Last night the EU Council president, Donald Tusk, issued the following decision on Brexit. It comprises two Articles, with an explanatory preamble of 14 paragraphs.
The 2 decisive Articles state the Council,
HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION
Article 1 The period provided for in Article 50(3) TEU, as extended by the European Council Decision (EU) 2019/476, is hereby further extended until 31 October 2019.
Article 2 This decision shall enter into force on the day of its adoption.
This decision shall cease to apply on 31 May 2019 in the event that the United Kingdom has not held elections to the European Parliament in accordance with applicable Union law and has not ratified the Withdrawal Agreement by 22 May 2 019.
“Our membership of the EU has now officially been extended until 31 October 2019. In extending it, Theresa May acted without the authorisation of Parliament for any extension beyond 30 June, and in breach of her previous repeated promises. As we pointed out last week, the Prime Minister was not under any legal obligation to agree to an extension beyond 30 June, and could have walked away from the table in Brussels and delivered Brexit.”
“It has been clear to us for a long time that this Prime Minister has no interest in fulfilling the promises she made to the Conservative Party when she became leader in 2016, or to the country in the 2017 General Election Manifesto, of delivering Brexit and handing back control over our laws to the British people and our elected representatives. Instead, she has been intent on forcing the country into a deal which would provide only a false illusion of Brexit and would leave us permanently shackled to the EU: having to obey its rules without a vote, and with no prospect of being able to operate an independent global trade policy in the foreseeable future.”
“So strong is her obsession with shackling the United Kingdom permanently to this servile status that she has simply abandoned her repeated mantra that “no deal is better than a bad deal”, and her repeated statements that the UK would leave the EU on 29 March. This is despite the fact that, as made clear by Chris Heaton-Harris (“Forget the ‘end is nigh’ scaremongering – Britain is officially ready for no-deal Brexit“) the country was actually quite sufficiently prepared to leave if she had not chosen to over-ride what was the legal default option.”
“So we are now in the EU for an additional 7 months beyond the now abandoned legal exit date of 29 March. This is a fiasco which has brought national and international humiliation down on Theresa May and her government. The European Parliament elections will now – absurdly – need to be held, a step which is likely to cause huge political damage to the Conservative Party in particular.”
The lawyers go on in their newsletter to suggest it’s not yet a catastrophe. I beg to differ. I don’t believe they have yet understood the political dynamics in play as from EU Council decision of April 10th/11th. See my post at RWI.
On Saturday 10th November the following year, 2018, Macron and Angela Merkel met at Compiegne where German generals met French and British counterparts to sign the Armistice. Macron and Merkel reviewed troops of the Franco German Defence force. The British were not present. Their 750,000 deaths and 1.5 million casualties airbrushed from history. This was not about the centenary of the Armistice; this was about the Franco German alliance promoting a new EU Army…
Next day, Macron lectured world leaders at the Centenary Commemorations in Paris. The following Tuesday, Merkel announced to the EU’s parliament a fully fledged European military capability.
Next day, Macron gave an inaugural speech to the new Centre for European Intelligence – the EU’s nascent super-spy Authority. More later.
Mr Macron opened his letter to “Citoyens d’Europe” by telling them that he was taking the liberty to address them directly – not just in the name of history and of our common values, but because there is a dire crisis. Since the 2nd world War, Europe has never been so important – but never has it been more threatened. The European Elections this May will be decisive for Europe’s future, he writes.
BREXIT REPRESENTS THIS CRISIS. Belonging to the EU is not the real danger – that is an irresponsible lie which could destroy Europe ! The nationalists have no alternative to offer but simple rejection of the project: they exploit anger and spread false information – it is this that threatens Europe !
And I thought I voted to Leave in order to restore my country’s traditional liberties stemming from Magna Carta and the 1689 Bill of Rights – the settlement which gave my country constitutional government centuries before the French founded the EU bureaucracy in their own dirigiste, authoritarian image …
But being a Napoleonic figure, Mr Macron has no time for incidentals like our Common Law tradition which exported liberty and prosperity across the globe. Whatever the English may have done, they cannot be right. There is one simple reason for this:
They are not French, they do not have a Republique, and they did not create La Declaration des Droits de l’homme et du citoyen.
They still have a Monarchy and a rowdy rabble for a parliament. They need bringing up to date. And Macron will show them the way.
Buried in the letter is this revelation: the British are partners in the entirely new European Security Council. He tells us that important progress has been made on this in the last two years.
It is now 2 years and 8 months since we voted to Leave the EU…
He started the letter with Brexit, and he finishes with Brexit.
Brexit is Macron’s big worry: where the UK leads others may want to follow. He makes it very clear that such nonsense must go no further. It defies his grand plan …
This is what motivates his letter. To make us believe that Brexit is nationalist insanity – this toxic poison must spread no further. NO, we must follow Mr Macron’s lead; we must accept his worldview and his proposals for Europe; we must not be tricked by wicked nationalists [read Nazis] !
And I thought it was the UK which stood entirely alone against Nazi Germany for 18 months, totally exposed and isolated, because in our national tradition and culture there is absolutely no place for the extremism which breaks out on the European continent periodically.
Including that first French ALL Europe project imposed by Napoleon’s million strong army.
Our 21st century Napoleon is far more subtle, and patient. His propaganda letter, plus all I have seen of him, is disturbing. From his 2016 rallies-without-policies when Presidential candidate in waiting – to his dismissal of Brexit as a nationalist insurrection.
He condemns populists – yet he is the populist par excellence. Seeking to sway the crowd to trust whatever he says, and whatever he does – all for them, of course. He is the Saviour who will bring in the new EUtopia on earth. [His candidature rallies reveal a manifest Egocentricity …]
He patently believes Brexit to be an outbreak of neo Nazi populism: ergo it must be stopped. And French Napoleons are not men of mere words: concrete action always accompany their grand schemes.
The truth is something most human beings have problems with. We don’t like to be wrong, or at any rate caught out doing wrong. We don’t like to admit our faults. It’s human nature. But most people have enough maturity to acknowledge when they are wrong, and in their more sober moments to be honest about themselves.
Two types of people don’t respond in this way – I leave aside those who have yet to grow up; they’re are entitled to some consideration; we were all young once.
One type are just plain criminal. They have to be put behind bars for ten years before they’ll acknowledge what they are and what a downright pain in the neck they have been to others.
The other are the idealistically deceived. Their Ideal cannot be wrong. Their whole world view revolves around their god – be that a religious god or a philosophy or political ideology. They can be a pain in the neck because they’ll swear black is white and white is black rather than admit their god is not all they believe him [or her !] to be …
And what we see before us at this stage in the Brexit saga is evidence of both. The most obvious is the latter – the ideological obsession before which all reality must bend and bow.
Last week 3 women MPs left the Conservative party because they don’t like the situation Brexit is in. They along with the other Remainiacs in parliament and the Civil Service have brought about this mess with its national humiliation, and they avowedly want another Referendum to overturn the 2016 Brexit vote.
These are people who treat the EU as a religious cult, and regard the 17.4 million of us who voted to Leave as anything from deluded, through stupid [regardless of the numerous graduates and doctorates supporting Brexit] to utterly deranged.
We are, of course, none of these things but their religious obsession means that this is the only way they can cope, so they interpret reality accordingly.
Hence Anna Soubry calling Brexit MPs “extremists” – whereas in the real world they are simply seeking to abide by the democratic vote of June 23rd 2016.
Human beings in this state can get pretty hypocritical. This type routinely spout about Rights and about giving the people the chance to vote – again. [Of course that is because we all got it wrong the first time; that time, however, we were all promised faithfully – in writing to every household – that the government would implement the result: of course, at that time, they fully expected the vote to be Remain, hence the promise].
But when it comes to their own consistency with this, they fall remarkably short. The 3 ladies mentioned above all want another vote on Brexit, and they are very keen on social justice. But they have no intention whatsoever of submitting their own treacherous behaviour to the ballot box by resigning and standing again in a by-election. Even though they owe their positions to a party elected on a 2017 manifesto promise to go ahead and implement Brexit – leave both Customs Union and Single Market.
In taking this line, however, they are being remarkably consistent in another way.
They are reflecting the intransigent and undemocratic mindset at the heart of the EU project and at the heart of the EUtopian cult. They are reflecting the sort of self righteousness which condemns others for no reason, but refuses to admit its own blatant faults.
As far as a criminal mindset goes, at this stage I’ll only mention that EU accounts remain unapproved by the auditors for the last 20 years because of monies unaccounted for; the utter waste of money on projects deemed worthy by bureaucrats and the contracted big businesses, but no-one else; the opaque appointment of Juncker crony Selmayr, investigated and opposed by the powerless parliament.
Then there is the wilful betrayal of the Brexit vote by Theresa May’s misnamed Withdrawal Agreement, and the type of Remainiac mentality displayed by her civil servants like Ollie Robbins – a known EU fanatic from his Oxford days. Their machinations went behind the backs of the constitutionally created government departments whose job it was to handle Brexit. Because those departments were overseen by Brexit voting ministers – they were sidelined, their work binned, and replaced by a Remain product.
This “Deal” does not Withdraw the UK from the EU but establishes an unprecedented integration of our entire Defence – policy, procurement and capability – under EU control. These people evidently took the Brexit vote as the cue to hasten integration by the back door, and not for one minute allow the UK’s departure to cause the disintegration of their beloved project. Which is what would undoubtedly happen given the growing awareness among European voters that this is a democratic disaster.
All this leads up to this.
There is something very insidious, bureaucratic and disturbing at the heart of the critical EU planning and decision making process.
I can guarantee that 99% of Remain voters do not know this. And I suspect that most Remain minded MPs don’t realise it either.
With critical votes coming up in mid March in Parliament, MPs and Remain die hards really ought to wake up to the disturbing reality about the EU.
The reality of closed-doors decision-making by small groups of interested lobbyists and EU functionaries where no minutes are taken. Officially, they do not exist under the treaties. But the power is right there. No transparency. No record. Yet they have been in existence for 9 years and their influence is critical.
In March 2019 the UK Parliament has the opportunity to prove to itself and to us that parliamentary democracy is alive and well. Or it can subject us to an organisation with a deceitful ideological culture and a closed, unaccountable bureaucracy.