The Royal Assent was given to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act earlier this week, meaning that it is confirmed that we are leaving the EU in March next year.
But are we?
The last few weeks have been dominated by manoeuvring, backroom deals and uncertainty.
Theresa May apparently gave ‘assurances’ to Remain-supporting Tory MPs that she would give them a ‘soft’ Brexit, MPs who have since been critical of the vote that stops them having a say on the final deal.
Some media outlets have been reporting that a compromise has been made where speaker Bercow can decide whether the Government needs to go back to the House in the event of a deal that doesn’t match what he wants – why so much influence would be vested in this pompous Popinjay, a Remain supporter as seen by his vehicle stickers, is beyond me.
Labour are all over the place, an opposition that fears taking a stand either way for fear of upsetting their Remain-supporting intelligentsia in the South and their Leave-supporting core base in the North, not to mention their major donor, the Unite Union, who are solidly behind Remain.
The ‘principled’ Jeremy Corbyn, an outspoken critic of the EU when a backbencher, has been a passive Remainer since before the Referendum in an attempt to put party unity before country.
One day they are saying we must leave the Single Market and Customs Union, the next they are not ruling out a further referendum.
This morning we saw Tory minister Greg Clark on Sky’s Sophy Ridge show state that a ‘transition period’ could extend beyond 2021 if the ‘evidence’ changes – a transition period that is merely a way of delaying Brexit until the Remain element can carry on their new version of Project Fear and either keep us in the EU by stealth (BRINO) or reverse the referendum result completely.
This whole farce is further evidence that the establishment in this country do not respect the voice of the British people who voted to leave in 2016, but it is hardly surprising. In his book, ‘The Road to Freedom’ which was published before the Referendum was even a possibility, UKIP leader Gerard Batten MEP predicted just such a response from the ruling class if we went down the road of triggering Article 50 after a successful campaign to get ourselves out of the EU.
Whilst we are officially leaving the EU, the ‘transition period’ is just what the powers that be want to try to get a second bite of the cherry – after all, the Irish were made to vote again after a referendum went against the Lisbon Treaty and the French and Dutch were ignored after votes against the EU constitution. (They just changed the name and whacked it through without a vote).
Any attempt to bring ‘the deal’ back to the House will only weaken our hand in negotiations – after all, if Barnier and the Brussels negotiating team know that offering a bad deal will bring the UK back to the table and delay Brexit then they have no incentive to offer us anything like what we are looking for.
It’s not over yet.
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