It’s 1169-days since the British people voted to leave the European Union:
Let’s take a look at how it’s going, shall we?
Unbelievably, the European Union is now fully in charge of what happens next on Brexit, and Jeremy Corbyn (who serves as the official opposition leader in the House of Commons) is now fully in charge of when the next UK General Election is held.
Honestly folks, you couldn’t make this stuff up.
It represents a failure of the UK Parliament by any standard. It’s a disaster of epic proportions and only in Britain could such a thing come to pass.
Every single MP in the House of Commons must hang their heads in shame for this utter failure to accommodate the wishes of the British people in a timely and responsible fashion.
And it’s completely beyond me (and beyond thinking people everywhere!) how every British MP hasn’t shamefacedly handed-in their resignation today (with the notable exception of Jeremy Corbyn who has played a bad poker hand better than anyone in history!) and moved-on to something more appropriate for them.
Some other career where things can be dragged-out over 3-years and where it would be acceptable to wind up with a worse deal than the existing deal.
Some other career where things like accountability to constituents, responsibility to act in the national interest, timeliness of service to citizens, a cost of tens of billions of pounds sterling to the economy, and national sovereignty aren’t at stake!
Let’s See How This Particular Disaster Evolved
As you may know, the term UK Parliament refers to the UK House of Commons where British MP’s along with the Prime Minister’s Cabinet and the Prime Minister, write, debate, and then pass legislation in the House of Commons that is sent to the House of Lords (a.k.a. ‘the upper house’) to be further debated (and sometimes amended) and then officially approved by the Lords. After passing both the Commons and the Lords, that piece of legislation is sent to the UK Head of State (a.k.a. ‘the Queen’) for Royal Assent (a simple signature acknowledging that to the best of the Head of State’s knowledge, due process in Parliament has been observed in regard to that piece of legislation).
This time-honoured process of drafting, debating and passing legislation in the UK is a tradition that began in the year 1215 when the first UK Parliament convened.
What I’m trying to impress on you, dear reader, is that we are where we are on Brexit only because of the UK Parliament — as there is no other person or institution responsible for the passing of legislation on behalf of all Britons.
The UK Parliament ‘owns’ this particular disaster and no amount of political spin is going to cover their Brexit errors. It is a failure of governance of epic proportions that will go down in history as one of the worst political debacles ever.
- June 23, 2016: The UK people vote to leave the EU (BBC)
- July 13, 2016: Theresa May becomes UK Prime Minister (CNN)
- February 1, 2017: British MP’s overwhelmingly back Article 50 bill (BBC)
- June 8, 2017: Theresa May Loses Majority in UK General Election (NYT)
- January 15, 2019: Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers worst-ever defeat (Guardian)
- March 13, 2019: Theresa May’s Brexit deal fails a 2nd time (BBC)
- March 29, 2019: Theresa May’s Brexit deal fails a 3rd time (VOX)
- March 31, 2019: The agreed Brexit date (& law of the land) is missed (CNN)
- April 12, 2019: The EU says Brexit delayed until October 31, 2019 (BBC)
- July 24, 2019: The UK gets a new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson (CNN)
- August 27, 2019: UK opposition MPs agree strategy to block No Deal (BBC)
- August 29, 2019: UK Prime Minister Johnson prorogues Parliament (BBC)
- September 4, 2019: Bill designed to stop No Deal Brexit ‘will clear Lords’ (BBC)
So there it is!
It’s the shameful story of how an astonishingly simple order from the British people to the UK Parliament turned into £69.5 billion in losses over the past 3-years (so far!) and how EU negotiators easily beat the UK Parliament by merely getting out of the way to allow the UK Parliament to destroy the dream of Britons who simply wanted to restore British dignity and sovereignty, and how the panegyrists of the UK Parliament are on-track to beg for a worse deal from the EU than the UK already has.
Unless corrected soon, the present Brexit debacle will turn out to be the worst political disaster on planet Earth since the UK Parliament of a previous era sold the then-colony of America (to traitors, privateers & colonists) for 60-pieces of silver.