What kind of country are you if the voice of citizens is divided?
What democracy are you if your system is breaking down from “follow the gang” to “I have been elected thanks to a certain agenda and must abide by it”?
We’ve decided to continue our Brexit series from a different angle: the deadline first.
Let’s start with a simple timeline to refresh the memories:
- Date: 23 June 2016. the referendum. The British citizens voted 51,9% vs 48,1% to get out of the European Union.
- The EU asks Great Britain to lay out an exit plan for the country’s future after the exit. If anything, it’s about stability. Date: 29 March 2019. the original deadline, in conformity with Article #50 of the treaty of Lisbon.
- Date: 12 April 2019. change of deadline. A deal was agreed upon by Great Britain and the EU but rejected by warring factions in British politics and Parliament. In March, an extension was negotiated. On 10 April 2019, another extension was negotiated: 31 October 2019.
So what now?
What do you do if there is an obvious lack of self decision? The pro-Brexiters blame it on the EU’s push against “efforts” but the Brits are no innocent lambs.
By tradition, Great Britain operates with a very peculiar style of politics, somewhat archaic. Elected officials are “sponsored” by elder politicians and so, in the past, had to vote the way the sponsor wanted. The vote was not that of the contingency, who elected that political delegate. It was a “block” vote.
#Brexit is changing this culture. Many sitting in Parliament are rejecting the “block” vote, preferring to listen to their conscience. As it is, the country is in total chaos. It is not simply the dragging on or the negotiations with the EU but the lack of decisiveness amongst the Brits. What is you really want for yourselves?
The warring is no due to the #Brexit insecurity but rather British politics reaching breaking point. And whether they like it or not, the Brits are completely responsible for the post-referendum mess. The EU, no matter its faults, is simply trying to guide them through this. Forget about all those EU flaws for the moment. #Brexit happened because the British asked for it and it was granted. It happened for a reason. However the Brits created a vacuum by disagreeing with each other: discord or woe upon thee.
So now they are complaining about the extensions. But can you really use a scapegoat for all your entanglements and problems?
No you can’t.
A no Brexit deal would not better the situation, nor empower Great Britain. On the contrary, they need to decide on what stability is needed to reconstruct Great Britain and fast. Agriculture is not quite dead but compared to industry, there is a huge gap. The country would have to be self sufficient, more so than now. Secondly, what to do with the vacuum left by the banks and the finance sector, which has already begun moving its business to Paris. London is destined to be an empty city at some point, given the enormous numbers of Europeans living and working in the English capital.
That said, instead of repeating over and over again that Great Britain, as small as it is, doesn’t need the EU, the Brits have to ask what do THEY need. And right now all they have is Northern Ireland and Ireland worrying over the matter of a closed border. All they have is rising price tags. All they have is a culture, which depends heavily on imports but less exports, many of these from other European countries. All they have is no decision on how they are going to sustain themselves after the #Brexit. One cannot count on only “historic friends” and the Commonwealth.
So while we’re talking….. there is another option. Switzerland does referendums all the time and opinions change over time. What if the #Brexit never happened in the end?
31 October is in 6 months. If Great Britain cannot get its act together in almost 3 years, what are the odds that the country will finally tentatively agree on a plan of action in less than 6 months? Just tell us your thoughts.