Rosie's Brexit Diary
16 December 2018
A few signs of hope
There are a few signs of hope:
The Remainers are starting to attack one another. This can only be a good thing! Theresa May told off Jean-Claude Junker for describing her as “nebulous” and other EU leaders have criticised her as well.
Some Remainers are beginning to say the right things (e.g.Jeremy Hunt, calling for a No Deal Brexit) even if we totally mistrust them - perhaps the threat of electoral wipeout still matters enough to them to pause them in their determination to ignore the will of the people.
Also Piers Morgan, the co-host of ITV's breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, has declared his support now for a No Deal Brexit, even though he voted Remain in the Referendum. He believes it is important for people to accept the democratic outcome, to implement it, and not to seek to overturn it.
The huge campaign for a second referendum (ludicrously termed “The People’s Vote”) and which claims to be neutral and merely wanting democracy to be expressed - has been unmasked as purely a tactic to Remain. https://www.google.com/search?q=sunday+telegraph+peoples+vote+remain&oq=sunday+telegraph+peoples+vote+remain&aqs=chrome..69i57.10629j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Senior members of the Conservative Party are also speaking out against it, calling Gavin Barwell and David Lidington (Theresa May's chief of staff and her de-facto deputy, who are laying plans for it) "completely insane".
Theresa May has publicly ruled out a second referendum - but as we all know by now, this probably means she is intending to go ahead with it.
Paddy Ashdown is campaigning for this “People’s Vote”. Here is what he said just before the referendum:
"I will forgive no one who does not respect the sovereign voice of the British people once it has spoken. Whether it is a majority of one per cent or twenty
per cent, when the British people has spoken you do what they command. Either you believe in democracy or you don't."
John Major is also campaigning for this “People’s Vote”. Here is what he said just before the referendum:
"There will not be another referendum on Europe. This is it."
EU President Jean-Claude Juncker is more honest in his contempt for the voters. Prior to the referendums in France and the Netherlands on the EU constitution he said:
"If it's a Yes we say "On we go" and if it's a No we will say "We continue."
It was a No in both cases. So the EU changed the name of the document from "Constitution" to "Treaty".... and a thing called a “treaty” does not require a referendum even though, like the Treaty of Lisbon, it may radically change our nation and our lives for ever.
Youngsters who have been subject to years of propaganda from teachers, lecturers and the mass media are beginning to see through the blatant scare-mongering, and the extraordinary handing over of Northern Ireland to the EU has caught their attention and sympathy. The DUP has excellent speakers including Arlene Forster, Nigel Dodds and Sammy Wilson - their horrendous experiences during The Troubles and determination to remain a part of Great Britain, merely to be tossed on one side by Theresa May, is both heart-breaking and breath-taking.
The people are standing firm in their determination to see their democratic decision of June 2016 enacted while the EU continue to completely misunderstand the British people. The EU expects British people to give way just as have other nations who voted against some aspect of the EU. One reason is our first-past-the-post voting system which, for all its faults, means that usually one party gets a majority and we can expect to hold them to their election manifesto.
In France there has been extensive rioting for over a month by people angry with the EU and with the French President. France has a long history of making major changes to the political scene achieved by street riots. Today about 75 per cent of the population agrees with or sympathizes with the protesters, Gilets Jaunes (the "yellow vests").
Emmanuel Macron has put himself forward as the saviour of a faltering EU and he aimed to push through full fiscal union throughout the Eurozone. To be credible he needed to reform France first, but instead he has given in to the riots with large handouts of money. For those of us who fear a unified Europe under the EU this is very good news. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/12/11/macrons-credibility-shattered-france-joins-italy-budget-disgrace/
Our President, our unelected EU President Jean-Claude Junker, has been behaving in a grotesque manner. The BBC made this remark on their online news channel:
“16:38 14 Dec
Senior EU staffer's hair ruffled by Juncker. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was filmed enthusiastically ruffling the hair of a woman at the summit today. BBC colleagues in Brussels managed to identify her as Pernilla Sjölin, deputy head of protocol at the European Commission. So she is part of Mr Juncker's large team.”
The Guardian, The Times and The Independent ignored it altogether [Just IMAGINE their reaction if Donald Trump had behaved like this!!!] but The Evening Standard and the Daily Mail both reported it, as well as The Daily Express and The Telegraph. Check out the looks on the faces of the people watching in this clip from The Sun: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/brexit/7981345/bizarre-footage-shows-the-man-holding-uk-hostage-ruffle-womans-hair-as-he-arrives-for-crunch-brussels-talks/
There is more discussion about the role of our Queen in this constitutional crisis.
Of course, it is hugely disappointing that she has sat by and watched our once-great nation fall into disgrace - nonetheless she still is hugely influential and if she would speak out it would have more impact than anything else I can imagine.
What to do:
Keep talking to anyone you know who might be uncertain, or having second thoughts about the EU, on whether it really is a good thing or not.
Write to Her Majesty the Queen.
Brexit concerns the very governance of the UK.
Should our laws, rules and regulations be made by politicians elected by, and responsible to, the UK electorate? Or should we defer these matters to the European Union? For this reason Brexit is a constitutional, rather than a political issue.
However, in order to satisfy their own personal agenda(s), our political class have taken it upon themselves to politicise what is a constitutional matter.
The result of the referendum was that the country voted Leave, but a vocal minority, the Remain side, refuse to accept the result and are doing everything they can to reverse, delay or water down the result of the referendum. As we approach 'Brexit Day' (29 March 2019) this political impasse is rapidly becoming a full-out constitutional crisis.
I believe that politicians should stand aside. Now may be the time for our Constitutional Monarch, HM Queen Elizabeth II, to 'knock a few heads together' and, if necessary, force Parliament(s) to implement the Leave mandate in order to avert a grave constitutional crisis. There is a little used constitutional prerogative which allows her to do just this:
Quote: "5. The Queen's constitutional prerogatives are the personal discretionary powers which remain in the Sovereign's hands. They include the rights to advise, encourage and warn Ministers in private; to appoint the Prime Minister and other Ministers; to assent to legislation; to prorogue or to dissolve Parliament; and (in grave constitutional crisis) to act contrary to or without Ministerial advice. In ordinary circumstances The Queen, as a constitutional monarch, accepts Ministerial advice about the use of these powers if it is available, whether she personally agrees with that advice or not. That constitutional position ensures that Ministers take responsibility for the use of the powers."
The Remain side have no right to delay, sabotage or water down the referendum result; they should, instead, in the interests of the whole country, help implement it to the best of their ability.
If the result is overturned, how can we expect people to ever trust the democratic process again?
If, due to Mrs May's poor leadership, some sort of fudge results then it will be a poor day for our democracy.
For our democracy requires more than a free and open press, more even than universal suffrage. In the final analysis our democratic system depends on one very simple precept. That, after a democratic vote, the losing side must accept the result.
Once we have left the European Union, it is entirely reasonable that those on the Remain side campaign to rejoin. But in order to do so, they should first fight, and win, a General Election under 'Hold a referendum to rejoin the European Union' on their Manifesto. And then they should fight, and win, a future referendum on the matter.
I believe we should simply leave the EU on 29 March 2019 as per the referendum result, already enacted into law by the 2017 European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act. I believe all appropriate EU laws have already been incorporated into British law.
I believe there is no legal or historical precedent obliging the UK to pay any 'divorce bill'. I believe that after leaving the EU, we can then start our trade negotiations, as per established legal precedents.
Perhaps the Daily Telegraph should investigate the possibility of invoking clause 61 of the Magna Carta (last used in 1688) by asking its readers to petition HM the Queen in order to ask her to implement the result of the referendum on 29 March 2019.