Whether you are a British citizen or a Martian, a leaver or a remainer, a dog or a cat, we can all agree on one thing: Brexit has been nothing other than a demonstration of the lack of democracy involved in party politics. As the U.K edges closer to judgement day, March 29th 2019, it seems that the people employed to run the country couldn’t be further from discovering the difference between their backsides and their bonces.
All too often we (the British public) are being confronted by an ever changing position for the metaphorical goalposts known as ‘the withdrawal agreement’. One minute the deal is dead, the next minute there’s a chance for an amendment. Occasionally there’s an article 24 clause and every other day we are going to be getting some unicorn of a WTO deal, which will allow us all to expel gold nuggets from our rear-ends and sail off into the sunset on a vessel kept afloat by our new found independence. One thing is clear from all of this: we are being deceived, repeatedly.
A little bit of background
Many of you reading this will remember the election campaign lead by the former British prime minister, David Cameron. In which he promised to give the nation a binary vote on EU membership. This was party politics at its finest. It was no secret that the austerity measures put in place by his previous coalition with the Lib-Dems had squeezed the nation’s poorest by the knackers, while his alignment with the Lib-Dems had caused die hard Conservatives to begin feeling that the party had deterred too far from their ideological roots, leading them to the doors of UKIP. At this point it was clear that the conservatives needed to promise something drastic in order to win a majority, regardless of the stance of their leader. Enter the EU vote.
David Cameron was very vocal about his belief that the UK should stay within the EU, as were many other members of his party at the time (most notably our current PM, Theresa May), thus offering the vote had to be no more than an attempt at playing the party politics game in order to remain in the hot seat. We all know how the rest of the story went: Tories won a majority government, the nation marginally voted to leave the EU and David Cameron resigned in a tantrum after realising the magnitude of the beast he created in order to win an election.
It is important to remember that, in his premiership prior (in which he had a minority government), he offered Scotland the opportunity to enjoy their own independence without mentioning the possibility of Britain leaving the EU. Had the people of Scotland, a region of the UK which voted 62% in favour of remaining source), have been aware of the possibility of leaving the EU they may well have voted to leave the UK. Had Scotland of left the UK under the Conservative watch it is very unlikely that they would have managed to retain their place in the houses of parliament.
Obviously, nobody can tell the future so it is unreasonable to expect that David Cameron knew the events which would unfold regarding the Brexit vote. However, it is fair to say that he knew the order in which he held the two referendums was pivotal to the longevity of the Conservatives.
What happened next?
From the big red bus of lies to the Cambridge Analytica Facebook manipulation it was clear that the people of Britain were no more than pawns in a nationwide game of political chess. The worrying part? Even after it was proven that the leave campaign had used underhand tactics, in order to persuade people to vote to leave the EU, nobody seemed to bat an eyelid.
There have been no real consequences for any single person who was involved in the manipulation of an entire nation. And now it seems that this very big factor is brushed under the rug when politicians are discussing possible solutions to Brexit.
So, what is the solution?
Those sections of society which are vehemently against a second people’s vote, citing it as undemocratic, are, generally speaking, the same people who want to crash out of the EU with no deal. These are the same people who, generally speaking, can afford the financial burden which may become present to the average British citizen. The fact of the matter is that a second vote is the only democratic solution to the Brexit argument.
Under UK consumer law, citizens of the UK are entitled to cancel a contract in the event there is evidence they were mislead on information which may have influenced their decision in either way. So, why is it not the same for a political referendum which, to be put bluntly, is far more important than buying a second hard car or new iPhone contract?
The people which are stating it to be undemocratic to have a second vote on the issue are simply scared of losing a second time round. But that would be democracy. People change their minds, people die and people get older. These three reasons alone justify a second vote after nearly 3 years of an absolute shit-show.
As a sign-off note I would like to leave some points for you to digest:
- Since the Brexit vote there has literally been millions of people which were not able to vote (due to their age) whereas they are now legally allowed to have a say.
- Since the Brexit vote there has been millions of deaths within the UK, many of whom will have voted for leave, many of whom will have voted remain. Their vote is no longer significant.
- Since the Brexit vote the British public has been forced to take a crash course in what EU membership means and are now much better placed to make an educated decision about their beliefs.
- Since the Brexit vote numerous ‘facts’ about the EU’s place in UK sovereignty have been proven to have been falsified.