Friday 18 May 2018
The government’s betrayal of Brexit took a new turn this week as the customs issue threatened to come to a head, with Theresa May backing down in the most craven way possible. She is now expected to push for an extension of our Customs Union membership beyond 2021 – more than half a decade after our vote to leave the EU.
The so-called Brexit War Cabinet agreed to a solution they dubbed the “Irish backstop”, which will tie us to the dysfunctional European Customs Union for years to come. Brexiteers like Michael Gove and foreign secretary Boris Johnson were outvoted by Remainers in the cabinet, now seemingly denied the decisive support of Gavin Williamson and Sajid Javid that quashed May’s “customs partnership” fudge in recent weeks.
The refusal of supposed Eurosceptics like Gove and Johnson to resign over this issue reveals how half-hearted they are about national independence. It’s time for backbenchers like Jacob Rees-Mogg to rise up for the people of Britain, hand their letters in to the chairman of the 1922 Committee, and trigger an immediate leadership election to oust Theresa May.
Patience isn’t wearing thin, it’s now totally worn it. Time for May to go.
May’s chief crony – scandal-ridden Damian Green – smugly justified the disgraceful move by saying that “the point about a new customs arrangement is that it needs to work smoothly from day one, or we have chaos on the roads, especially in Kent. If that means a small delay, so be it.”
But five years is no “small delay” – it’s a major attempt to slow our progress towards national independence because our Remainer-stuffed government doesn’t have the political will to reach a solution and implement it.
And May herself has attempted to change the narrative by reiterating her commitment to leaving the Customs Union when we leave the EU. She wants us to be blinded by semantics, but whether she packages it as remaining in the Customs Union, remaining in “a” customs union, pursuing a “customs partnership”, or falling back to an “Irish backstop”, the result is ultimately the same: submission to Brussels.
Brexit legend Rees-Mogg put it best: “we have gone from a clear end point, to an extension, to a proposed further extension with no end point. People voted to leave, they did not vote for a perpetual purgatory.” The prime minister is now flatly refusing to deliver what 17.4m patriotic Brits voted for in June 2016. So much for “Brexit means Brexit”!
Meanwhile, the Lords joined the fray yet again, imposing their 15th defeat on the government’s Withdrawal bill this week – most recently demanding the maintenance of EU environmental standards. The public is sick to death of these unelected clowns interfering in our withdrawal process, but now they’re being backed by the very government they’re trying to undermine!
Following a huge petition on giving the public a referendum on the anachronistic upper chamber, due to be debated next month, the government gave an official response which stated that it is “committed to ensuring that the House of Lords continues to fulfil its constitutional role as a revising and scrutinising chamber” and that “comprehensive reform is not a priority”.
Yet more proof that our petitioning system – which was meant to give ordinary folk more of a say over the people who govern them – is in fact a complete farce. It’s time for a major rethink on the way we do politics in Britain.
So the government has caved, the Lords are demanding that they cave even more, and this week we saw three figures team up in a bizarre rice factory performance to go even further and push for a second referendum on our exit from the EU.
Nick Clegg (sacked by the people of Sheffield), Nicky Morgan (sacked from the cabinet), and David Miliband (chased out of the country by his brother Ed) took to the podiums to preach the same old message of doom and gloom. Nothing of value was said – just the same old lies that millions of Brits rejected during the referendum. See below for a facts-based insight into the UK’s roaring economy.
Most of the media attention focused of course on David Miliband, the ex-foreign secretary who was once considered the natural successor to New Labour. He left parliament in 2013 to lead a scandal-ridden charity that was recently accused of hushing up sex abuse, fraud, and bribery allegations, so who can blame him for wanting to return to the Westminster swamp?
The EU’s woes continue to mount in Italy where Silvio Berlusconi’s decision to step aside from his centre-right coalition with patriotic Lega Nord has opened the door for a Eurosceptic populist coalition between Lega and the Five Star Movement.
Drafts of their potential coalition agreement show the parties are preparing to strike back against Brussels, calling for a return to a pre-Maastricht status quo with mechanisms in place for nations to reclaim their monetary sovereignty by leaving the disastrous single currency. The final agreement, set to be voted on by supporters this weekend, toned things down ever so slightly – but expect things to heat up in a major way when these two parties join forces.
And claims that the anti-establishment parties merely represent a protest vote from an angry electorate have been exploded by post-election polls showing Salvini’s anti-immigration party to be more popular than ever. After polling 17% in the general election and knocking Berlusconi out of serious coalition talks, the populist force is now on 25%. The closer they get to government, the more ordinary Italians like what they see!