who did everything possible to prevent Boris from leaving but that eventuality is nothing new. It has always been the case. Boris knew it from the moment that he walked through the door of Number 10 but he still went on to pledge to the nation that we would be leaving today. Spending £Billions of our money in the process as he planned for it and promoted it.
Yet here we are again with another three month extension and democracy once again denied but then that has always been the agenda, we the public just do not realise this. We see things in black and white. We voted to Leave so we should now Leave but Westminster and politics doesn’t work that way. Yes we know what Leaving the EU means, yes we understand the implications but that counts for nothing. Democracy, that long admired and trumpeted system by which we genuinely believe that our voices matter is a sham. It’s a fraud and has been ever since Cromwell departed.
We don’t get a say if it means declaring a view contrary to that of the Establishment. Of course if you vote in favour of their agenda then they are more than happy to carry out the ‘Will of the People’ but vote against their roadmap of intent and you end up here, with the pantomime of he said / she said played out daily from Westminster as they seek to manipulate and eventually overturn your decision.
Of course we all become caught up in this soap opera of thrust and parry. We take it at face value that the Government are trying to fight for the vote to be enacted and they are thwarted by dastardly acts of treachery by the opposition, intent on enforcing a minority view onto the majority. Yet please indulge me for a second dear reader and take a step back from the tribalism of whichever rosette colour that you blindly follow and look at what has actually happened.
As a Brexiteer I was willing to give Boris the benefit of the doubt when he became Prime Minister. I had voted for May in 2017 as I believed her when she said that ‘Leave meant Leave’ and the other bare faced platitude that was ‘No Deal being better than a Bad Deal’.
It was due to those pledges that the public accepted the Tory party renegotiating with the EU one final time, despite that not being an option on the ballot paper during the Referendum. I voted to Leave. I didn’t vote to renegotiate but of course most people are pragmatic about these things and if it was possible to finally gain a good deal now, then there would be no harm in trying. After all, if we were offered a bad deal we had a Prime Minister in Theresa May who would walk away with No Deal. Who was safe in the knowledge that the majority who voted for Brexit would back her decision to do so if that was what became of the negotiations.. There was however one flaw in our assumption. She was lying to us and had no intention of ever leaving without a deal good, bad or indifferent. As far as May was concerned she wanted any deal other than No Deal.
The dawning realisation of that infuriated me. It was a betrayal of such magnitude to know that a serving British Prime Minister was willing to bind us to the EU via the invented backstop which had no means of escape. Effectively ending any hope of a free Independent UK forever. The sheer magnitude of that betrayal is astounding. Yet when push came to shove the Tory Party, including Boris himself all voted for it during the third attempt to pass it in the Commons.
Now we can suggest that Corbyn is a danger to this nation but if the Labour Party hadn’t voted against her deal then that’s where we would be right now. Take a second to think about that. I have and the thought absolutely horrifies me.

May, along with the Conservative Party were willing to see our nation enslaved to the EU with no unilateral means of escape. That is what her Withdrawal Act would’ve brought about and we would be having to pay £billions for the pleasure. I feel sick just writing that down but it is a fact and no-one can deny that.
Once you realise the extent of the treachery that she and her party had almost inflicted upon this nation then it is amazing that we are all still willing to welcome Boris as the ‘Saviour of Brexit,’ especially as he is the man who like his predecessor before him promised things to gain your trust and hopes, which then never materialised but here’s the thing, it was never supposed to. Merely that we backed him, supported him and he used that support to bolster his own power base and keep the opposition out of power. It’s all just a game to them, a game of manipulation and always has been.
His supporters are busy today doing the rounds of the TV News studios pushing the narrative and phrasing the upcoming election as “The People vs Parliament” but that isn’t the case at all.
Think back to Boris’s prorogation of Parliament. What did it achieve and what was it’s purpose? It cost him twenty one MP’s who voted against his Government, ten of whom have since been welcomed back into the fold. That prorogation of Parliament directly led to the Benn Act. As Parliament claimed that the Prime Minister couldn’t be trusted not to scheme a way to take us out on No Deal. Those lost 21 MP’s voted with the opposition to supposedly bind the Prime Ministers hands but we knew differently. They had all fallen into Boris’s fiendishly clever trap we were told, as he instructed the Tory Peers in the House Of Lords to stand down and not to fillibuster the Bill but let it pass unobstructed.
We looked at each in amazement at the time when this happened but were told that the plan is unchanged, we still leave on the 31st October ‘Do or Die’. We readied ourselves for a rabbit to be pulled from the hat at the 11th hour and the traitorous rabble who had sought to prevent Brexit from happening would finally get their comeuppance and that day would be a glorious day indeed.
Yet here we are. On the 31st October. British Independence Day. Still members of the EU as the extension so graciously offered by our EU Masters has now been accepted and written into UK law. All eyes are now firmly on the upcoming General Election. Where Boris, the Great Saviour of Brexit will seek to return a whopping majority over Corbyn and his treasonous comrades, so that he can then sign us up to his Withdrawal Agreement with the EU. Which will see us paying Billions into their budget for years to come. Continued oversight from the ECJ. A border down the Irish Sea and an agreement that will see the UK underwrite hundreds of billions of Eurozone debt. It’s as if all of the promises and bluster of the previous weeks are to be forgotten without mention. Move on. Focus on the upcoming election where good Sir Boris will defeat the evil Corbyn and the traitors in Parliament who would thwart his new deal, which is Brexit apparently will be defeated.

Apparently his new deal is what we have all voted for. As envisaged by the Tory Party. This is what three and a half years of being called racist, xenophobic, uneducated gammon has been all for. So that the Tory party can sign off on this deal and then tell us that this is Brexit. Of course never forgetting to remind that it is the opposition, not they who are the danger to our Nation. Yet we are split as a Country like never before and according to Boris, we did it all for this deal to be the outcome.
I ask myself is it worth it?

Is this Tory Brexit worth the loss of civility in our nation and the answer is no. It isnt. This deal of Boris’s isn’t Brexit. The Tories have never been willing to deliver what we voted for and to suggest that they have is laughable. The Tories wish to deliver their version of Brexit. It is a version that as a Leave voter I do not recognise. I know that what was promised during the Referendum is actually achievable if we had elected Representatives who wished to deliver it. I know that as a free independent nation we can control our laws, borders, money, fisheries and trade deals. All of those things are still there but in order to have them we need to actually Leave and Leave without a deal which ties us into things that we voted to be rid of.
Something which Boris Johnson and Theresa May simply are not willing to do despite gaining our votes on the pledges that they would. Suddenly the word coming from Tory Brexiteer’s is pragmatism. After three and a half years of the Tory party being in Government, we have to be pragmatic apparently and understand that without a majority in Parliament Boris, despite his best efforts, simply couldn’t deliver due to Parliament but vote for us all again and we will do it next time we promise
Conveniently forgetting that it was Boris’s ridiculous and juvenile extended Prorogation of Parliament that saw him lose his working majority in the House and then just for good measure his new negotiated Withdrawal Agreement, which would see a customs border down the middle of the Irish Sea that saw the DUP withdraw their support. A cynic would suggest that this was the plan all along. That he knew he had no intention of leaving the EU without a deal. Like Theresa May before him. Any deal will do in the eyes of our Political class if that mitigates our vote to Leave, which runs contrary to the path the powers that be have decided is the direction that we shall walk.
Once you realise this and once you see this Pantomime for what it is then it all becomes clear. Our current concept of Democracy is a myth and it is only this way because we allow it to be so. We all sit watching the debates in Parliament played out before us. It is adversarial, our side against their side. Blue against Red. Tories against Labour dividing us as a nation as we shout for our chosen team to be victorious. It is political sport, which we all want to win. Where our chosen ‘Champions’ should emerge victorious and successful as they fight for our beliefs and values.
Yet it’s all a sham. They aren’t fighting for us. None of them are. They are all simply playing a role designed to divide us and distract us, as the real power simply mlve their chess pieces around the board within the corridors and dark rooms of Westminster. Far away from the prying eyes of the public and the media who are simply mouthpieces to relay their world views and agenda.
We are conditioned to believe that watching one fight against the other, be it in politics like in sport is a way to resolve things. The Romans knew the power of this adversarial distraction through the use of the Gladiators fighting in the Colosseum. By vicariously taking part as we view the proceedings, we personally do not need to actually, physically take part in the fight. We have a team. They carry our banner. They fight on our behalf and we accept the result, win lose or draw.
Except Brexit has exposed to many that our system of Government is broken. It doesn’t work on our behalf. They aren’t fighting on our behalf. You’ve only to listen to some of the diatribe which they come out with to understand this. As Corbyn spoke of extending the voting franchise to 16yr olds and EU nationals so that we do not disenfranchise them and all without the accepted irony that for the past 3 and a half years that’s exactly what they have all done to the 17.4million who simply put their cross in the box marked “Leave”. Politicians tell us that they are fighting on our behalf, they tell us this is the case and we have accepted them at their word for generations. It’s time however that we all opened our eyes to the reality. Our democracy is a sham and our Parliament is simply a Pantomime filled with clowns masquerading as politicians.

They are on their side. Not ours

As you digest this, all that is left is for me to wish you all a Happy Third No Brexit Day. I doubt it will be the last.


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The Prime Minister doesn’t have to ask for an extension under the Benn Act. Here’s why and the irony is delicious

We have all heard that the Benn Act will ensure that No Deal is taken off the table and that unless Parliament agrees to a deal that under this Act, the Prime Minister by law must ask for an extension to Article 50. Yet whenever the Prime Minister or members of the Government are asked if the Prime Minister will comply with this requirement and ask for an extension, they reply with a wry smile that the Prime Minister will comply with the law.

So what’s going on?

How can he not ask the EU for an extension if that’s what the law of the land under the Benn Act says must happen?

To be honest it’s quite simple. Article 50 says that we will leave the EU at the end of negotiation period either with a negotiated withdrawal agreement or without.
The Benn act however, seeks to remove the ‘without’ from the table, which then makes it in contravention and at odds with what Article 50 and EU law states. A principle established after the metric martyr case affirms that where there are differences between EU law and UK law, that EU law is superior and UK law must either be amended or set aside.

The speaker of the House John Bercow confirmed the same when recently asked by Labour MP Kate Hoey following the previous extension, where he replied that EU law takes precedence. A point restated once again only last week by Jacob Rees-Mogg when the same question was posed and he replied,

“that as long as the Communities Act is in force, EU law takes precedence.”

Therefore the Benn Act is incompatible with EU law as it contravenes the Lisbon Treaty and as such No Deal is still on the table. Unless of course they can force Treaty Change, which they cant. It becomes irrelevant what Parliament intended by the Benn Act, EU law overules it as it did when exit date was automatically changed and updated within the Withdrawal Act after Mrs May agreed to a 6 month extension under Article 50. The UK Act of Parliament was updated with the revised exit date immediately. That was despite Parliament having enshrined exit date in UK law. Our law was at odds with International law when the extension was agreed and therefore it had to be changed to reflect the new reality.

The Benn Act will suffer the same fate as the section contained within which negates the Prime Minister from having to apply for an extension is Section 2 of the Benn Act, which states that no letter need be sent requesting an extension if,
“this House approves the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union on exit day, without a withdrawal agreement as defined in section 20(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.”

If that condition is met, ie if Parliament agrees to leaving with no deal then the Prime Minister doesnt have to send the letter detailed in Section 4 of the Act.
Now by the sheer fact that we signed up to the Lisbon Treaty, we agreed to Article 50. By enacting Article 50 Parliament accepted the terms of Article 50.
Article 50 states we will leave without a deal if no deal has been agreed.

THAT is an acceptance already by Parliament under EU law that it has accepted that we will be leaving with No Deal if an agreement hasnt been met. It cannot then say that under UK law a letter will need to be sent if a No Deal departure isn’t agreed by the House. As under Article 50 theyve already agreed to such an outcome.

What they are suggesting by the Benn Act, is that they have signed up to an EU Treaty but then parts of that Treaty will only be allowed if Parliament rules that they can be. Thats plainly wrong.

For instance, Freedom of Movement will happen irrelevant if Parliament passes an Act saying it is in favour or against allowing such a thing. The UK Parliament cannot pass a law that contravenes or contradicts EU law on say Freedom of Movement as we’ve already agreed to such a thing by virtue of being signatories to the enabling Treaty.

As such, Parliament has already agreed to No Deal as a consequence of signing the Lisbon Treaty and enacting Article 50. If they want to stop that, then they have to revoke Article 50 or rewrite Article 50 which will need Treaty Change.

The Benn Legislation states no letter need be sent if Parliament has agreed to a No Deal Departure yet its agreement to such an eventuality has already been agreed under EU law and so therefore no letter need be sent.

As Boris has said throughout, we will comply with the law and they will. The irony is indeed sweet and delicious that the law they comply with will be EU law which then exposes quite dramatically how the Sovereignty of Parliament has been undermined by our membership of the EU, despite the denials of the Remainers within.

It is an ending that will see the curtain drawn on our membership of this Political Union which is almost worthy of Shakespeare himself. Such sweet, delicious irony indeed.


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Brexit, Rebellion and Political Lies

Brexit, Rebellion and Political Lies

MP’s Continue to Frustrate Brexit

MP’s Continue to Frustrate Brexit

Imagine sitting down with your ever expanding family and deciding that you need more space to accommodate everyone. Dad wants an extension so as he can have a workshop where he can retire for a bit of peace. Mum wants a garden room, where she can curl up with a good book and close the door on the bedlam and just breathe in the beauty of nature from the garden. The kids want a games room extension complete with game consoles, gaming chairs, big screen televisions, surround sound and LED lighting and a sound system capable of making your eardrums explode.

Finally, after much discussion, a decision is reached. Dad can get a bigger shed, the kids can take over the lounge TV for their computer games and mum can get the garden room she desperately needs for her own sanity.

A builder is called, you discuss your requirements and you pay him the deposits. These things take time to organise and so a few months later you contact the builder to check where things stand.

“I’m just talking to all my builder mates about your requirements in order to agree the best way to do this”, he replies.

A few months pass again and finally, the builder turns up with his gang of merry men and they begin digging the foundations for your agreed garden room extension. Halfway through he turns to you and says, “There’s been a slight change of plan actually since last we spoke. Now I know that you asked for a garden room but you never actually stipulated what that meant. So as I’m the expert in these matters and after discussing it all with my builder mates I’m going to build you a conservatory with a hot tub as to me that is a Garden Room”

This is where we are right now with Brexit. We’ve employed people to build something to our request, but it appears that they wish to build something completely different and to their own notion of what it should be.

Would you ever allow a builder to dictate to you? So why an MP?