In an historic referendum on June 23, 2016 a majority of British citizens voted to Leave the European Union, and the ruling Conservative Party of the United Kingdom agreed to carry out the will of The People. So far, so good.
Theresa May was then appointed by the Conservative Party to be “The Brexit Prime Minister” and both the Conservative Party and the new Prime Minister promised that they would carry out the will of The People.
But then, they didn’t.
8-Days to go Until the Official Brexit Date of March 29, 2019
To be fair, there are still 8-days to go until the official Brexit date of March 29, 2019 and the UK could still conceivably Leave the EU on time — thereby allowing Theresa May and her Conservative Party to keep their promise to The People. At least, that’s the theory.
So, it’s important to note here that The People didn’t vote for a Withdrawal Agreement, nor did they vote for a Political Declaration, nor did they vote for a Joint Instrument. The People voted to Brexit, they didn’t vote for fancy-schmantzy political documents that seem unbelievably important to bureaucrats and politicians, but which appear to be meaningless drivel to the severely normal citizens of the UK and the EU.
Therefore, the onus is on UK and EU politicians to get the job done that they were hired to do, and to not allow their political games (or their trouble-causing political documents) to prevent the will of The People from being carried out as directed in the easy to understand 2016 referendum ballot question and subsequent vote result.
To put it simply; The will of The People trumps the bureaucratic and political machinations of UK and EU politicians, 100% of the time.
Why Do We Need a Brexit Extension Anyway?
Because. The. Politicians. Just. Couldn’t. Get. The. Job. Done.
Is anyone really surprised about this? I doubt it.
Today, with 8-days to go until the official Brexit date of March 29, 2019, the EU appears to have granted Theresa May’s request to extend the official Brexit date to May 22, 2019 (not to the June 30, 2019 that she was asking for) subsequent to the UK House of Commons passing the draft Withdrawal Agreement, and the non legally binding Political Declaration, and the (helpful in a minor way) Joint Instrument.
So, what have they been doing over the past 1001-days?
As of today’s date (March 21, 2019) it’s been 1001-days since Britons voted to Leave the European Union — and in all that time the politicians couldn’t come up with a way for the UK to Leave the EU and not have it break their own-chosen date of March 29, 2019.
It’s a damning indictment of politics in the 21st-century. There’s no other way to say it!
Let’s Compare Cultures, Shall We?
In any military culture, a failure to deliver on such a massive scale would result in the court-martial of everyone involved in this duster-cluck; And in any corporate culture, every CEO involved would’ve been fired at the 6th-month for non-performance, and likewise their replacements fired at each subsequent 6th-month interval for the same reason.
In any royal culture; Such Kings, Queens, Princes, etc., who would fail on such a massive scale would have their status severely downgraded among their peers within days or weeks.
Even in Hollywood, the land of milk and honey, punishment exists for massive failure:
- Let’s imagine for a moment that Theresa May, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk were hired on June 23, 2016 by the Academy Awards talent committee to host the Academy Awards on March 29, 2019.
- And then, let’s imagine that they were still negotiating (with each other) the lines that they would read while on stage, right up to mere hours ahead of the Academy Awards event.
- And then let’s imagine that all three of them emailed the Academy Awards talent committee mere hours before the event to inform them that they wouldn’t be ready to read their lines on March 29, 2019 — until May 22, 2019, or maybe later than that.
- Consequently, the Academy Awards would need to be suddenly cancelled and rescheduled to May 22, 2019, or maybe later than that.
- Or, suitable replacements to host the Academy Awards would need to be found, to allow the show to go on as originally scheduled.
- What do you think the response from the Academy Awards talent committee would be?
- What do you think the response from the television viewing public would be?
- Even in Hollywood, the land of good and bad actors, the land of debauchery (sometimes) and excess (always), the land of drama and the land of special effects — these people would be fired forever. (You’ll never work in this town again! etc.)
Only in political systems could humans exhibiting failure on such a massive scale survive and thrive.
It is to weep.
Having Painted Themselves Into a Corner; The Only Face-Saving Way Out of This Disaster is a WTO Brexit!
Maybe that’s what these politicians wanted all along, as the end result!
In that way (they hope) citizens on both sides would recoil in horror from the dreaded WTO-style Brexit.
Which makes it suspicious that these politicians and their friends have been doing everything they can and more to amp-up the fears surrounding a so-called ‘No Deal’ Brexit, which would allow these bad actors the political cover they need to cancel Brexit altogether. Which is, I suspect, what they wanted all along.
“The will of The People, be damned! We won’t be told (by voters) how to run OUR countries!”
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Written by John Brian Shannon
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