The novelist Daphne Du Maurier is best known for classic stories like Rebecca and The Birds, but in 1972 she published her final work Rule Britannia, a futuristic tale about
leaving the EEC, the embryonic European Union, and then being invaded and occupied
by the United States of America.
Will her novel turn into prophesy? I wish Alfred Hitchcock was still around to
make a movie out of that one! As it happens, at the time of writing, nothing at
all has been done to initiate the process demanded by the British people in
response to the EU in-out referendum. I covered the drama of the event in the
background links below. In order to remove Britain
from the European Union the government has to initiate Article 50 of the Lisbon
Treaty. This has never been done before. Only once ever has a state exited the
EU, and that was Greenland. However this didn't count
because it is an overseas ; it is also in territory
of Denmark North
America, not Europe, and only has a
population of fifty thousand. The exit process for a major member state takes approximately
two years and the referendum was over two months ago now, so the government really
needs to get a move on. The delays in triggering (excuse the pun) Article 50
lead me to suspect that they're deliberately dragging their heels in the hope
we Brexiteers forget about it; or that events, planned or accidental, supersede
the ability of Britain
to leave the EU. After David Cameron resigned, the new prime minister was
quickly chosen in a single candidate "contest"; it was his home
secretary Teresa May. She has so far made no commitment to when she will begin
Article 50. Her current estimate is early next year. Since the referendum, the
dire predictions of economic Armageddon have not come to pass, see: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/aug/17/public-confidence-in-uk-economy-recovers-after-brexit-vote-survey-finds.
This indicates, as I said at the time, that they were indeed nothing more than
tales of horror invented by the Remainies to scare us into submission. The same
goes for the attempts to link the rise in reported hate crimes against foreign
nationals living in the UK
to the Brexit campaign. Fear and guilt, an all too common cocktail of manipulation.
I heard there has been a rush of British citizens applying for EU member state
passports. It turns out that this was mostly people living in Northern
Ireland wanting Irish passports. Ireland
became an independent country in 1922 and, very ironically, is completely a
part of the EU today; yet Northern Ireland
remained British and is therefore leaving the EU with Brexit. However under the
Anglo-Irish agreements, people living in Northern
Ireland can choose dual citizenship and some
of them hold both UK
passports. Most don't bother though because the border between the two parts of
Republic of Ireland Ireland has
been completely open for many years. For the first time now, EU-aficionados
from the province have an opportunity to stay in their beloved union.
Last Saturday there were another series of pro-EU street demonstrations across the country; the biggest being in
I wish I had been able to go along because there was a healthy counter-protest
that I'd like to have taken part in. As you can see, the Remainers jeer and
abuse the Brexiters, calling them "racists!"; a very predictable and hackneyed
slur, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W74ksXjDQDs.
The pro-EU crowd also yell "fascists!" at their opponents. I find that
contradictory beyond belief when you consider that it is the anti-Brexit
contingent who want the state to step in and overturn a democratic referendum.
As I explain in the background links below, the "new left" have totally
blown themselves apart over the EU issue. They've forgotten one of their
foundational principles: that they are supposed to hide their contempt for the white working class. The march ended in
a rally at Parliament Square
and one of the speakers was Eddie Izzard, the famous comedian and cross-dresser
who has spent the last year or so scathingly opposing the Leave campaign.
During the pageant somebody snatched Izzard's trademark pink beret from his
head and ran off with it. Izzard gave chase, but was too slow because of his
high-heeled shoes. The police eventually caught the thief, who has a Slavic-sounding
name. They recovered the beret, but are keeping hold of it for the time being
because it might be needed as a court exhibit, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37270275.
Another big protest that day took place in Edinburgh. The first minister of
Scotland Nicola Sturgeon wants to use Brexit to force a new Scottish
independence referendum. Her case is getting stronger all the time because the
Scots, as a block vote, were generally very pro-Remain. How can it be justified
to keep the entire country in a union with England
and Wales when
that union is going in a direction the Scottish people and its own government
don't want it to? But what about any of the dirty tricks I foretold? Are there
any signs of them emerging? Perhaps. For instance, today Parliament is going to
debate the online petition to hold a second EU referendum. The contemptible mob
who posted the pledge eventually gained over four million signatures, although
some of them were found to be faked. Nevertheless according to Parliamentary
rules, MP's must address the issue. The discussion is going to take place in
Westminster Hall today between
and , after which there will
be a vote on a resolution. It will be chaired by Ian Blackford MP, Commons member
for the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency. He is a member of the staunchly
pro-Remain party, the SNP; watch it here live: http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/cb2f33f6-f9fe-463e-a6d5-40eca4b614c0
(I will change this link to a recording afterwards if one becomes available). Obviously
I am concerned this petition might be carried; but it's unlikely, to be honest.
Teresa May has stated in the last few days that even she, vocally pro-Remain,
intends to counter personally any second EU referendum. I'm sure the saboteurs
of Brexit are plotting as we speak, but their eventual scam will be far more
underhand and sophisticated than this.
See here for background: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/vote-leave.html.