There is no way the European Commission will let Britain leave the European Union and wreck the Project they have been nurturing for more than 60 years — to create a United States of Europe. One way or another, our Government which is mainly in favour of the EU, will ‘rig’ the result, manipulate it so that it will seem that the British People have voted to Remain in the EU and not to Leave.
So, how are they going to do it?
As we know, they have already gone a long way towards it. At the last Referendum, the Government talked up remaining in what they said would only be a Common Market, nothing more, and Ted Heath, the Tory Leader lied, as he admitted later, saying that staying in would mean ‘no essential loss of sovereignty’. This time, the two Cassandras of Downing Street and their adherents are talking down the idea of Britain succeeding outside of the EU. They have prophesized ‘Woe, Woe and Thrice Times Woe’ if the country dares to follow the Brexiteers — there will be a Third World War, genocide, house prices will fall, unemployment will rise and, worst of all, family holidays will cost more.
Although it is supposed to give a balanced view on whether the country should Remain or Leave the EU, The Government has spent some £9 million of voters’ money on a booklet which favours the Remain side and says little about the benefits of Britain living as an independent country in control of its own affairs. Even the leaflet put out by the Electoral Commission is psychologically skewed. The Remain argument appears on the favoured left hand page with large blue print, red sub-headings and family photos, leaving the less frequently read right hand side with small print and no photos to the case for leaving the EU.
Such has been the daily dose of scaremongering that even the Great British Public are now dithering and it will all come down to what happens on the day of the Referendum, 23rd June 2016, which will be as important to England as the 14th October 1066.
So what should the Brexiteers beware of?
As the Austrians are apparently beginning to realise after their recent election, the most likely method of fraud will be through the postal vote.
Until the Representation of the People Act 2000 the categories of people who could use a postal vote in an election were restricted and mainly included those resident abroad and those who were unable to vote in person due to disability. But as from 16th February 2001, this was changed to allow postal voting on demand. No reason need now be given by the voters applying for them.
There are various problems here.
For instance, voting lists for an area can be increased to an extraordinary extent with far too people apparently living in one small flat or house — the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is one example where thousands of ‘eligible’ voters suddenly appeared on the electoral roll just before the last two General Elections.
Another worry is who exactly is completing the form — it could be anyone at the given address. Who knows?
Also, just where the postal votes are kept before the Counting, and can they be tampered with?
Then we come to the Count itself and this will not be conducted in the same way as a By-Election or General Election where the votes are counted immediately after the doors are closed and the result usually announced that night — although in the last few elections, the boxes are kept overnight and the vote not counted until the following morning which can create suspicions of fraud.
According to the Electoral Commission, the total of a local count will be passed to their Regional Counting Officer (RCO) who, if satisfied that they are accurate, will approve the figures.
More time is then needed for the Regional Officer to relay the regional total to the Chief Counting Officer (CCO) for approval and only after this the RCO will make a declaration of the regional total. Bear in mind that there will be 382 counting areas:
326 local authorities in England
32 unitary authorities in Scotland
22 unitary authorities in Wales
The final two counting areas will be Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.
And all this checking, passing on, checking again will take some time and pass through several hands so it cannot be said with absolute certainty that all is secure. We just have to hope that some officials will not ‘revise’ the final figures. Hopefully, our local council and their staff can be trusted with the local counts and it is also hoped that the auditors will find no errors or frauds after the local counts. But, for instance, one sub-agent at the General Election of 2015 discovered that after their verification, the votes were returned to the boxes and the boxes sealed with small pieces of plastic. He then found that there were many spare seals so that it might be possible to undo the boxes and later reseal them which would leave them open to tampering.
Then there are the exit polls to consider. Bearing in mind that the pre-election polls’ statistics have varied a great deal and give the impression of having been manipulated by the Remain camp, perhaps the exit polls might also be viewed with caution.
Additionally, Electoral Commission has recently issued a brief which states that once declared, the national result will be final but not legally binding. According to the European Referendum Act 2015, there are no provisions to implement the result of the referendum and so although unlikely, legally, the Government is not bound to follow the outcome of the referendum.
It was also the Electoral Commission which decided that it would be the ‘Vote Leave’ group’ lead by Boris Johnson, which would head the Out campaign in preference to ‘Go — Grassroots Out’, the cross-party group headed by Nigel Farage, Leader of the UK Independence Party, who therefore does not have to be invited to appear in the media during the Leave Campaign.
It is hoped, but not guaranteed, that Nigel Farage who was instrumental in forcing the Government to hold this Referendum, will receive an invitation to the announcement of the final result of the EU Referendum which will be made in Manchester.
NOTE: With thanks to my colleagues who sent me much of the information above.