Brexit is dead. Thus democracy has been killed off and the UK is in a deep political and existential crisis.
On 9th June 2015 MPs from all parties voted by 544 votes to 53 for the European Union Referendum Bill which provided for a Remain/Leave vote on the UK’s continued membership of the EU. No third option – such as voting for EU associate status – was to be offered to the British people; MPs decided it was to be a simple In/Out binary-choice poll.
All four of the national parties represented in Parliament – Conservative, Labour, LibDems and the Green Party – were overwhelmingly in favour of this referendum; only the SNP voted against.
The referendum was, of course, merely another – and new – tactic by the political class to control and close down the fraught public debate over EU membership. UKIP’s outstanding success in the 2014 European Parliament elections forced Remainer prime minister David Cameron to try to lance the Brexit boil by calling the referendum and a once-in-a-generation vote.
After all, there was no way the political establishment were going to lose. Ever since Tony Blair and his spin doctors Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson fifteen years before, the metropolitan political elite has learnt well and developed further the truth-free dark arts of how to manipulate public opinion: fake the news, unperson the opposition, dismiss free speech as ‘far right’ , introduce ‘hate speech’, deplatform and silence ‘hate figures’, create phony ‘phobia’ categories such as Islamophobia, homophobia and transphobia, rebrand intolerance as tolerance, duck killer facts, bury damning evidence, promote disinformation.
In 2013, just two years before the Referendum Bill, the elite political class had used the dark arts to achieve a notable victory in the defining battleground of the culture wars – the touchstone liberal-progressive issue of gay marriage.
Opinion polls showed there was no demand for gay marriage even from gay activists like Stonewall. None of the parties had any mandate for gay marriage as not one of them had included it in their 2010 election manifesto. Neither were there any Green or White Paper statutory consultations with the public on gay marriage.
Rather, it was imposed top-down by what Brendan O’Neill excoriated as “tiny handfuls of sharp-suited gay lobbyists, lawyers, celebrities, commentators and the Notting Hill/Hampstead sections of the political class.” If democracy means ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’, the proposed gay marriage legislation was a democratic fraud.
But this didn’t matter. Aided by a tsunami of pro-LGBT propaganda from arch-liberal BBC and the mainstream media, the political elite had learnt to drown the opposition by massive pro-gay coverage, to sideline any adversaries – including UKIP – as bigoted and homophobic, and to close down the debate. Together all four party leaders – David Cameron (Tory), Ed Miliband (Labour), Nick Clegg (LibDem) and Caroline Lucas (Green) – cheered and waved their Order Papers as they bulldozed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through Parliament.
Faced with such overwhelming top-down power-play by the governing class, the public acquiesced and in due course polls showed that the majority had come to accept gay marriage as mainstream.
Emboldened, our rulers thought they could do it again over the bigger and existential question of Britain’s EU membership – even if, in a new development of their art, they would have to bring the President of the United States across the Atlantic to blackmail and bully Brits into voting the correct way.
However, on 23rd June 2016, disaster struck and their cunning plan came unstuck. In the largest democratic vote ever, the British people voted firmly to Leave the EU. By a clear majority Government and Parliament were told by voters to bring about Brexit.
The political establishment including, of course, the four political parties represented in Parliament, was shocked and stunned to the core. It was not what they anticipated or wanted. So, after a brief pause, they started their campaign to block Brexit by fair means or foul.
As a result, at just before midnight on 3rd April 2019, after almost three years of deliberate delay, gross obfuscation, monumental incompetence, invertebrate negotiators, Civil Service opposition, BBC and media hostility, constructive dismissal of pro-Brexit ministers, intervention by the politicised judiciary, well-heeled and well-funded extra-Parliamentary resistance (think Gina Miller, Tony Blair, George Soros) and increasingly shrill Remain demands for a second bite at the referendum cherry, Brexit was finally killed stone dead when the cross-party Cooper-Letwin Bill which ruled out a ‘No Deal’ Brexit was passed by the House of Commons.
Remainers were triumphant. Parliament had thwarted the will of the people and the Brexit referendum result had been quashed. The only options left were either (a) for Britain to Remain in the EU as a full member as at present, or (b) for Parliament to accept the prime minister’s catastrophic ‘cock-up or conspiracy?’ Withdrawal Agreement that is BRINO (Brexit In Name Only) and is substantially worse in effect than simply Remaining in the EU as before.
Once again it was game, set and match to the political establishment. They had reasserted their control, rectified the ‘mistake’ of the referendum, beaten the British people back into the servitude from which they voted to escape, and ensured that the UK continues as an off-shore province of, and cash cow for, the EU empire.
As a result there is now one big Question:
The whole world watched wide-eyed as the British people voted for Brexit, national self-determination and freedom from the straitjacket of the EU leviathan. Then, with even more astonishment, they watched as the British ruling elite in the historic Mother of Parliaments overturned and nullified that democratic vote.
It was a coup without bullets, Parliament against the People. The once proud British nation was reduced to a political banana republic with the democratic credentials of North Korea.
Or to be more precise, the UK is now the democratic equivalent of Vichy France. During WW2 that country was run by a quisling French administration at the bidding of a hostile foreign power based in Berlin. Today, of course, the foreign power is based in Brussels as well as Berlin.
The Question is: do the British people have the courage and fighting spirit to throw off the yoke of the quisling ruling class that resides in Westminster?
Until we do, we will never be free of the EU.
An abridged version of this post was first published by Kipper Central on 10th June