The declaration: Lost by 344 votes to 286, a Majority of 58, the Nos have it.
15 January 2109, Lost by 432 to 202, a Majority of 230; 12 March, Lost by 391 to 242, a Majority of 149; 29 March 2109, Lost by 344 votes to 286, a Majority of 58. What now?
Parliament has today voted down our Government’s proposal to leave the European Union for a third (and probably final time). Watching from the sidelines, it is not pretty.
It reminds me of the is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done, namely resolve the Brexit conundrum and leave with a deal. Everybody was sure that Somebody would do stop the exit without a deal. Anybody could have stopped it, but Nobody did it. Somebody will get angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job to stop a no deal. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. The clock ticked and we left with no deal. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.
That’s what it looks like to me. Today, leader column inches in the national press have been written about the failure of Mrs May and the government, the failure of our first past the post electoral system, the failure of the Conservative party, the failure of the Labour party, the failure of the referendum… the failure of…, but the reality is the everybody has failed. The people voted, but in almost three years, the politicians couldn’t sort it out.
With today’s vote, no deal seems the obvious solution, but nobody wants it. At what point does fatigue set in and objectivity set off?
Just as people underestimated the Leave arguments in 2016, Parliament is making the same mistake this time by indulging their predilection for Remain in some form or another when all Labour and Conservatives MP’s stood on a manifesto to honour the referendum result.
If Parliament wants to derogate their responsibility by holding another another referendum it should be between No Deal or May’s deal. That is what parliament is being asked.
The Gordian Knot tied between the UK and Europe is extremely complex. Can anyone untie it? It will take another Alexander the Great to cut it and free the UK from Europe.
Arise Alexander the Great. Who do I see on the horizon? My vision is blurred.
I voted Remain, but now I believe we should leave and get on with making our new future outside Europe, trading once again as a free nation, etc.
Our priorities lie with health and education, with tackling crime and inequality, with trade and creating wealth, and not with dancing on the head of a pin over whether assurances are or are not legally binding.
No one on either side of the Channel, I believe, wants to make life more difficult than it need be.
We must trust the EU to do right by us as they trust us to do right by them. With that mantra, cannot we solve all problems?