On Thursday, after handing another humiliating defeat to Prime Minister, Theresa May, Parliament effectively closed and locked the door on her and threw away the key. The defeat for May, at the hands of her own party, is the worst of all possible political worlds.
Parliament threw Prime Minister Theresa May to the wolves on Thursday, when it resoundingly voted down the no-deal Brexit option for Britain’s departure from the European Union. The vote, effectively delays and forestalls any likelihood of exiting the EU, thereby thwarting the will of the British electorate, who voted to rid themselves from the suffocating and oppressive yoke of the technocratic and unaccountable administrative supra-state in Brussels.
From the beginning of her tenure in office, May was irresolute about dealing with the Brexit implementation in an unequivocal manner. Her own Conservative party was split between Eurosceptics and hard-line Anti-Brexiteers, who were only too happy to forestall the day of separation.
In the wake of May’s total defeat, it appears that the Anti-Brexiteers have carried the day, as the likelihood of holding a second referendum increases substantially, which was the desired outcome of Brexit opponents all along. Roger Kimball is correct when he asks, “I wonder whether, like the Lisbon Treaty — the instrument through which the EU in its current form was created — the people will be presented with referenda repeatedly until they vote the ‘right’ way.”
Holding repeated plebiscites on an issue until the desired result is achieved, seems to be the preferred manner in which Eurocrat political elites prefer to govern.
The choices for May now are forcing a second vote on the issue of remain or leave, resigning or seeking another extension of time to complete another deal with EU members that would be acceptable to her unruly bloc in Parliament.
The reality is that the EU is in the driver’s seat. May long ago squandered her opportunity for securing an exit deal that would have been more palatable to the constituency she needed to keep on board. The EU has previously indicated that no further substantive concessions needed for placating members of May’s party would be forthcoming.
The result of Thursday’s vote is additional uncertainty, political chaos as well as considerable rancor at the success of British political elites in defeating the will of the electorate.
Brendan O’Neill, writing in the Spectator USA, captured the prevailing sentiments of many when he wrote,
“And the blunt fact is this: Britain’s parliamentarians are in revolt against the electorate. They are defying the demos. They are pursuing a coup, albeit a bloodless one, against the public. This is what last night’s votes against a no- deal Brexit reveal: that our representatives now refuse to represent us.”
O’Neill correctly contends that all the Parliamentary procedural shuffles, the delays, obfuscation and dilatory tactics of the Anti-Brexiteers, amount to a bloodless coup that has in effect overturned the results of a democratic referendum,
And the blunt fact is this: Britain’s parliamentarians are in revolt against the electorate. They are defying the demos. They are pursuing a coup, albeit a bloodless one, against the public. This is what last night’s votes against a no- deal Brexit reveal: that our representatives now refuse to represent us,
“And so they thwart Brexit. We are living through something extraordinary: a slow-motion assassination of the people’s will. Bit by bit, blow by blow, motion by motion, the largest democratic vote in British history is slain. No soft Brexit, no hard Brexit, definitely no no-deal Brexit. For God’s sake just say it: No Brexit.”
Amidst all the subterfuge, the haughty expressions of disdain for the ignorance of the voters, O’Neill pleads with those who have been trying to kill the measure from the start, to admit their intention all along was to circumscribe the will of the uninformed masses,
“What I wouldn’t give for some honesty. I would cheer the politician who stood up and said, ‘I will block Brexit because I think it is a pig- ignorant idea voted for by pig-ignorant people’, because at least then the truth would be out, naked and disturbing.”
Politicians however, never reveal their true intentions. That is as true in Great Britain as it is in the United States.