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Most politicians would have just resigned and gone to make their fortune at after dinner speaking or something. Not Theresa May though. She gets hammered from all sides and, apart from losing her voice a bit, just keeps on getting back up.
She seems to be the nearest thing I’ve ever come across to a human rubber ball, or perhaps, one of those blow up things that you could get as kids that you punched and they rolled back upright.
Anyway. Aren’t we in a pickle then?
For better or worse – and yes, I know, some of you think we’re nuts to want to leave the EU – we voted to leave.
Arguments wax and wain about whether the referendum should be binding, or whether the leave campaign was financed by Russia and all that sort of thing.
The problem is, nobody actually knows anything. Lots of people believe lots of things.
Leaving will be a disaster. Leaving will be a new golden dawn. The leave campaign lied. The remain campaign lied.
The only known fact in this whole shambles is this.
Of the people who voted, 52% voted to leave against 48% to remain.
If the result had gone the other way, the ‘remain’ side would be very angry indeed if the ‘leave’ side refused to accept the outcome so, it has to be said, regardless of whether you think leaving is a mistake, the ‘remain’ side are potentially going to damage British democracy by stopping it happening.
History might well show them to have been correct in their belief that leaving is a disaster. Unfortunately, nobody knows that until and unless it becomes historically correct so, if ‘remain’ succeed in making us remain, our democracy is damaged.
The deal offered by the EU has been rejected twice by parliament. I think it’s fairly safe to say the deal is dead, even if it won’t lie down.
The vote, as I write today, is whether or not to take ‘No Deal’ off the table. In other words, without a deal we remain. The general consensus seems to be that this vote will go through.
Outside of parliament, most people agree, even if they hate the idea of leaving without a deal, that formerly removing the possibility actually weakens the UK’s position. It clearly does but, the majority in parliament are only paying lip service to their constituents, where said constituencies voted ‘leave’. The vast majority in parliament want to remain and to hell with what their constituents want.
That is where our democracy is under threat.
Leaving could be a huge mistake. It could be the most moronic thing it is possible for a nation to do.
On the other hand, it might not be. That’s the problem. People who say it is disastrous are expressing an opinion not a fact. People who say it’s a great idea are expressing an opinion not a fact.
Fact: 52% voted leave to 48% voting remain.
Ignore that fact at your peril parliament. (and I say that as part of the 48%. I might not be a fan of the EU but I did think being a major player in the new empire was a better option than peering in from the outside)
A second referendum? That might be one of the ways out of this mess, but, of course, ‘leave’ will understandably accuse ‘remain’ of holding another referendum because they can’t accept defeat. If ‘remain’ were to win a second then what? Best of three?
If ‘leave’ won again then what? ‘Remain’ finally accept it? Perhaps but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Another suggestion is that a second referendum shouldn’t be binary. In other words, not simply ‘leave’ or ‘remain’. It should be ‘leave’, ‘leave with a deal’ or ‘remain’. Another way to describe this would be ‘let’s blatantly split the leave vote and hope everybody is too stupid to notice’.
Somewhat perversely, there is an increasing suspicion that, despite ‘remain’ claims that they would win a second referendum, there seems to be a growing number of former ‘remainers’ so fed up with the EU’s perceived bullying tactics (which, in fairness, are no more than the EU trying to protect itself), along with the governments clear incompetence, that another binary referendum could actually see the ‘leave’ vote increase.
Another option on the table is to delay Brexit for a couple of months.
The EU are, not surprisingly, puzzled by this. They have stated there is no more negotiating to do, so what is the point of delay?
Personally, I wouldn’t believe the EU if they said the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. They can insist negotiations are over until the sun does set frankly, but, knowing that they have around 39 billion euros at stake, you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll negotiate to avoid losing that.
So, with only 14 days to go, Brexit is about as clear as mud.
The country is divided into people who want to remain and people who want to leave. About the only thing they can agree on is that the incompetence of politicians on both sides is so ridiculous, they are all losing the will to live and just want an end to it all.
In the meantime our Prime Minister, Theresa Mayhem, is almost becoming a guilty pleasure for many.
How can anybody withstand what she has withstood and still be standing? Love her or hate her, or something in between, it is getting harder and harder not to, at least, admire the woman’s extraordinary durability.
As Chumbawumba sang in their glorious hit ‘Tubthumping’ in 1997, “I get knocked down but I get up again, you’re never going to keep me down” – quite so Theresa Mayhem, quite so.