The unification of European nation states via democratic means i.e. with the agreement and the goodwill of the people of Europe would have taken many decades to achieve. It would have required transparent and accountable leadership and a clear vision of what this new country would look like and how it planned its future. With a commitment to being as honest as is practicable and proving demonstrable benefits to the average citizen over the years even die hard nationalists like me would either have fallen into line or found ourselves more and more isolated.
Sadly the European Union chose instead to ignore democracy and impose itself on the people of Europe. Whether this was driven by a desire to accelerate the process or orchestrated by a cabal of sinister and unseen agents the effect is the same, democracy hardly exists in the EU. It is a pretend democracy.
The first warnings were there with the referenda over the EU Constitution – later to become the Lisbon treaty, France, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland all rejected the Constitution. The EU demonstrated no effort to reflect the wishes of the voters, a couple of paragraphs were amended (arguably just made unreadable) and repackaged as the Lisbon treaty – famously trumpeted by Mark Mardell of the BBC as removing any mention of flags or anthems. Materially the treaty remained unchanged and the voters were told to vote again after a long period of EU propaganda, threats and misinformation in order to obtain the ‘correct result’.
More recently the EU has moved to simply ignore referenda as the recent ones held in Greece and the Netherlands has shown. Voters in the UK were denied any opportunity to vote on the Lisbon treaty, the three main parties made a convenient arrangement that would allow Parliament to ratify the treaty without a mandate from the people, David Cameron’s Conservatives ‘pushed’ for a vote to reject the treaty but had no chance of securing enough votes as the Liberal Democrats decided to abstain (wow – what are the odds?).
However something appeared to upset the calculations of Parliament, UKIP were making steady inroads and becoming a bit of a threat both to the Conservatives and Labour. Personally I think the collapse of the Labour vote in Scotland in the 2015 General Election threw a huge spanner in the works, the Conservatives managed to secure a majority and David Cameron now had to deliver on his promise to hold a referendum on the basis of a series of reforms of the EU.
On June 23rd 2016 over 17 million of us voted to leave the EU.
I have no time for those that argue for a second referendum. Parliament had no right and no mandate to sign the Lisbon treaty. The people of this country voted to leave the EU. Any suggestion of second referendum must be challenged head on, each and every one of us received a letter from the Government in advance of the referendum. The letter explained that we would be asked to either leave the EU or remain and the Government would act on how we voted. We voted to leave the EU, Parliament has to honour that, there is no ambiguity here.
I get tired of hearing ‘what does Brexit mean. It is irrelevant, we voted to leave the EU we did not vote for Boris Johnson and some notional Brexit party, to emphasise the point we put a cross against the option that said leave the EU.
We must either leave the EU or accept we do not live in a democracy, it is that simple Westminster.
Stop whining and do your job.