A nation changing referendum with global reverberations

June 23rd 2016, was a day that will resonate in the annals of British history for a very long time. It was the day the British people firmly rejected the federalist ambitions of the corrupt European Union (EU), and voted to leave that 'nest of vipers' in a binding national referendum. The vote was close, 52% Leave and 48% Remain, and there were regional and national differences in voting percentages, but the majority UK wide decision carried the day. After forty years of creeping federalisation, unrestricted mass immigration and loss of sovereignty to the EU, the ordinary working people had simply had enough.

I will declare my hand here and say that I was firmly in the Leave camp. I could no longer tolerate the bully boy tactics of Brussels, the mass influx of migrants, and EU interference in our laws and governance. I was obviously not alone in that sentiment, but simply one outraged voice amongst many.

The EU referendum would not have taken place, if it had not been for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Since the formation of the party in 1991, UKIP have been the voice of dissent for those disillusioned by the Common Market, the EEC and its latest incarnation, the EU.

Under their leader Nigel Farage, the party capitalised on concerns about such matters as rising mass immigration, in particular amongst the struggling White British working class, who were being badly affected by it. This resulted in significant breakthroughs at the 2013 local elections and the 2014 European elections, where UKIP received the most votes. At the 2015 general election the party gained the third-largest vote share and one seat in the House of Commons, it was a tremendous result.

Nigel Farage

This momentum and continued success had the Tory government of David Cameron rattled, and to claw back lost ground he promised, many would say rashly, to give the electorate a binding referendum on EU membership, if the Conservative Party were returned to power at the General Election held on 7th May 2015. Cameron was seemingly convinced that any referendum would return a positive result for remaining within the European Union, it was to prove a major strategic error of judgment.

The Tories were duly returned to power, with the promise of an EU referendum being a significant attraction to many voters. The promise of a referendum was kept. There really was no choice to be honest, failure to do so would have been catastrophic for the Conservative Party, both internally and externally. Cameron scuttled off to the EU to try and squeeze some concessions out of Brussels, he returned in February 2016 with his tail between his legs and a fistful of worthless promises. His EU soiree had been a personal humiliation and a blow to his prestige, and the country knew it.

The Referendum

On the lead-up to the referendum, the Remain campaign was a lacklustre affair full or outrageous claims and dire warnings of impending doom and disaster, if the people of the UK voted to leave the EU. Many people did not take the campaign seriously and for good reason, it appeared to be hysterical and desperate, and came to be known as ‘project fear’. It became more of a comedy than a campaign, treated with derision by the press and public alike.

Cameron and his pro-EU Tory cohorts had seriously misjudged the mood of the nation, as had the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats. Only Nigel Farage and UKIP, and the more hard-line British National Party, appeared to have their finger on the pulse. The working class in particular were angry. They were sick and tired of the mass influx of cheap, exploitable labour from Eastern Europe, that had driven down wages and worsened working conditions. 

They were angry at the strain this put on the NHS, GP surgeries, schools and infrastructure, and the way it piled pressure on the already inadequate housing market, causing sharp increases in the cost of property, and in rentals. No country can plan ahead if it has no idea how many people it is planning for. Chaos is generally what results as a consequence, and that is precisely what happened in the UK.

The working class were tired of being told that the EU was good for them, when all they saw was bad news. The EU did nothing to prevent the abomination of zero hours contracts, mock self employment, exploitative Gangmasters or abuses in the workplace, as witnessed by the employment scandal at Sports Direct, an external article for which can be found here.

All this was a direct result of an endless flow of cheap, compliant foreign labour, that engendered in far too many bosses the mind-set of viewing their employee’s with utter contempt, and treating them abysmally. It was a return to the worst excesses of the 19th century, their capitalist forebears in the ‘dark satanic mills’ of old would have been proud. So given all that, what exactly were the EU doing for workers’ rights in the UK? The people knew the answer, absolutely bloody nothing.

It was no surprise that when the results of the referendum came through, it was the solid working class areas of the country that were strongly in favour of Brexit. In the city of Stoke on Trent for example, 70% of the people voted to leave the EU. The middle class were strongly in favour of remaining within the EU, as they were not adversely affected by the mass influx of cheap labour, indeed, they benefited from all that cheap labour in terms of nannies, tradesmen, cleaners and car washes.

The working class were also sick of hearing the usual suspects drone on about how beneficial all these cheap labour workers were to the country, when they knew these people were earning such poor wages that they were entitled to the whole raft of in-work benefits, including housing benefit and Council Tax relief. Far from contributing tax revenue to the country, they were draining it. The only beneficiaries were the exploiter employers who had the government subsidising their appalling poverty pay.

Whilst Brexit was also about national sovereignty, free trade and being able to make our own decisions as a country, make no mistake, it was a working class revolution brought about by mass immigration and an uncaring and willfully spiteful government. It was a veritable ‘peasants revolt’ at the ballot box. The spirit of Wat Tyler lives on in the collective hearts of the people. 

The champagne quaffing leadership of the Labour Party, the dinner party ‘Hoxton socialists’, did not realise that fact, and just how out of touch with their core voters they really were. In 2017, they are paying the price for such rank arrogance. The Labour Party should be about more than the North London chattering classes and their tedious dinner parties.

The Tories under their new leader Theresa May, parked their tanks on UKIP’s lawn whilst that party was in post-referendum disarray, and stole the thrust of UKIP policy by taking a tough stance on the EU. At the same time they were dragging their heels on triggering Article 50, the process that will begin the official withdrawal arrangements from the EU. 

There have of course been disgruntled Remain supporters feverishly attempting to subvert democracy and thwart the will of the people since the 23rd June 2016, but the process was still taking too long despite that.

The Brexit vote has sent reverberations around the world, and there can be little doubt that it helped Donald Trump to become the 45th President of the USA. Nigel Farage even spoke at one of his campaign rallies. The anti-globalisation sentiment is worldwide, as is the desire for a complete change in direction, and rage at the poisonous doctrines of political correctness. I believe we are now on the threshold of a new era and endless new possibilities. Buckle up! It could be an exciting, unpredictable and wild ride into a new world vision for nation states.

Dark Forces

Since the referendum produced a leave result back in June 2016, the dark forces of the Remain campaign have been sniping from the political undergrowth and generating a guerrilla insurgency. The figurehead of this revolt has been Gina Miller, a 51 year old investment manager and immigrant from Guyana, who seemed to feel that her opinions trumped those of the majority of the British electorate.

Miller launched a Brexit legal case with London-based Spanish hairdresser Deir Tozetti Dos Santos and the People's Challenge group, set up by Grahame Pigney - a UK citizen who lives in France.

The legal case revolved around the fact that this group believed Parliament was the only entity that could make a decision leading to the loss of her "rights" under EU law, and not the government.

On 3rd November, three judges ruled Parliament must vote on when the process can begin. The case went to the Supreme Court in December but the 11 judges rejected the government's appeal by a majority of eight to three.

The government then went back to Parliament for a vote, and secured the necessary majority for the Brexit process to continue, with Article 50 being triggered in March 2017. The Brexit Bill then passed to the House of Lords where it has some amendments tacked onto it. These were detrimental to the governments negotiating position, and were removed once the Bill was returned to Parliament.

It was simply more sniping and delay from diehard Remain supporters, many of whom were affronted by the fact they will no longer have access to the EU gravy train. This attempt to thwart the will of the people by an unelected chamber of life peers and old money aristocrats, has not gone down well. In essence, the Lords wanted to guarantee the 'right to remain' of EU citizens in the UK, without a reciprocal agreement from the EU about British citizens on their territory. The Lords also wanted Parliament to have a right of veto on any EU/British agreement reached at the end of the two year disengagement process.

This was simply a wrecking tactic to tie the hands of the British government, attempt to delay Brexit, and possibly try to instigate a second referendum that would produce the right result as they saw it. It is undemocratic and quite possibly treasonous. The EU has a track record of making countries come to the ‘right’ decision, as witnessed by the Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty.

The Lords were trying to pull the same tactic in the UK, but the people who voted to leave the EU were not going to stand for it. The Lords could well find themselves being abolished and a new elected second chamber established in future, purely because of this attempted gerrymandering. It would be a very beneficial result for the nation, as that swamp has needed to be drained for a very long time.

On the 20th March 2017, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, gave notice that the triggering of Article 50 would formally take place on the 29th March 2017. The bells of freedom and self determination have rung.

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