In response to Kathy Gyngell: Power-crazy May shreds the last remnants of trust,
Mrs May would prefer to avoid the obloquy of directly overturning Brexit but if that is what is required, it is what she will do.
She knows, as we all do, that this parliament will not vote for leaving without a deal even if that means giving the EU unlimited power to impose the deal of its own choosing, which will be one that cripples the UK as far as possible.
She knows, also as we all do, that extending Article 50 will change nothing except provide additional time to frighten the electorate with more terrifying threats about the consequences of no deal. If she couldn’t get a better deal in the two years she’s had to negotiate, a few more weeks will make no difference.
In fact she has the deal that she instructed Robbins to make in collusion with Barnier, which is one that is so unacceptable to a majority of MPs and the electorate that they will not accept it and will therefore be forced to abandon Brexit.
This is a game of chicken which the EU cannot lose and yet we play willingly. Why?
The abandonment of Brexit has been the objective all along and Remainers have pursued it in full knowledge of the damage that it will do to the political fabric of the country. Loyalty to the ideal of European federalism has always outweighed their fidelity to their country.
When Brexit supporters and waverers lose heart, as they understandably must when they see how powerless they are against the absolute power of parliament to cheat them, they should bear in mind before surrendering:
1) There will never be another chance to escape. We will stay in the EU until it goes down under the weight of its own intractable defects, taking us with it;
2) The cost of resuming our membership will be as high as any that might ensue from Brexit. The Commission has said that the opt-outs and the rebate are dead. We will be so weakened in relation to Brussels that we will be obliged to join the euro and the European Army and any other EU policy concocted and to support the march to federalism which is under way with plans for economic union.
While the elites publicly lament the supposed passing of the liberal world order and the rise of populism, what we Europeans are witnessing is the progressive blurring of the crucial distinction between elected politicians and unaccountable bureaucrats. Tweedledum and Tweedledee merge into a single remote entity and democracy with it if we stay in the EU.
Every member of the ERG should now tell May that they are going to vote against ALL government legislation and if necessary bring the government down. May’s capitulation is the biggest act of treachery in modern political history and she needs to be brought down as quickly as possible.
We need an Oliver Cromwell to dissolve this Parliament as he did in 1653 with this famous speech, the majority of which applies to the remainer majority of those sitting in parliament today.
It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice.
Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government.
Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess?
Ye have no more religion than my horse. Gold is your God. Which of you have not bartered your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turned the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices?
Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.
Your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings in this House; and which by God’s help, and the strength he has given me, I am now come to do.
I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place.
Go, get you out! Make haste! Ye venal slaves be gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.
In the name of God, go!