Talks between the Conservatives and Labour over a cross-party Brexit deal have just ended.
Without that deal!
And there’s just a week to go before the European elections that weren’t meant to happen.
Indeed, the country’s two main political parties wish they weren’t happening.
Theresa May has successfully managed to shatter the Conservative Party asunder. While the Tories have historically been great pragmatists when it comes to winning elections, one wonders if the current divisions are now so deep that they can never be repaired.
And as for Labour: Jeremy Corbyn’s willingness to say absolutely anything simply to get elected as PM (like that would help the county at the moment?) isn’t exactly working either.
Apart from the fringe parties, the only grouping that’s looking forward to next week’s polls with real enthusiasm is the new Brexit Party and its leader Nigel Farage. In terms of political support, this has to be one of the most amazing stories of all time. Amid rumours that Brexit may be cancelled by our so-called leaders, the current betting market odds suggest that the Brexit Party has a more than 90% chance of winning the most seats!
If you’ve been reading our UK Uncensored and Brexit Watch articles, you’ll probably be pleased to see the support the BP is receiving – most of our readers are self-confessed Brexiteers.
But not all. And my job is to provide a platform for all our subscribers.
‘H’ sums up several of the sentiments felt by Remainers:
“I think you only get leavers sending in emails because your articles in the past have been (unless I’m very much mistaken) very leaver-orientated”, he says, “so you have a leaver audience (same thing as people only buying the newspapers which print what they want to read)”.
“I disapprove of around 40% of what the EU does, so voted remain on the strength of the 60% which I have no quarrel with. I haven’t had a 60% approval of any of the UK governments since the time of the Heath government nearly 50 years ago.”
“Leavers disagree with each other as to why we should go. There seem to be two main beefs – austerity and immigration. Many Leavers also don’t want a European (German?) army or to comply with the European Court. Others believe ‘we were doing alright before we joined’. This usually comes from the very people who wanted to join the (admittedly very different) Common Market and who conveniently forget the miners’ strike, the 3-day week and the rubbish piled up in our streets.”
“Many simply say that we voted to leave, so that’s what we should do. But I seriously question how much thought they actually put into this. In terms of suggestions, the two best I’ve encountered are either just leave, pay no bills, and see what happens for a few years, or to remain and simply ignore any of the rules which we don’t like (the French/Greek/Italian and others’ option).”
“Since the Brexit vote, I understand that around 2m of (mainly ‘Leave’) older voters have now passed away, and presumably a similar number of new young voters (mainly wishing to remain) have joined the electoral register. One wonders what the current ‘democratic vote’ situation would be now.”
We tried to keep our editorial impartial in its Brexit stance. Though I would own up to a long-standing and massive distrust of our country’s political class in general (it already had form – remember the expenses scandal of a few years ago?) After this year’s shenanigans in Parliament, I’m sure that many others now share my view on this subject.
“I won’t comment on our government’s pathetic efforts at the withdrawal for two reasons. Firstly, you wouldn’t print it and secondly, I would be sued for defamation..!” says PG (don’t worry, that’ll remain our secret!) “I wouldn’t go as far as saying that, following Britain’s departure, the EU will be calling us with ‘begging bowls’, but it will still be very keen to trade with the UK.”
“If a UK company and a EU firm want to do business with each other, they will find a way to do so and won’t let a bunch of bureaucrats sitting in their ivory towers in Brussels stop them! Trade and industry provides wealth and income, so when these start to dry up, politicians start to panic.”
“I also agree in broad terms about the long-term aims of the European Union. Our continued membership of the EU will lead us eventually into being just a minor state in the UGSE – United [Germanic] States of Europe. Not somewhere I want to be.”
And similar thoughts here… “I hope Leave MEPs of whatever colour come out on top”, says ‘A’. “Our politicians and so-called ‘elite’ civil service need to learn a very strong lesson on what happens if you ignore democracy.”
“I am fed up with hearing that we didn’t know what we voted for. We did – and it was to get out completely, as David Cameron so succinctly said when he announced the referendum.
“We once survived perfectly well without being part of the EU. But after we joined the Common Market, I remember struggling each week to provide food for my young family because prices shot up when we lost cheap Commonwealth food like New Zealand Lamb. We were fooled by Ted Heath into thinking the EU was only about markets, yet each government has since taken us further into a political entity for which we didn’t vote.”
“I have waited 40+ years to rectify that and along with many other voters will not accept having our sovereignty and democracy taken from us. If we dump our Commonwealth partners again, they will never forgive us. If we do not leave, I am very much afraid that it will lead to civil strife on a scale that we have never experienced before, because what else can ordinary people do to protest?”
But surely Parliament wouldn’t dare to cancel Brexit without democratic consent?
In fact, the following that breakdown of cross-party talks, betting markets suggest that the odds of Article 50 being revoked by Parliament have just surged to their highest-ever levels of more around 34%!
Which is another sign that we should never trust politicians – and never ever say never.
How will this all play out? Thanks for your comments… and please keep sending them to us on firstname.lastname@example.org