My postal ballot for the EUropean Parliament election on May 23rd 2019 has arrived.
I have done something I have never done before with a ballot paper.
Against each of the eleven parties and individual candidates standing I have written the word “NO”.
On the reverse of the ballot paper I have stated:
makes a mockery of democracy
defies the Brexit Referendum result
wastes over £100 million of tax payers money
may well be illegal – the extension beyond March 29th 2019 is actually subject to a legal challenge by the English Democrats in the Courts [see link in references below]
means that casting a vote is meaningless when the Government of the day can delay and effectively over-ride the verdict, as it has with 23rd June 2016
therefore I do not endorse this election by voting for any candidate – they are all participating in a travesty of democracy and its principles – How can they then be trusted ?
In June 2016 I voted in the Referendum on Brexit. I voted along with over 17.4 million other people for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. It was the largest number to endorse any decision ever in our history. The government stated in writing to every household that it would implement the result.
Almost 3 years later that promise has manifestly been broken. The two year negotiation period under Article 50 of the “Lisbon Treaty” has been extended twice by Prime Minister Theresa May beyond March 29th 2019, even though she herself stated repeatedly that the UK would leave the EU on that date.
She has lied. She has made a mockery of the Brexit Referendum vote by calling a Deal to Integrate our nation without Representation into the emerging EU empire, a “Withdrawal Deal”.
Is it ?
We had no military and security integration with the EU before June 23rd 2016 – it has been arranged since then. It is disingenously identified to us by brief and bland generalisations in both the Withdrawal Deal and the Declaration on the Future relationship.
This is “the Deal” she insists parliament approves: to subject our nation like a colony to the EU superstate. She has acted in direct defiance of the Brexit Referendum result, all the while deceiving Leave voters by saying what they want to hear.
She has lied and abused her position as Prime Minister. By her actions, she now causes us to participate in a European Union election we have absolutely no business participating in. NONE. We should already be out and trading with the EU on World Trade Organisation terms, using the multitude of specific bilateral arrangements already agreed.
Perhaps you think that the tone and language I use in this and in other blog posts is loaded and biased. It’s not ! It reflects the reality. If you don’t believe me, watch the documentary screened on Wednesday 8th May 2019 on BBC 4. [link below]
It was a fly-on-the-wall affair, the camera in the background recording what was happening in meetings held by, and with, Guy Verhofstadt, the EU parliament’s coordinator over the 2 years of Brexit negotiations.
It was most revealing.
It actually said nothing we did not already know from a realistic reading of the the evidence, most of which has been assessed accurately by many Brexit commentators, including this blog.
But it provided incontrovertible confirmation from their own mouths as to what they were really doing.
ON the initial talks to set the critical structure and terms for the negotiations, Barnier states that the EU has set “the tone and the agenda” for the negotiations. We were therefore on the back foot and a slippery slope to what they wanted from day one, as David Davis pointed out in his resignation letter.
ON the Northern Ireland border and backstop arrangement, Barnier states that it was his intention all along to use Ireland both “tactically and strategically” to maintain the UK on the defensive, and in a subordinate position, in all future dealings.
The truth that the single market and customs requirements of the EU would create a trade barrier was dismissed and treated as unacceptable posturing by the UK – this from people who claim falsely [and they do so in this documentary] that the EU has brought peace in Ulster and that the UK, not the EU, is using Ireland as a negotiating ploy !
ON the Withdrawal Deal arrangements as finalised, a member of Verhofstadts staff triumphantly stated that they had made the UK – and I quote – “a COLONY” !
Indeed, he then says that this had been their intention from the beginning…
But this documentary also highlighted what I have been at pains to make clear in this blog and elsewhere: that there is a fundamental philosophical and cultural clash between the UK and the continental EU.
On returning from a meeting in 10 Downing Street, Verhofstadt says contemptuously that the British have no overall CONCEPT of what they want – they just talk about specifics here and there, they just cherry pick.
That comment highlights a fundamentally critical difference of philosophy and culture. We are pragmatic. We start with specifics, we start with the actual problems and then go on to find a specific practical solution . If we arrive at an overall principle or conception, it is based on the evidence and on the reality; our approach is inductive.
Not so continental thinking – certainly not the French speaking and French influenced continent.
They start with the grand idea, the overall principle – the concept – and then make everything fit in with that. Their approach is deductive. That’s why they will never understand us, never respect us, never allow us the influence that would have saved the EU project from being an authoritarian and bureaucratic disaster.
We see raising particular problems as getting to grips with the issue, trying to find a solution for everyone’s benefit. They don’t. They just don’t think like that. Which is why they call it cherry picking. It’s the only way they can make sense of our approach and attitude.
It is incredible that all these highly paid politicians and diplomats have not grasped this fundamental fact. They have not had the sense to step back and question their own assumptions or understand where the other side are coming from.
Yet they claim to believe in love and peace, the integration of Europe, and avoiding another war …
the link for donations and information about the English democrats court case is at