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5 May, 2019
Brexit Facts4EU.Org Editorial
It’s the Spring Bank Holiday weekend – Sunday, 5th May 2019 – and we are still in the EU
1,047 days ago the majority of the electorate voted to leave the European Union. The Prime Minister had promised to invoke Article 50 “the next day” if Leave won.
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In the worst case scenario, the UK should therefore have left the EU on 24 June 2018
That’s 316 days ago
It could all have been so different
Of course the UK needn’t have even waited that long. If robust negotiations had started immediately, it would very quickly have become apparent that the EU wished to punish the UK. Brexit Facts4EU.Org wrote from the beginning that this would be the case.
“This will not be an amicable divorce.” Unelected EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, 24 June 2016
Yes, he really did say this, on the day of the EU Referendum result, to German media.
The government could have announced that the UK would be leaving as soon as some basic agreements had been made on reciprocal rights of citizens, continuation of flights, and a raft of technical matters. The European Communities Act, 1972, could then have been repealed and we would have been out. Possibly within a year of the vote, in June 2017.
We could have been free
For the last two years we would have been a free, independent and sovereign nation. The EU would have been forced to agree an interim arrangement under Article 24 of the GATT treaty, whereby trading would have continued without tariffs whilst a new free trade agreement was being negotiated.
If they had not done so, the economy of the Irish Republic would have collapsed and at least a couple of other economies in the Eurozone would have gone into recession.
Yes, under these circumstances there would have been a jolt to the UK economy too, the pound would have fallen, but gradually the world’s traders would have woken up to the immense underlying power of the UK and within a year everything would have been turning up again.
Trading freely and globally
By now we would have had free trade agreements with the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, and the myriad of other countries who have been lining up ever since the UK voted to leave the EU.
The Irish border would have been a non-issue, as HMRC, Irish Customs, and the EU Parliament’s own report all said that no physical infrastructure was needed. HMRC and Irish Customs would have made it happen. Instead they were suddenly prevented from talking to each other, as we have reported previously.
Most importantly of all, democracy in the UK would have stayed relatively intact
Sadly, we now consider democracy in the United Kingdom to be in the intensive care ward. This is the biggest tragedy of the mess this Government and Parliament has made of Brexit.
This has nothing to do with Brexit itself, of course. It is all to do with the catastrophic decline in the quality of the political Establishment over the last generation. Forget the details of withdrawal agreements, this is about anti-democratic and poor quality MPs.
Parliament versus the People
The simple fact is that the people voted to leave the EU and Parliament has been blocking it for almost three years.
The corporate media, most of whom are Remainers, have focused on matters such as “Parliamentary arithmetic”. They focus on trivia such as who said what each day.
This is fundamentally about MPs refusing to accept and implement a clear democratic vote of the people – the largest in United Kingdom history.
This cannot be stressed too strongly.
“Squeeze them till the pips squeak”
So said Labour Chancellor Denis Healey in the 1970s when talking of the rich. Well, what’s sauce for the goose…
It’s simple. MPs must be told to respect the vote.
Apply pressure, keep applying pressure, then apply more pressure
The only pressure that some of these anti-democratic MPs will understand is a short, sharp, cold shower of democracy. Why wait until the next set of elections on 23 May? The elections on Thursday were a disaster for Mrs May’s party and yet somehow she is still our Prime Minister.
Enough of the delays. We’ve had nothing but delays since the British people voted to leave the EU 1,047 days ago.
It’s time to act. Imagine if every pro-Brexit party and every pro-Brexit campaign group got behind our “We leave now, or we’ll never vote for you again” initiative?
Many hundreds of thousands of letters arriving in MPs’ offices, all telling them the same thing? Now wouldn’t that be something?