Martyn Richard Jones
Brussels 24th June 2019
In 2016 the UK held what was called the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum the objective of which was to gauge public sentiment about the UK leaving or remaining in the EU.
It was a non-binding consultation, which means that regardless of outcome, it can be legitimately ignored by MPs.
The generally accepted nonsense about the referendum being legally or constitutionally binding was just that, nonsense.
51.9% of the vote supported the UK’s exit from the EU.
Three years later (this is June 2019) and the UK is in the midst of a constitutional and parliamentary crisis.
Bottom line, the EU has given the UK until October 2019 to sort its shit out, and we are fast approaching the Rubicon of “do you stay or do you go, now?”
But, what do we have on our current political landscape?
Clearly, the UK government is in a humungous mess.
The Labour Party opposition are playing a fence-sitting waiting-game with the Tory government, as they know that many people in the traditionally Labour heartlands voted for Brexit, and they are very concerned about not being able to regain some of that support.
It’s the support they need in order to be able to try and implement their vision of a caring government, for the many and not the few. That is actually something I can understand and connect with – even though I am not a Labour voter and even though I find their Brexit strategy to be somewhat obtuse.
The Tory Brexiteers themselves are playing funny Charlies – every-way which-way – with the Tory Government. Their ranks seem to be infiltrated by the old fashioned ultra-right, a that includes Nazi and fascist sympathisers, libellers, slanderers and fake-news fabricators of the “enemy within” kind.
Indeed, these are precisely the “bastards” that John Major warned the Tory Party about.
So, as a result the Tory Party itself is imploding as across the lands the populist and opportunist ultra-right get stronger, more brazen and more violent.
My opinion is that it’s time that all of this shit was brought to a conclusion.
But how? I may be completely wrong, but, here’s my how:
The Labour Party must take their best vision of Brexit to the EU. Now. Not after a general election and certainly not in October.
If the EU accept that vision then Labour should call for a general election based on the alignment-in-principle.
If the EU reject that vision (and all Labour alternative visions) then Labour should go back home and oppose all forms of Brexit based on that, safe in the knowledge that it did the right things right at the right time, but that Brexit wasn’t to be. And maybe even some of those who used the referendum as a protest vote will understand.
Predatory thinking will kill the enemy!
Try fast. Fail fast. Fail well. It isn’t rocket surgery.
This piece was first published at the goodstrat.com website: https://goodstrat.com/2019/06/24/brexit-bullshit-labour-must-lead/