It’s D-Day minus 2 today, and this military terminology is appropriate: Tuesday is Decision Day. It’s difficult to think of a more significant date for our Nation, not even the Day of the Referendum, because we are not just observing a Government working to thwart the will of the people but MPs working to change how our democracy and Government works. And all for the sake of staying under the boot of Brussels!
MPs and indeed the PM herself have been taking to the Sunday Papers to address us voters, or rather, to show us peasants what they think and therefore what we have to think. Obviously they assume that we, in good old forelock-tugging manner, will believe the PM and her ministers rather than her Brexit MPs.
Ms May writes in The Express that she is only doing what’s ‘right for our country’, that MPs should stop playing games. Amazingly, while she praises her WA she doesn’t mention the Backstop once, not once! Her final words surely take the proverbial:
“You have delivered your instructions. Now it is our turn to deliver for you. When you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard. Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades. We cannot – and must not – let you down. Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy. So my message to Parliament this weekend is simple: it is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country.”
No, Ms May – we didn’t vote for Leave because we wanted to be heard, we voted because we wanted to LEAVE! Your WA is not what we voted for. Your weasel words about ‘breach of trust in our democracy’ mask that this is exactly what you are doing. Your Remain MPs are working to dismantle our Constitution. One cannot help but wonder if they have your secret agreement!
Next into the fray is the current Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay writing in the DT, regurgitating the mantra that it’s May’s deal or nothing, using the phrase we’ve come across yesterday already, reported in our column. He writes that ‘losing the deal’ on Tuesday leads to ‘Brexit paralysis’. It’s the now well-known May ‘directive’ of “My Deal or No Brexit”. It is, with all due respect, pathetic.
“Demoralisation through tales of doom to provoke despondency may be a key pillar of the strategy to reverse the biggest democratic decision in our history, but it will not work. The British are not a small and cowardly people. As the eurozone tips towards recession and more QE seems likely, we are not leaving Utopia, whatever its noble ideals.” (My bold)
It is fascinating how the Remain Establishment has been turning a determinedly blind eye to what is going on in the wonderful EU to which they want us chained forever. Not one of them takes the EU’s attitude into account – see here and here. It’s the usual ‘no-non-nein’ from Brussels, and never mind the vote in our Parliament on Tuesday.
The DT has an excellent Editorial today, telling MPs to vote against Ms May’s deal, to ‘kill it forever’. Their conclusion is important:
“Those saying that Mrs May’s deal is the only one on the table are fraudulently limiting this great country’s options to a Brexit so light it is barely Brexit at all (the Government’s current position) or a reversal of Brexit to keep us within the EU (the effective position of the Remainers, including the Tory rebels). Both options frustrate the will of the people, and MPs have to consider the political backlash. If an MP’s goal is to delay or stop Brexit, let them be open about it and face the consequences at the ballot box. If, however, an MP is genuinely committed to upholding the result of the referendum, then on Tuesday there is only one thing in all good conscience that they can do: vote down Mrs May’s deal.”
Indeed! But what will happen after the vote? Since Bercow’s decision to allow the Grieve amendment, it is plain that the Remainers have plunged us into a Constitutional crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen in living memory. The reports about behind-the scenes Remain machinations in Parliament are sickening. See e.g. The Express article:
“The conspirators are thought to be planning to seize control of the House of Commons timetable, allowing non-Government MPs to table motions. The move could see laws passed preventing a hard-Brexit, or indeed any departure from the EU. […] They are reportedly planning to table an amendment giving motion proposed by backbench MPs priority over those put forward by the Government, in a move which would radically change how Parliament functions.” (my bold)
All that just to thwart the Brexit referendum vote! However, it’s also a crisis for the two main parties:
“The Tories are on the brink of a historic split, senior Conservatives have warned, as Brexiteers and Remainers both threatened to torpedo the Government if they did not get their way on Brexit. […] At the same time, The Sunday Telegraph understands that several senior ministers are agitating Mrs May to immediately open talks with Labour MPs about a compromise involving a permanent customs union if her deal is defeated by a large margin on Tuesday. […] Steve Baker, the deputy chairman of the European Research Group of Eurosceptics, warned […] “It’s difficult to see how at least some Conservative MPs would not withdraw confidence in the Government.” (source)
Labour however couldn’t give a toss, not about Brexit nor about respecting the vote of 17.4 million voters. For them, as pointed out yesterday, it’s about power:
“Talking up the prospect of a vote of no confidence if the deal was blocked, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said: “It’s now here before us, we could have a socialist prime minister.” (source)
Underlining this is the report in the DM that Labour strategists are planning for a No-Confidence Vote on Wednesday with an ensuing GE, to get Corbyn into 10 Downing Street. The DUP, according to that report, will join forces with Labour unless May is replaced by a Brexit PM. But in regard to Brexit, Labour is as split as the Tory Party (see here).
We can conclude with confidence that Tuesday’s vote is not about Brexit, it is about power: Ms May wants to keep it, Labour wants to grasp it, and the Grieve Cabal wants to change how whichever Government works in future. He and his ilk think Parliament should govern, not the PM and Cabinet. Make no mistake: this won’t be limited to Brexit negotiations. This creates a precedent. No future PM will be safe.
If anything shows the utter disdain in which our elected representatives hold us it is this constitutional crisis manufactured simply to thwart our, the 17.4 millions, vote. This, the destruction of our system of governance, even more than their denying us Brexit, is what we must fight.
Get yer yellow vests now!