I have just listened to Mrs May the United Kingdom Prime Minister – seriously contrary to popular belief we do have a Prime Minister and it isn’t Boris Johnston – give a speech that apparently was designed to make it clear what the UK would expect from its Brexit negotiations.
Now I won’t go into detail about the speech for the very simple reason that I still don’t know what the UK negotiating position is apart from ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and we will not get everything we want or were promised by the Brexiteers.
As a digression why do we call the likes of Johnston, Fox, Davies and Leadsom Brexiteers?
I was brought up reading the Alexandre Dumas classic adventure The Three Musketeers with the famous motto “All for One and One for All” whereas the Brexit Brexiteers motto is “All for One and That One is Me”
So what should we call them?
That doesn’t involve the use of an Anglo Saxon curse word?
Perhaps a more appropriate name would be ‘Brexitextremists’
I’ll park the problem here for the time being and return to the subject.
You would think – or at least anyone with any common sense would – that Theresa May representing a Conservative Party who have constantly for over 40 years complained about the UK joining with the Nations of Europe would during that time managed to have a plan for leaving if it ever arose.
And now that it has been over a year since the European Referendum it would be right to wonder why they still hasn’t a clear and coherent plan.
I know a lot of people who actually voted to Leave the European Union – and no they are not all xenophobic racists – who all have one thing in common.
They really believed that David Cameron and the Conservatives called the referendum having worked out two plans, one for if the electorate decided to Remain and one if – as they did – decided to Leave.
The fact that they clearly didn’t has annoyed even the most ardent of Leave supporters I know to the extent that if a referendum was held now I’m pretty certain the majority of them would now ‘rebel’ and vote to Remain.
This of course in the eyes of the Conservative Government would make them along with the 15.8 million who voted to Remain in the EU referendum ‘traitors’.
It’s to be hoped the country doesn’t go to war with almost 16 million ‘traitors’ living openly amongst us.
Perhaps though the lack of a plan and the reputation of being probably the most dishonest politicians the nation has ever known is the reason they – the devout Brexiteers – just like their chief ally Nigel Farage – are absolutely against giving the people the opportunity to vote again on the Brexit negotiations.
All we do know is that Mrs May and her cabal are very careful not to reveal the enormous amount of money the Nations collective insanity is costing us all.
Let’s just say it is definitely more than the much vaunted £350m a week that the Brexiteers displayed on the side of a bus.
I don’t know if Brexit is going to go ahead but one thing is certain being called a ‘traitor’ will not deter those who want to Remain from continuing to campaign for it and by extension campaign against those who want to Leave.
Whether you agree with them or not it is their right in the UK democratic system to continue to campaign for what they believe and against what they don’t believe it is what happens continuously between General Elections – we call it the democratic opposition – so why on earth is it wrong to condemn those who are doing the same over Brexit.
It makes no sense yet Mrs May in her speech once again reiterated that it is a problem by saying the “whole country should come together and get behind Brexit” which would be an acceptable call if the country was at war.
The one positive thing that we can at least hope will come from the whole Brexit issue is that there will increased interest in the political system and encourage more people – especially young people – to vote.
Now that would certainly shake up the system – and not before time.
Perhaps the shake up will lead to an overhaul of our obsolete electoral system with the first past the post system that invariably results in the farce of watching two political parties playing ‘mock scoff and throw buns shouting at each other’ politics that currently exists in the House of Commons being replaced with a proportional representation system.
At the very least proportional representation or a hybrid proportional representation system will achieve two aims.
The first is that every person who is entitled to vote will know that their vote will be counted and does count and the second is that Parliament will be truly representative of those who vote.
It will never happen with the Conservatives in Government so in the real world the only hope for it being introduced would be with Labour either forming the Government or at the very last Labour being the largest party and in coalition with a party who make it a condition of the coalition.
Surely with the problems facing the United Kingdom not only with Brexit we need a truly representative Government in which political parties work together for the benefit of the population as a whole and not simply a wealthy – and self entitled – minority of those who control the banks and media.
Only then perhaps will we be able to address the issues of homelessness, poverty, poor and shortage of housing, employment, a failing national infrastructure, world climate change, pollution and the protection of the National Health Service.
It may also address the issue of how and therefore preventing individuals and companies avoiding paying the level of tax they should by salting it away or channelling it through “off shore” accounts.
It isn’t only through co-operation between our Government representatives that this would be possible to achieve in fact I would go as far as saying that on our own it would be impossible.
Which brings me back to the paucity of detail in the Mrs May speech about the isolationist impact of Brexit on the UK at exactly the same time as nations across the world are forming themselves into economic trading blocks to address the problems facing all nations.
They may as individual countries not be able to convince enough of the others to work with them to address the issues but recognise that working within a structured trading system the chances are markedly increased.
As a member of the European Union we are currently a member of one of the most influential blocs in the world.
“Taking back control” may sound great to the committed “Brexitextremists” in much the same way “Make America Great Again” as a sound bite sounded great to the Trump and Republican supporters in the USA.
Except of course as we have seen in the past 24 hours taking isolationist decisions – Trump decision to impose huge tariffs on imported steel and aluminium – has seen the Dow Jones Index fall and the FTSE 100 fall to its lowest level for fourteen months.
Could Britain post – Brexit take actions to mitigate the impact of the USA tariffs decision on its own as opposed to the action that the European Union can take as a major trading bloc?
The simple answer is they couldn’t.
Which of course is the argument of the Remain supporters who will say that the UK as a member of the EU can always get a better trade deal and could combat the isolationist policies of the USA and China in any World Trade War.
All they would have to do is revoke Article 50.
Which as we now clearly know they are too frightened to do.
So it will not happen and anyway who is to say the other European Union Countries – given the way the “Brexiextremists” have talked about how much of a burden they are on the United Kingdom – would welcome a request to cancel Article 50.
In the words of Private Fraser in the television series Dads Army it very much looks as if the motto for the United Kingdom is now –
“We’re all doomed”