Whether you were a Remainer or a Brexiteer, I think it’s safe to say that this morning the majority of Brits (myself included) were surprised to find that the referendum vote went in favour of a Brexit. Despite being very pro-Europe and a strong believer in European unity, I was in the Brexit camp, and I found myself with some unlikely bedfellows. No doubt many will say that Brexit means a lurch to the right, but Britain has been a neo-con right wing madhouse for years now, and it comes from both of the two main political parties. I went Brexit to give two fingers to Washington and to try to prevent World War Three. On this blog I have banged-on about how totally wacko the EU referendum debate has been, with no real issues being talked about. This lack of reality, served-up by the politicians and presstitutes, made many people confused about the vote. Bottom line, this was all about the American empire and its control of Europe, which is why someone like me had to hold their nose and try to avoid the smell of kippers.
Whatever your take on it, Brexit is a mega historical event, if it happens… prime minister David Cameron did not resign this morning (as I believe he should have done). Instead he announced his intention to resign in 3 months time, and he said he would leave it to his successor to invoke article 50, which will make Britain’s exit from the EU legally binding.
A referendum is advisory rather than mandatory. Yesterday’s Leave vote does not put any legal obligation on the government to carry through the wishes of the people. Cameron’s ‘resignation speech’ this morning has kicked the can further down the road for at least another 3 months, and anything could happen over the next three months. There’s a long history in the EU of governments ignoring referendum votes. Denmark held a referendum in June 1992 and voted against the Maastricht treaty, the re-negotiated version was approved in a second referendum in May 1993. In 2001 Irish voters rejected the Treaty of Nice, and likewise in a second referendum in 2002 it was approved. France voted in May 2005 against the proposed European Constitution, so the EU decided to modify the text and sign it as a treaty by the national governments, on which a referendum would have no influence (this is what we have today as the Treaty of Lisbon). It goes on and on, and of course the most recent example was last summer, when the Greek people voted against ‘austerity’, and the supposed anti-austerity Syriza government completely ignored them.
So, Brexiteers, don’t start celebrating too soon; and you Remainers might well find that you remain in the EU.
And let’s not forget that amongst all the histrionics an MP was murdered.