BREXIT: Are We Finally Getting What We Voted For?
2016 has been a marvellous year for fellow right wingers. Firstly, in terms of the BREXIT victory, and secondly with Trump winning the US elections. There seems to be a lot of good news for the new world on the horizon. But is there a storm cloud coming this way?
It is safe to say that no state has yet left the EU before, Britain took the first step into shallow waters. After all, the rules of exiting the EU- contained in Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon- are rather brief.
The Lisbon Treaty, which became law in December 2009, is designed to make the EU “more democratic, more transparent and more efficient” and is an agreement signed by the heads of state and governments of countries that are EU members. Article 50 allows a member state to notify the EU of its withdrawal and obliges the EU to try to negotiate a ‘withdrawal agreement’ with that state.
Essentially, triggering article 50 immediately starts the process of safe and steady departure, including a 2-year process of exit talks. Soon after, we would be expelled from the 28-member bloc.
Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she will trigger Article 50 by March 2017. Thus, meaning Britain will have left the EU by March 2019.
But wait, nothing is ever fair in politics.
It seems as if many major news publishers across the UK have commented on the halt of the triggering of Article 50. A group of MPs say they will vote against triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal process for leaving.
However, will we be lucky enough for May to trigger article 50 without parliament?
This is only in the off chance that May wins a Supreme Court appeal taking place next month. The Prime Minister had mentioned that May could start the process of leaving the EU, this is without a parliamentary vote. However, after campaigners launched a legal challenge, the High Court ruled last week that she couldn’t.
If it is found that the supreme court would like that May is to give parliament the chance to vote too, where article 50 could be scrapped. Our vote could be scrapped.
So where did our vote exactly go? I am quite sure there was no small print involved with the statement found on the EU referendum leaflet- you know, the one produced by the government?
“This is your decision. The Government will implement what
On the other hand, one could argue that such a decision would still have to be discussed in parliament anyway. However, do these politicians share the same economic and social class as regular citizens?
Of course, they may have all experienced hardship, but do those politicians who would like to remain understand that they will be impacted far less than your average Joe?
They won’t have to cope with the NHS complications as the demand rises, seeing as they will be privately insured anyway. They will not have to worry about increased crime rates due to uncontrolled refugee migration (that’s right, pull the race card I dare you), their security system will ensure for their home safety. They will not have to worry about being charged for hate speech whilst speaking freely, seeing as they have enough money to pay that off.
In 2007, the EU agreed to make incitement to racism and xenophobia a crime across the 27-nation bloc.
Under the new law, offenders will face up to three years in jail for “public incitement to violence or hatred, directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.”
“inciting hatred” against “religion” is used to silence the critics of Islam. It is used to silence free speech. Since when does one protect an ideology?
Do you see where I am going with this?
So there is our dark cloud, filled with heavy hail. Not only has democracy been betrayed by the government, but the people who threw their toys out of the pram, after BREXIT’s victory, have also been given a lollipop.
This is war.