The Brexit Mess
The darkness ahead — if we fail in our task.
“Katie – what on earth is happening with Brexit?”
It’s a question I have been desperate to answer and have found myself unable to answer — as one day of uncertainty has led into the next. The word ‘unprecedented’ is commonplace in the UK right now.
Trying to give an accurate update on Brexit has been like trying to sell yogurt in the desert. It is past its shelf life even before it reaches the store.
But despite the attempts by our Remain-leaning Parliament to frustrate the will of the people, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally found a way forward, albeit a long way from the “Leave” we were promised for Oct. 31. Even the ceremonial 50p coins minted for the occasion will be smelted down in despair.
Bojo has called a General Election for December 12, 2019 in the hopes of breaking the endless deadlock over Brexit. And despite a desperate effort by the opposition to allow 16-year-olds and 3 million EU foreigners (who do not have British citizenship) to vote, Boris has prevailed.
The British people will go back to polls and vote for a new government to take them into 2020. Boris believes it will give him the majority he needs and a fresh mandate to Get Brexit Done and get us out of the European Union — his battle cry since he entered the House of Commons.
But the risks are considerable and the choices are stark. This will not be just a vote on Brexit. This election merges Brexit votes and party loyalty. There are crossed allegiances at every turn. Leave-supporting Labour voters will never vote Conservative, for example — similarly entrenched in their view as a Never-Trumper is inside the GOP.
In the most basic terms, these are the choices facing British voters:
- Conservatives: Leave with a deal;
- Liberal Democrats: Remain in the EU – overturn Brexit;
- Brexit Party: Leave with No Deal;
- Labour: Remain in the EU and offer a second referendum.
Rather like a trip to the oral hygienist, this election is not something anyone is particularly looking forward to.
Over the last weeks and months, many politicians have made themselves the enemies of the people — voting against the wishes of those they are supposed to represent. Estate Agents and Solicitors were the least respected professions in this country. Politicians now wear that mantle with some shame.