BREXIT Or  NEXTIT: OBSTRUCTION OF DEMOCRACY – By Yvonne Sam

  By Yvonne Sam

Missing is the global outrage over the refusal to execute Brexit ..

Britain’s Brexit process has morphed into a full–blown Shakespearean tragedy, full of treason and criminality and thankfully sans sex. The United Kingdom of Great Britain came into being on May 1, 1707,– the sequelae of Acts of Union being passed by the Parliaments of England and Scotland to ratify the 1706 Treaty of Union and thereby unite the two kingdoms.

Additionally it also takes pride of place as being among one of the oldest standing democracies in the world. On Thursday 23 June, 2016, voting took place in Great Britain to decide whether the country should leave or remain in the European Union. Leave won by 51.9% to 48.1%.     

Now three years later, in the face of a polling increase of 5% wanting to leave, wanting what they have voted for, -Parliament refuses to honor their will and execute Brexit—–a portmanteau of “British exit from the European Union”, or the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU). Democracy as defined by trusted lexicons is– government by the people. Not only does the current behavior of the government run counter to the stated definition of democracy, but it is also blatantly tantamount to obstruction of democracy.  Do we still believe in the inviolability of each vote?

Strangely enough, when countries such as Cuba under Fidel Castro, Venezuela (Hugo Chavez), Iran, and Zimbabwe under President Robert Mugabe did not display democracy, the world showed indignation. Pray tell where is the global outrage at the evident reluctance to execute Brexit?  If this circumventing of the will of the people can take place in Britain, then it can occur anywhere.  The remainder of the free world watches on while undermining of democracy plays out on the political stage in Great Britain, and should be wondering who’s next.

In the United Kingdom political lines are being redrawn, and it is certainly not Left or Right, but instead Leave or Remain. Strange but nonetheless true it has become the defining question of a generation. Brexit heralds a historic and symbolic moment, key in determining which way the world moves forward.

In no way, shape or form was Brexit a mistake. It was voted on by informed citizens of the U.K who deserve to be heard, and have their democratically expressed voices realized.  The world should support free and fair elections, and above all the purity of their results. The global story regarding Brexit characterizes it strictly as a renunciation of membership in the E. U. Notwithstanding, it was not truly a vote against anything, but instead a vote for something.

As a statement of confidence the British people voted to Leave. Collectively viewed and understood, voting for Brexit was an expression of strength and belief in the U. K’s capability as a nation to self-govern.   A statement to the world that the United Kingdom could and should once again stand alone as the successful and independent nation it once was. It was a brave and definitive vote of belief in themselves and their fellow countrymen that the time has arrived to lead, and no longer a follower be. There are many in Parliament who hold the belief that getting their way by remaining in the E. U is a more honorable goal than democracy itself. They are fully aware of the fact that Brexit is a pending motion in need of implementation. There is no dispute the majority of people voted to leave. What is being disputed is how.

Voters were of the opinion that once voting had occurred, then Brexit would follow. Sadly, instead of being the end the Brexit vote has been the beginning of a failed process. The Brexit vote is not a deviation from democracy. Instead the true deviation is relinquishing direct accountability to the voters to a secondary authority over whom the people governed have no voice. The people in the U. K are under the rule of both Westminster and Brussels.

Critics say that the EU provides security and stability. Here are some home truths-

In France Macron is operating with a 27% approval rating with frequent disruptions in the streets. In Germany Angela Merkel cannot maintain a governing coalition, Italy’s economy remains on life support, while Greece and Portugal are constantly being bailed out by the E.U. Britain can be strong with her neighbours without giving up her rights.  The two are not mutually exclusive.

The bullhorn of the powerful and the media remains hostile towards Brexit and generates fear. Fear of aloneness. Fear of the unknown. Fear of economic disaster.  Fear of World War 111. On the contrary, as the application of Brexit will allow the U. K to establish ties with trading partners who are currently estranged by the EU , Britain  should have a global future not just a European alliance.  We need to unite and stand in support of freedom and democracy, not just in Britain but around the world.  We need to champion the causes of self-governance and sovereignty and show a base of support that extends far beyond the EU.  The world is waiting to welcome back a strong and sovereign United Kingdom.

As things stand, the UK is due to leave the European Union at 23:00 GMT on 31 October 2019. If the UK and EU ratify the withdrawal agreement before then, the UK will leave on the first day of the following month.

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  • brandli62  On July 27, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Unlike what Ms. Sam is trying to make you believe, polling has consistently shown that there is now a slight majority in the UK in favour of remaining in the EU. At the time of the referendum the details, i.e. a contract regulating the exit of the UK from EU was not negotiated, and the severe consequences of leaving the EU were not clear to many voters. Furthermore, the remain campaign has been spreading a lot of lies about the financial benefits of leaving that have turned out to be wrong.
    The EU is by far the biggest trading market for the UK. Leaving the EU will make the UK weaker and it will loose a lot of the benefits being part of the largest common market in the world. It makes a difference if you have 500 million people backing you up when facing aggression by countries like Iran. As it stands, the UK by itself is unable to protect its merchant ships in the Straits of Hormuz. The UK simply does not have the resources to upkeep a global maritime presence. That’s the simple fact. Leaving the EU will also sooner or later cause a secession of Scotland from the Union. Furthermore, Northern Ireland may consider a union with Ireland as a more viable economic alternative than remaining tied with the rump UK. Economically, Ireland has profited enormously from being part of the EU. I also cannot see how a rump UK will be able to defend a permanent seat on the UN security council, if it just represent some 50 million people. India represents 1.2 billion people…
    In summary, the fair thing to do would be to have a second referendum now on the leave treaty negotiated by Theresa May with the EU. Voting YES would mean leaving the EU, voting NO would keep the UK in the EU. May’s refusal to call for a second referendum was her big strategical mistake. It costed her ultimately the premiership. Boris Johnson will be facing the same situation. It remains to see whether he will be smarter…..

  • brandli62  On July 27, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Unlike what Ms. Sam is trying to make you believe, polling has consistently shown that there is now a slight majority in the UK in favour of remaining in the EU. At the time of the referendum the details, i.e. a contract regulating the exit of the UK from EU was not negotiated, and the severe consequences of leaving the EU were not clear to many voters. Furthermore, the remain campaign has been spreading a lot of lies about the financial benefits of leaving that have turned out to be wrong.
    The EU is by far the biggest trading market for the UK. Leaving the EU will make the UK weaker and it will loose a lot of the benefits being part of the largest common market in the world. It makes a difference if you have 500 million people backing you up when facing aggression by countries like Iran. As it stands, the UK by itself is unable to protect its merchant ships in the Straits of Hormuz. The UK simply does not have the resources to upkeep a global maritime presence. That’s the simple fact. Leaving the EU will also sooner or later cause a secession of Scotland from the Union. Furthermore, Northern Ireland may consider a union with Ireland as a more viable economic alternative than remaining tied with the rump UK. Economically, Ireland has profited enormously from being part of the EU. I also cannot see how a rump UK will be able to defend a permanent seat on the UN security council, if it just represent some 50 million people. India represents 1.2 billion people…
    In summary, the fair thing to do would be to have a second referendum now on the leave treaty negotiated by Theresa May with the EU. Voting YES would mean leaving the EU, voting NO would keep the UK in the EU. May’s refusal to call for a second referendum was her big strategical mistake. It costed her ultimately the premiership. Boris Johnson will be facing the same situation. It remains to see whether he will be smarter…..

    • kamtanblog  On July 27, 2019 at 9:05 am

      Nice one..
      Bojo will be “different” not necessarily
      “Smarter”… maybe more corrupt.
      At minimum he is 100% Brexit !

      We shall see

      Kamtan

  • kamtanblog  On July 27, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Sorry a very “long winded” and shallow
    analysis of Brexit. BEXIT means exit the EU
    undemocratic Union…managed by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels. EU is a dream
    that has become a nightmare.
    In a way “economic union” is what
    in reality it is …with its protectionist policy.
    Not unlike what USA has now become.
    UK wishes to trade with ROW on WTO
    rules not EU or USA or BRICS or OPEC.
    Or any other rules. “Free and fair” trade
    with no protectionist tax or tariffs.
    Not unlike tax havens of the planet.
    UKPLC wishes to become a little Switzerland.
    Do deals with the devil if both benefits.
    With Bojo and Trumpy in charge it looks
    like we are heading for a match made in
    heaven.
    Another trading block USAUK.
    Brexit voters wished for independence
    what they are receiving 3 years later “inter-dependence” ?
    All future elections should introduce compulsory voting if democracy is to be
    seen as “in principle and practice”.
    OZ seems to have proved compulsory voting as best way forward. Fines for those who choose not to vote and it also funds the elections.
    Forever the optimist
    Interesting times !

    Kamtan

  • Clyde Duncan  On July 27, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Jacob Rees-Mogg Admits We May NOT Brexit on October 31st

    Jonathon Read | The New European

    Arch-Brexiteer Rees-Mogg, who now sits within Johnson’s cabinet, said he was “as confident as anybody can be” that the prime minister’s pledge to leave on October 31st “do or die” would be met.

    But the leader of the House of Commons refused to rule out another delay as we have witnessed previously with the March 29th deadline.

    Asked if he was “100% confident” about the October 31st deadline by talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, he said: “It is the law that we leave and the only means of stopping that without a change of the law or a vote of confidence, is if the prime minister himself decides to change the date, and I’m absolutely confident that will not happen.”

    But he admitted the actions of parliament could still prevent it from happening.

    “Can I guarantee that there won’t be a vote of confidence? No, of course I can’t. Nobody can ever do that, but it seems highly unlikely.”

    However, he added: “All the law that we need to leave on October 31 is in place, so there’s no more legislation needed.”

    Rees-Mogg again blamed “well-known Remainers” in parliament who “believe that their views are more important than the 17.4 million people who voted in the referendum to leave the European Union.”

  • Clyde Duncan  On July 27, 2019 at 6:22 am

    It is Time for Remainers to Reclaim the Union Flag from the Brexiteers

    Mitch Benn | The New European

    There’s just over a week to go before I head up to Edinburgh to perform my show Ten Songs To Save The World at the Festival Fringe (Underbelly, 3.45pm, in case you were wondering, and indeed in case you weren’t). This has of course buried me in deadlines, as everything becomes hyper-urgent and last-minute, from booking accommodation (ouch) to ordering merchandise, posting online adverts and, oh yeah, writing the show.

    This flurry of panicked activity has coincided with another burst of rallies organised by the good folk at People’s Vote campaign, which they’ve been kind enough to ask me to host.

    I do enjoy these occasions. Partly it’s the feeling of satisfaction at ‘doing my bit’ for the Remain cause; like, I imagine, many of you I’m uncomfortably aware of the fact that I didn’t really do a damn thing before the 2016 referendum and even if this current effort is doomed to fail I’d at least like to be able to look back and think I pulled my weight this time.

    Another benefit is that I get to meet some fascinating people; ‘headlining’ the last rally in Derby we had heavyweights from Labour and the Conservative Party:

    Margaret Beckett and Michael Heseltine, demonstrating how concern about the Brexit crisis has not so much crossed party lines as erased them altogether.

    But most of all what I love about these rallies is the hope. The optimism, the belief that however this current idiocy resolves itself, something good has been born out of it. A new, passionate, unashamed and unapologetic pro-European movement.

    It’s been joyous getting out in front of those crowds, encouraging them to wave their little plastic flags. Their little plastic UNION flags.

    I’ve been thinking about the Union Flag a lot just lately (you’ll forgive me if I observe the slightly twee tradition of only referring to it as the ‘Union Jack’ when it’s flown from a ship, but, as I recounted last week, I’ve had a few naval traditions drummed into me recently) and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time that we Remainers reclaimed that flag, and the whole concept of British patriotism, from the hardcore Brexiteers.

    As I pointed out last week in a YouTube video which ‘went viral’ (ie. it got up a lot of people’s noses) not only are the Brexiteers not, as they believe, the only true British patriots, they’re NOT British patriots at all.

    Those who voted Leave in 2016 did so for all sorts of reasons, their own varying definitions of ‘patriotism’ being, I’ve no doubt, uppermost in the minds of many.

    But those who continue to bang the Brexit drum in 2019, after all we’ve seen, after all we’ve learned, can make no such claim. Whatever fuels Brexit fever today, IT IS NOT PATRIOTISM.

    A patriot wants their country to flourish and thrive; the Brexiteers’ current position, as reaffirmed by opinion poll after opinion poll, is that they don’t give a damn what happens to their country as long as they get what they want.

    The economy, the NHS, their own children’s future, all of these can go hang, say the Brexiteers, as long as they get what they want.

    Even the Union itself; Scotland can naff off and Northern Ireland too, say the Brexiteers, as long as they get what they want.

    And yet still they wrap themselves in the flag – the Union Flag, the flag of the Union – while cheerfully announcing that they don’t care if the Union survives, as long as they get what they want.

    And the Union Flag is not their flag anymore. We Remainers aren’t just reclaiming it; it’s our exclusive property now.

    You don’t get to wave the flag of a Union you’re in the process of trying to break up in pursuit of your petty fantasies. We’re the patriots now; the ones trying to save the country from this madness.

    And yes, I may be of the opinion that Scottish independence is all but inevitable, but if it’s going to happen one day then let’s split amicably and cordially, rather than have the Scots break away for the sake of their own sanity.

    So if you manage to attend any of the People’s Vote rallies coming up over the summer, or if you make it down to London on October 12 for the march which may be our ‘last stand’ (for now, anyway), wave the old red white and blue next to the ring o’ stars. There is not, nor has there ever been, any contradiction whatsoever between being a proud Brit and a proud European. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    We’re not the anti-democratic ones. We’re not the unpatriotic ones. And we’re not in the minority any more either.

    Resist!

  • Clyde Duncan  On July 27, 2019 at 6:27 am

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