In June 2016 the British people took the momentous decision to leave the European Union. They took this decision based on their true feelings and their belief, in my opinion, that the EU has gone way beyond its original remit and was now showing its true intent. Like me, I have no doubt, the vast majority of people that voted to Leave had been those same people that had hoped, for a very long time, that we would be given a choice in the matter. I know no one that was “persuaded” to leave by any form of propaganda, either negative or positive for the Leave campaign. I know one person who changed her mind from Remain to Leave after watching and listening to “Project Fear”. I know of one other person who remained undecided until quite close to the date of the referendum and then voted Remain because of peer pressure within the charity sector.
The Run Up
Throughout the early part of 2016 the choice we were offered was clear. We were being given the choice to remain in the EU or to leave it. This leaving would be, we were told, unequivocal and final. We would have to endure two years of “transition” once Article 50 was enacted. During this time we might be compelled to continue to contribute to budgets and to accept the EU rules, we would though still have a say and we would still, crucially, have a veto in major matters. Although somewhat unpalatable, as right minded people we reluctantly accepted this condition. As an ostensibly free nation, we would also have the choice, should the EU decided to play hard ball, to walk away from the whole corrupt, sclerotic, rotten edifice.
The government (apart from a hundred or so notable exceptions), it’s lackeys, the majority of the opposition in parliament, the Bank of England, the ABBC, the majority of the rest of the Main Stream Media, The IMF, The Central European Bank, the Globalist hegemony, a very vocal gaggle of failed politicians and political advisers, “the liberal elite” en masse, the “artistic community”, many big names in the “City”, various high flying business leaders, The President of the United States along with other world leaders, The SNP and others far too numerous to mention here gathered their forces and, in a bout of lying and misinforming of the nation that Josef Goebbels would have proud of set out to convince the people of this country that a vote to leave would be a complete and unmitigated disaster. They spent many millions of pounds in their efforts to achieve their goal.
Project Fear for all its money and for all its supposed knowledgeable gravitas was an abject failure, it may have frightened some people into believing that the price for leaving was too high but what it actually did, in my opinion, was backfire spectacularly. It hardened the resolve of committed leave voters and, quite possibly, encouraged others who could see it for exactly what it was to vote leave, an epic fail.
Leave had Nigel Farage (who had made it his life’s work to bring about a referendum), Boris Johnson, a fair-weather friend if ever there was one, a far from inspiring UKIP leader who tried hard but missed the mark, a small contingent of very committed Labour politicians of unimpeachable integrity, James Dyson, the man from Wetherspoons, Lord Digby Jones, a small contingent of political journalists and commentators from across the political divide, a red bus and a lot of belief.
Debates, heavily stacked against leave came and went, Project Fear became more hysterical by the hour, or so it appeared, Jo Cox (who?) died and her husband wasted no time in placing the cause of her death at the hands of the leave campaign. David Cameron promised that if, as he fervently hoped, we voted to remain he would make it his life’s work to bring about the reforms in the EU that leavers were so passionate about.
Looking back on all this now it seems pretty clear to me that if emotion, propaganda, fear mongering on either side of the debate or dirty tricks were to influence the outcome of the referendum then remain would have achieved a landslide. The remain camp must have thought much the same and it must have been quietly confident that the referendum result would go its way. After a week or two of sour grape leave voter whinging the status quo would be restored, even deeper integration with the EU would continue apace and all the self righteous pricks that had campaigned for remain would say “I told you so”. It didn’t quite turn out the way they expected though.
When David Dimbleby made his pronouncement that leave had won the referendum I had a moment of disbelief, followed very quickly by a sense of high elation. The majority, although not overwhelming, was clear, with more than 2 million people voting to leave over those that voted to remain. Here we go, I thought. Article 50 instigated, a bit of backwards and forwards negotiation, admittedly several more billion fed into the EU coffers that I didn’t agree with and we’ll be out, at the latest by the end of 2018.
Borders reinstated, free movement halted and immigration properly managed, check.
A citizen’s bill of rights, a sovereign parliament, freedom to rebuild our standing within a resurgent and growing Commonwealth, check.
The end of the Common Fisheries Policy which had contributed so adversely to our coastal towns and villages, check.
Freedom from the threat of vassal statehood within an EU super state, check.
All these thoughts and many more went through my mind as I contemplated the prospect of Great Britain becoming once again a country that would stand or fall by its own efforts. A country that would spend its money on looking after its own people, educating its youngsters, caring for its sick and elderly and turning its face towards the world outside the EU whilst, at the same time, retaining and building on its relationships with Europe. I even envisaged, rather grandiosely, us leading other disaffected countries out of the EU and towards a looser, more beneficial relationship for all.
I couldn’t have been more wrong and we now, almost two years after voting to leave the EU, are no closer than we were on the day before the referendum. Cameron, a weak sister if there ever was one, fell on his sword and after more dirty tricks an arch remainer was installed in his place. Osborne was sacked and replaced by another arch remainer in Hammond. The Bank of England, taking Project Fear to the limit, disastrously cut interest rates to forestall a deep recession that was never going to happen. Remain continued to campaign and does so to this day, blind to the fact that a “once in a generation” decision had been taken and the only clear way for it to start off on the right foot was for the whole country to get behind the result and show a united front to the EU. The EU on the other hand, emboldened by the fact that we appeared to be divided and weakly led started to flex its not inconsiderable muscle.
We could and should have walked away, but we didn’t. Article 50 took nearly 10 months to instigate during which time Michel Barnier and his team ran rings around our “Brexit” negotiating team. Huge amounts of money were mooted as a divorce bill and not once did anyone stand up and say “We will not pay any kind of settlement until all accounts have been verified and we know what assets we are entitled to a share of”. At least though we had a date for our actually leaving, March 29 th 2019 would be the day that we finally threw off the shackles and started to get on with planning the rest of our history, unencumbered by this regressive, cumbersome, corrupt behemoth of an organisation.
Here we are then, one year away from leaving the EU but, in reality, no closer to the dream than we have ever been. We find ourselves tied into an extended transition period which puts us at a clear disadvantage not only with the remaining EU countries but with the rest of the world. This is a world that is champing at the bit to do business with us free from protectionist and restrictive EU regulation.
We are nowhere near reclaiming our fishing grounds, one of the “red lines” in many peoples’ minds. I don’t believe that we ever will reclaim them because the people that should be ensuring that we do have neither the will, the intelligence nor the motivation to ensure it happens.
Free movement continues apace and our health, education and other essential services continue to suffer as a result. “Refugees” continue to arrive on our shores, legally and illegally, at least some of them bent on causing us harm.
As if our judiciary weren’t already steeped in common purpose ideals and “liberal” woolly victim biased thinking we will be subject to the rulings of the European court for the foreseeable future.
The transition period will continue until at least 2021 and there is little doubt in my mind that this is not a fixed date.
Remain, funded by some of the wealthiest people in the world, continues to employ Project Fear while, at the same time, inventing more and more bizarre ways to discredit the Leave campaign and to pour scorn on those “thick, parochial, racist, xenophobic northern monkeys” that had the temerity and the effrontery to vote in the “wrong” way.
Prominent remainers continue to lie about a “promise on the side of a bus”. Others continue, on an almost daily basis to insist that “people didn’t know what they were voting for”.
Calls for a second “once in a lifetime” referendum are regularly made in the media. Groups are forming with the express intention of ignoring the democratic will of the people. The irony of the fact that these groups are often led by democratically elected politicians doesn’t escape me.
Will we ever leave? An excellent question and one that can only be answered, I think, if you qualify what truly leaving means. My understanding is that (without wanting to sound like a clutz) leave meant leave, simple in theory, extremely complex, or so it would appear, in practice.
Personally I think we will leave but in leaving we will remain inextricably linked to the EU in ways that we never envisaged when we cast our vote. The only way we could have left completely was to have a government that wanted to instigate the will of the people and a nation strong enough and honest enough with itself to stand up for what was right rather than take the selfish view.
Those people that are driving the campaign for us to remain in the EU or to invalidate the result of the referendum or to, in any other way, make our leaving so much more difficult have a great deal to answer for. On the 5th of May 2022, if not before, the voters of this country will get the opportunity to have their say, again. I hope that the memory of how we are being ignored, manipulated, denigrated and marginalised stays at the forefront of people’s minds and, if the country isn’t torn apart by internal strife before then, they cast their votes accordingly.
© Coloniescross 2018