Why the UK Repeatedly Stumbles Heading for the Brexit

MAGA–hat owners would feel right at home on the streets of London. Moseying along wary of a sneak attack by leftist thugs, they’d be secure in the knowledge that in the UK, just as in the US, government institutions are run by individuals adamantly opposed to them and any public policy they support.

Daryl Cagle

Specifically, those individuals are leftists who are currently very disenchanted with democracy. In both instances, the disenchantment dates back to 2016.

As Christopher Caldwell — author of ‘Reflections on the Revolution in Europe’ — explained at a recent Claremont Institute discussion, the 2016 UK referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union (Brexit for short) was a throw–away gesture on the part of then Prime Minister David Cameron.

The referendum was proposed with the same sincerity that Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell employs when he promises to balance the federal budget or repeal Obamacare. Cameron called for the vote to silence anti–EU critics in his own party. After the vote failed, he could go on about the business of transforming the UK into a wholly–owned subsidiary of the trans–national elite.

That was a predictable mistake. Caldwell explains, “The Tory party is 75 percent pro–Brexit at the base, but not at the leadership level. Cameron never thought Brexit would pass.”

On June 23rd Brexit did pass by a 52 to 48 percent majority in an election with the largest turnout in UK history.

Four months later democracy failed again when Donald Trump was elected president.

As 2017 began conservatives in both countries learned the Resistance in the US and Remain in the UK had more than a consonant in common.

Brexit supporters quickly discovered, in Caldwell’s words, “At the heart of Brexit all the decisions are being made by the institutions that were repudiated by Brexit.” That’s why three years after the vote to leave, the UK is still in the EU. The Remainers are acting against the will of the electorate.

Just as only one presidential candidate was legitimate in the eyes of the left here, in the UK only “one outcome [was] legitimate in terms of the Brexit referendum.”

Besides delay, the Remainder counterattack to Brexit reveals what low and dishonest creatures they truly are. Led by their pet newspaper, The Independent, Remainers are now proposing another election, as if referendums, like marriages, are something you keep doing until you get it right.

Brexit on the rebound is termed either the “Final Say” or “People’s Vote,” meaning if the right people vote this time we’ll win,

And they aren’t content with just another bite of the same apple. This vote is clearly designed to defeat Brexit. Three choices are proposed: 1. Remain. 2. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal. 3. No Deal.

The two Brexit alternatives are designed to split the Brexit vote while concentrating the Remain vote. It’s election as sham. Remain would win with a plurality, which is close enough for government work.

Here the response wasn’t a new election. It was to nullify the votes of 63 million people. As White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller told the Washington Examiner, “[Anti–Trump] career federal employees believe they are under no obligation to honor, respect, or abide by the results of a democratic election. Their view is, ‘If I agree with what voters choose, then I’ll do what they choose. If I disagree with what voters choose, then I won’t, and I’ll continue doing my own thing. So basically, it’s heads I win, tails you lose.”

That’s why Trump can’t build a wall, can’t deport illegals, can’t limit legal immigration and can’t penalize employers who hire illegals. His short attention span doesn’t help, but even if Trump had the focus of LeBron James chasing a Chinese endorsement contract, he would still be fighting for every inch of progress.

The stakes are cosmic for conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic. In Caldwell’s view, “Brexit is crucial in that it is the moment that does or does not roll back trans–national organizations.” The fight will decide whether or not the UK can set its own course for the future.

Here Trump against the Resistance may well be the last chance to control our borders and decide who is and who isn’t a citizen of the USA.

The left’s distaste for the results of the 2016 election remind me of East German communist playwright Bertolt Brecht’s joke, “Some party hack decreed that the people had lost the government’s confidence and could only regain it with redoubled effort. If that is the case, would it not be be simpler, If the government simply dissolved the people and elected another?”

Sounds like a plan say Resistance and Remain.

Brexit: UK Experiences Bureaucratization Without Representation

Call it the Forty–Year Itch, there’s something about being in a larger combination of former opposites that causes husbands and nations to get restive. Forty–four years after the Constitution was ratified in the United States the nation experienced the Nullification Crisis. That’s when South Carolina declared tariffs passed by Congress in 1828 and 1832 were null and void and would not be enforced.

Farage BrexitNow 43 years after joining the European Union, the United Kingdom is having second thoughts about being a member of a ramshackle confederation run by pointy–headed cappuccino–drinkers in Brussels. This means there are two consequential elections this year that pit the forces of tradition and history against the promise of a trendy utopia just around the corner, if you’ll shut up and follow orders today.

We won’t find out if nationalist Donald Trump will defeat national nanny Hillary Clinton until November, but the citizens of the UK will find out June 23rd.

The EU vote is called Brexit and the American Conservative Union held a panel on the controversy this week that featured Nile Gardiner, a former advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, current PM David Cameron’s former Senior Advisor Steve Hilton and FOX News national security analyst KT McFarland.

The panel’s consensus was a Brexit exit would be good for the UK. Gardiner characterizes the vote as one between the elite and the man–in–the–street. The UK “is no longer a free country.” The nation’s courts are “subservient to EU courts” and Hilton points out that over half of current government activity goes toward enforcing EU rules and regulations with which the UK government actively disagrees.

This Brussels’ usurpation by executive order effectively disenfranchises the majority of UK voters that elected Cameron and his Tory government.

Ironically, the “Remain Campaign” is led by Cameron, who evidently doesn’t mind being neutered as long as he gets to keep the Downing Street address and the perks. The Brexit vote and the fault line it exposes between leaders and led is much like the illegal alien controversy we have here.

Financial interests, cosmopolitans and cheap labor exploiters like illegal immigration because it puts money in their pocket and the people hurt are invisible in their social circles. The UK equivalents support remaining in the EU for many of the same reasons. Unfortunately for party leadership in conservative circles both here and in the UK, the base here wants illegal immigration stopped and the base in the UK wants out of the EU.

Cameron promised a referendum as a bit of throwaway red meat during the election campaign. He assumed he would be forming a coalition in Parliament and the partner would block the vote. He vastly underestimated the power of the issues and was astonished when the Tories won outright and didn’t need a partner.

Now Cameron’s forced to have the vote and the process hasn’t done anything to rekindle an affinity with his base and it’s made him something of a pariah on the continent. His own party is split with an insurgent camp urging “Leave” while he clings to “Remain.”

The situation didn’t improve for him when the largest newspaper in Britain, The Sun, urged a “Leave” vote because “at the ballot box, we can correct this huge and historic mistake. 
It is our last chance. Because, be in no doubt, our future looks far bleaker if we stay in.”

Hilton says much of the campaign by “Remain” forces pits the sovereignty argument for leaving against an economy argument for remaining. But he contends that’s a false dichotomy. “The vote about sovereignty is a vote about economics”. Gardiner predicts a rosy future for the UK outside the EU. “The economy will be more vibrant, stronger and more prosperous.”

As support for “Remain” has declined the campaign has become more frenzied. The warnings of Project Fear, as it’s commonly termed, are now described by Gardiner as a “combination of the Walking Dead and Godzilla.

One indication of Cameron’s alienation and desperation was his decision to bring that master of diplomacy Barack Obama to London to lecture the public on why they should vote to “Remain.”

In Gardiner’s words the visit was “an astonishing slap in the face and an absolute disgrace.” Obama’s special magic resulted in a decline in Remain support that has continued until today. The latest polling shows “Leave” to be ahead by up to 10 points, reversing what had been a substantial “Remain” advantage.

Hilton sums up the EU as “an organization with three presidents, none of whom are elected.” Which may explain Obama’s eagerness to get involved. Maybe he’s hoping for a third, fourth and fifth term overseas once he wears out his welcome here.