All of us who consider ourselves politically-engaged from whatever political party perspective, are probably despairing about the state our Parliamentary representatives and their manner of current debate. So how did we get into such a mess?
We know it is because of Brexit. The Common Market never really wanted the UK to join, and De Gaulle tried his best to stop our entry. He no doubt could see that the British way of doing things and common law principles was entirely alien from the European way of Napoleonic codified laws and written constitutions. Maybe he foresaw that the UK could never be truly engaged with their plan to create a single European superstate to rival the USA and USSR.
However, we joined in 1974 and the UK had this uneasy relationship with what became the democratically-inept European Union for the next 40 years.
In about 2012, the former Conservative MP for Ipswich, Ben Gummer, saw that this matter needed to be resolved and approached David Cameron and recommended a referendum be called. Along with other pressing voices from Conservatives and beyond, Mr Cameron had the courage to promise a referendum by the end of 2017.
So in 2015, David Cameron won, and toured European capitals to “re-negotiate” the UK-EU relationship. It was never going to succeed as the “concessions” he acquired on that momentous day in January 2016 were as useless as a chocolate teapot. They could not over-ride the Treaties of the EU. I was told by David Lidington, the then Europe Minister, that despite an “opt-out” from “ever closer union”, the UK would not have a sovereign opt-out from anything it felt was contrary to this principle of not being on the slippery slope of ever closer union. QMV still applied and the veto was not widened to the UK.
So the meagre “concessions” which David Cameron obtained were seen as insufficient and Leave won. What all the Remoaners have conveniently forgotten is that the Cameron-won concessions would fall upon a Leave vote in the referendum. So we could not even go back to those and therefore EVER CLOSER UNION would be IMPOSED on the UK.
The 24th June 2016 was prematurely declared by Nigel Farage as Independence Day. Unfortunately, the remoaners plotted from that day onwards to thwart the referendum result. The arch-traitor Dominic Grieve, proudly declared victory in late 2017 when he had built up a “coalition” to enforce a Meaningful Vote in the Withdrawal Act. This went completely against the principle of the Executive’s normal prerogative powers over foreign policy and treaty negotiations. This represented a big seed of destruction in Theresa May’s political career, 18 months before she went.
So ever since that time, the remoaners have failed to accept the result of the 2016 referendum, the biggest democratic exercise this country has undertaken. They have spent all their time plotting and destroying the trust of the British people in our democratic institutions. Sooner or later, they will face judgement at the ballot box, and hopefully we will finally have a Boris Johnson majority government and Parliament that respects the will of the British people’s majority Leave decision and finally get Brexit done in full.