I’ve kept abreast with the ongoing Brexit “negotiation” (read: surrender) playing out in Britain because in two major ways, it parallels the Donald Trump saga here in America:
- Both Brexit and Trump were democratically-achieved populist uprisings against corrupt, entrenched ruling classes that have led both nations to the brink of ruin.
- The repudiated ruling classes in America and Europe are both trying to overturn the will of the voters who chose Trump and Brexit.
Trump and Brexit are intertwined and represent pivotal moments in the history of the Anglosphere. Brexit and Trump are part of a wider popular rebellion against the same corrupt, politically correct leftwing globalists in charge here in America, and in Britain and Europe.
If the elites are allowed to kill Brexit, I feel Britain might be “lost” forever, and that would be very bad for America. Brexit is Britain’s final stand: will Britain regain its independence, national identity and sovereignty, or will it be crushed under the bureaucratic fist of the dystopian EU superstate?
British Prime Minister Theresa May replaced David Cameron in 2016 after the Brexit vote. Cameron staked his entire Prime Ministership on Remain prevailing, and when Brexit won he was forced to resign. May was chosen as his successor, however May was never a full supporter of Brexit, and often equivocated on her position. It’s likely May was even secretly fully on-board with Remain. Still, she was determined to be the right person to lead Britain forward in the wake of the Brexit vote. She and her cabinet have been negotiating the terms of Brexit for over two years now, and at last the contours of her “deal” are coming into focus.
Regardless of her original position on Brexit in 2016, it’s undeniable by now that May lacks either the desire or the ability to do right by the British voters who chose to leave the EU. Perhaps she lacks both. The terms she has negotiated with the EU are simply unacceptable for anyone who voted for Brexit. Recently, Jacob Rees-Mogg, a rising Conservative star and prominent Brexiteer (and hopefully the next Prime Minister) stood in Parliament and denounced May’s “deal”:
“My right honorable friend [May], and she is unquestionably honorable, said that we will leave the Customs Union. Annex 2 says otherwise.
My right honorable friend said that she will maintain the integrity of the United Kingdom. The whole protocol says otherwise.
My right honorable friend said that we will be out of the European Court of Justice. Article 174 says otherwise.
All my right honorable friend says and does no longer match.”
Rees-Mogg also said that May’s deal “is not Brexit” and that it “must be rejected.”
Nigel Farage called May the “worst and most duplicitous Prime Minister in British history” and he’s 100% correct. May is so awful it’s hard to put into words.
Fortunately, numerous members of her cabinet have submitted their resignations in protest to her “deal” and it is likely May will be out by the end of the week. Rees-Mogg is said to be supporting Boris Johnson, who publicly campaigned for Brexit before the vote, to be the next Prime Minister. Hopefully, May will be sent packing and true Brexiteers can come in and save Brexit.
What’s at stake in Britain is not simply whether it gets good terms for its departure from the EU, but whether or not democracy still genuinely exists.
In his 2016 book “Why Vote Leave,” Daniel Hannan, a Conservative MP and prominent Brexiteer, documented over a half-dozen instances where the EU outright rejected the results of elections that did not go its way:
Paul Joseph Watson claims that May’s Brexit deal was specifically designed to be so bad that it would lead to a second Brexit referendum vote, which the EU hopes will go its way, unlike the 2016 vote. Then, the EU–conniving, corrupted snakes that they are–will claim Remain was the will of the people.
If the voters choose Brexit and their elites overrule them, then what is the point of voting anymore? If the voters choose Trump and the swamp rises up in defiance to destroy him, then why would we ever waste our time with elections again?
Time and again we’re seeing elites reject and subvert democracy when the voters defy them. This is not how it’s supposed to work.
When voters reach the ends of their ropes, and still they are denied the right to vote for the changes they desire, things will get ugly.
The political establishment, in both America and Europe, has been telling voters to go fuck themselves for the past two years.
If the elites think Trump and Brexit are bad, wait until voters come to the conclusion that voting doesn’t actually mean shit. I say it all the time but it’s important to remember: democracy is nothing more than a way to affect political change without violence.
If the elites do not allow voters to affect change with the vote, they’re making a very dangerous wager that the voters will simply accept defeat, and accept the fact that they are not allowed to have a say anymore.
Perhaps the elites will be able to get away with it. Perhaps the voters will simply give up and get the message: the elites know best, and democracy is dead.
But perhaps the voters will be stubborn and insist on getting what they want. At that point, with voting no longer an option, what else can the people do but take up arms?
I must be clear: I do not want a violent uprising. The last thing I want is for democracy to collapse. It’s the elites, in their profound arrogance and entitlement, who are the ones setting us on a course for violence. They’re the ones breaking the social compact.
Western democracy rests on the agreement among the people that we do not have to go to war with one another so long as we are able to resolve our political question by way of the ballot. If one side does not hold up its end of the bargain, then what other option is left for the rest of us?
This is not a threat of violence. It’s a simple request that the elites start holding up their end of the social compact: just give the people what they voted for.