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Monstrous, infamous treachery


FINALLY we are starting to get clarity on Brexit. The only deals that the EU and its members will accept have either been rejected by Parliament (repeatedly) or involve placing part of the UK in EU jurisdiction. One of the EU’s functionaries, David Sassoli, the president of the European Parliament, states that there will be no more negotiation until we have a second referendum or a general election. We now have the EU Parliament trying to dictate how UK democracy should work.

This position surely eclipses the Benn Bill – what is the point of requesting an extension if the EU has no intention of negotiating?

Meanwhile the EU’s incoming chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, is calling for more EU troops and to be prepared to use them. That’s right, a diplomat you have never heard of is planning to deploy armed forces that we were repeatedly told that we’re not part of but are included in May’s Brexit deal. 

I have just read David Cameron’s book, which is well worth it. He is absolutely clear that the EU didn’t (and couldn’t) give him enough, that calling the referendum was the right decision (and not on party political grounds) and, crucially, that those who voted to leave knew what they were doing. He is also clear that the referendum result must be implemented. That’s right, the person who framed the referendum and led the campaign to remain thinks we must leave.

Instead, it emerges that our travesty of a Speaker has been discussing how to frustrate the referendum outcome, and that Philip Hammond, the former Chancellor now of no fixed political abode, has also been making proposals directly to the EU; the Hammond solution being to remain in the single market, which is of course not Brexit.

I do not see how it can be correct for parts of the Remain camp in Parliament to be masquerading as an alternative government, effectively undermining the operations of the one that we elected by seeking to discuss an alternative deal. It is simply monstrous, infamous treachery.

Much now rests on the interpretation of Parliamentary procedure by Speaker Bercow, who seems incapable of impartiality. He and his Parliament are a disgrace and in the past three years have turned a democratic triumph into a political drama. They now appear hell-bent on a course that can only lead to constitutional disaster.

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Patrick Benham-Crosswell
Patrick Benham-Crosswell
Patrick Benham-Crosswell is a former Army officer who has spent the last 30 years in commerce. He is the author of Net Zero: The Challenges, Costs and Consequences of the UK's Zero Emission Ambition. He has a substack here.

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