The people of the United Kingdom can finally turf out the nation’s most dysfunctional parliament. It still refuses to implement the people’s will from the Brexit referendum in June 2016, more than three years ago.
The Brexit Struggle
The United Kingdom should have left the European Union on March 31st, 2019. Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, a soft remainer elected by her party following the referendum, called an early general election in June 2017. It backfired, with her party losing its majority in the House of Commons.
May’s negotiated withdrawal agreement with the European Union was dubbed Brexit in name only by Leave campaigners. The Opposition Labour, Liberal Democats, Greens and Scottish National Party firmed their preference to ignore the Brexit referendum. They deemed leaving the European Union too economically damaging, even though it’s what the people voted for.
Together with Brexit hardliners (including Boris Johnson), the House of Commons voted down May’s agreement three times; the EU granted a leave extension until October 31st. May fell on her sword and resigned in May. Boris Johnson was elected the Conservative Party leader by a ratio of 2 to 1 party members. He became Prime Minister in July.
Johnson’s Brexit Strategy
Boris Johnson made his ambitions clear for the UK to leave the European Union, deal or no deal, by October 31st. He famously proclaimed he’d rather die in a ditch than delay Brexit. Johnson has staked his entire Prime Ministership on achieving Brexit.
The political elites have made achieving this goal as difficult as possible. His executive authority has been crippled by the dysfunctional hung parliament that he inherited from Theresa May. Twenty-nine Conservative Party traitors defied their party whip and supported suspending the parliamentary agenda, to pass legislation making a no-deal Brexit illegal.
Parliament then passed legislation binding Boris Johnson to write to the European Union requesting a Brexit extension. Given that no-deal had been made illegal, Boris Johnson simply re-proposed Theresa May’s leave deal to the parliament but with a stronger Northern Irish backstop.
Even though the parliament had made no-deal illegal, they did not pass the soft Brexit deal with the European Union. This was despite just days remaining until the leave deadline. On October 28, the other 27 EU member states granted the UK a Brexit extension which expires on January 31, 2020.
The UK’s centre-left minor party, the Liberal Democrats, have vowed to cancel Brexit and support a second referendum. They call this a ‘People’s Vote’, a vote on the final Brexit deal which they believe would be voted down. The Liberal Democrats were the choice party for remainers at the UK European Parliamentary election, coming second to the Brexit Party.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a national socialist, was happy to implement the people’s will and return sovereignty to them by voting for Brexit in parliament. However, he has now been captured by the Blairites in the party who never wanted Corbyn as their leader, and he now answers to the globalists and political elites.
The Blairites also support a second referendum and cancelling Brexit, but given the division in the Labour Party is so obvious, they know they would be trounced at a fresh general election. They have succeeded in having Jeremy Corbyn vote against an election in the House of Commons three times. The Blairites prefer to simply use the dysfunctional parliament to further frustrate the Brexit process.
Of course, it is a ludicrous state of affairs for a Prime Minister not to have a working majority, yet the parliament is refusing an election or to pass a motion of no confidence.
A further obstacle to an election resolving the Brexit deadlock is the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. The legislation requires a two-thirds Commons majority to hold an early election before the five-year term of the parliament expires.
Brexit Election On
Boris Johnson, after failing three times to obtain this two-thirds majority, introduced legislation to simply override the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. Once the Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats agreed to support this election legislation, Jeremy Corbyn finally defied the Blairites and, satisfied that a no-deal Brexit was off the table, supported the legislation.
The election legislation passed the House of Commons 438-20 and a general election is to be held on Thursday 12th December 2019, for all 650 constituency seats. It is the first UK winter election since 1923, meaning it will be cold and dark on the campaign trial and just before Christmas.
This election is viewed as a four-cornered contest with the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Brexit Party having the largest campaigning machines. Other minor players are the Green Party and the local parties in Wales, Scotland and Northern Island.
The UK uses the first-past-the-post voting system, so if a certain voting constituency splits its vote between two candidates, it can lose to its main opposition. Therefore, there is much talk about voters needed to cast their ballots tactically.
Vote splitting is most likely to affect the centre-left, as the Liberal Democrats would like to overtake Labour as the main opposition party. The Brexit Party, founded and led by Nigel Farage, only has one goal: achieving Brexit.
Farage has repeatedly said he is open to limiting his field of candidates to help Boris Johnson achieve a Brexit parliamentary majority, post-election. Polling currently has the Conservatives first, with 36% of the vote.
If Johnson does achieve a Brexit majority, there is still the possibility of leaving with a better deal, or if he was still feeling really devious, he could try and instigate another no-deal scenario as a form of political revenge against the elites.
Brexit IS The Only Issue
This will be a Brexit election, as it should be. While many consider it a single issue, it will shape the domestic policy of the UK for many years to come. The real people’s vote happened in 2016, leave means leave and polling on leave has seen its popularity grow since then. Even some who voted remain believe the Brexit mandate should be implemented.
Since the 2016 referendum, Australia has had two federal elections, while the UK is still in the European Union. When the Australian public voted for same-sex marriage in 2017, it passed in less than a month.
If the public of the UK wants Brexit finally achieved, then it should be obvious how the public should vote and who it needs to turf out.