The unbelievable hypocrisy of the Remoaner elite

In order to prevent No Deal ‘chaos’, establishment Remainers are now threatening to bring about... chaos.

Brendan O'Neill
Topics Brexit Politics UK

For three years, Remoaners in the political establishment have been issuing dire and ever-more hysterical warnings about life as we know it coming to a standstill if there is a No Deal Brexit. So they have come up with a plan to stall and thwart a No Deal Brexit by… bringing the country to a standstill.

Yes, their latest wheeze – and it’s a wheeze that exposes the undiluted hypocrisy that motors so many of these anti-democratic agitators against the referendum result of 2016 – is to offset the alleged chaos of a No Deal Brexit by generating their own kind of chaos. This is how determined they are to trash the votes of millions of people and maintain the status quo that vast numbers of us made it clear we want to change.

The plan, being proposed by Tory arch Remainer Dominic Grieve and Labour arch Remainer Margaret Beckett, is to make it impossible for the government to fund everyday life in the UK. These two, backed by other Brexit-haters in parliament, have tabled amendments to the system that authorises government spending, which would prevent four government departments – education, housing and local government, work and pensions, and international development – from using their budgets in the event of a Boris-backed No Deal.

In short, if Boris Johnson becomes PM and tries to push through a No Deal Brexit – something he occasionally hints at – then Remoaner wreckers would aim to bring about a government shutdown that would make vast areas of people’s daily lives a misery.

Schooling, housing issues, the oversight of local community life, issues to do with the payment of pensions, buses, bin collections, the payment of home helps who assist house-bound elderly people – so much of life could potentially be impacted upon by this cynical block on certain departments’ ability to spend money.

What makes it even worse is that these opponents of Brexit know that their actions wouldn’t necessarily stop a No Deal Brexit from going through, but they hope, in the words of a sympathetic New Statesman, that it would ‘make a No Deal Brexit still more chaotic’. All their blather about not wanting Britain to be plunged into chaos by Brexit, and now they will happily plunge Britain into chaos in order to prevent Brexit.

This plan – even the fact that elite Remoaners are contemplating it – is very revealing. First, it confirms that these people are not, as they constantly claim, merely worried about the wellbeing of ordinary people in Brexit Britain. Rather, their overarching, obsessive aim is the same as it has been for three years: to stop Brexit from happening. It’s all they care about.

Secondly, it utterly explodes all their fear-mongering and politicised hysteria about No Deal Brexit. It confirms that was all just propaganda designed to scare Brits out of their commitment to Brexit. That these people are now contemplating the very scenario they said us Brexiteers would bring about – government mayhem – shows that for them ‘chaos’ is just a political tool to be wielded against Brexit.

And thirdly, it shows what those of us who believe in democracy are up against. We are up against a political class that will stop at nothing to prevent the UK from making a clean, full break with the European Union. They will bring about hardship, hamper essential government activity, and trash democracy itself, all in pursuit of propping up a rotten status quo that the people have clearly rejected. These people are serious about trampling all over the democratic will – supporters of democracy must get serious too.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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Ross Edwards

3rd July 2019 at 12:57 am

What a ragefest you inspire Brendan.
Alvin Toffler forecast a societal nervous breakdown in a world where ever increasing rate of change induced collective neurosis. Reading this, and comments below suggest he may have nailed it LoL

Jerry Owen

4th July 2019 at 6:04 pm

The nervous breakdown is on the left .. they wake up twitching their noses for the sniff of…. Racism ! They spend their entire day looking for .. Racism !
They search the streets for .. Racists !
And when they can’t find one they pick on a gay little Asian reporter !


1st July 2019 at 6:21 pm

Remoaner elite is an oxymoron.
Elite: best in class, those who are superior in quality, rank, skill etc.
If everything written about remoaners is true (and it MUST be true if you read it here on Spiked), then they’re all bottom of the class.

Marvin Jones

1st July 2019 at 11:15 am

When the remain MPs who in their arrogant and asinine way blatantly tell us the winners, the voters who voted to leave, that we were much too stupid and illiterate to know what we were doing, and then openly and stubbornly go all out to destroy and reverse our choice, why are we hesitating to use the powerful tool of “Proroguing” Parliament. BUT ALAS! look at the pair of tossers we are left with.

Patricia Robinson

8th July 2019 at 5:17 pm

There are no winners.We all live in the same country.Brecit makes us all losers.Its not a football match. Brendan’s article is fact free scaremongering.Boris Johnson says he’ll prorogue parliament.Remsiners want to keep the economy going, not wreck it.Brexit is for the elite, not for the people.Wake up and smell the coffee

Neil McCaughan

30th June 2019 at 7:12 pm

Piano wire. You know it makes sense.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 6:22 am

…haha, it’s starting to

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 6:24 am

…sorry; l know you won’t appreciate this, and rightly so..but you are pretty funny.

Lucan Grey

30th June 2019 at 8:37 am

This whole charade is risible. All any MP voting for this measure will do is highlight that they are an enemy of the people.

The government would then be politically empowered to prorogue parliament, and they can work around any legalistic restrictions using the powers in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

Patricia Robinson

8th July 2019 at 6:20 pm

Noone is an enemy of the people.We all want what is best for this country.Not what is best for the millionaires and the wealthy pushing Brexit- Arron Banks , Duncan Smith, Ress-Mogg, Richard Rice,Tim Martin etc etc.Minimum wages, low taxes, deregulation forever.Id love to know what you get out of it Brendan.

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Linda Payne

29th June 2019 at 10:50 pm

This is beyond contempt, these anti democratic wankers will stop at nothing to defy the people of this country, stopping Government working and causing direct pain to people is what they are about now, well the gloves are off, we should take to the streets and do our best to storm Parliament

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 6:29 am

These kinds of things 7 aren’t forgotten5 and nor do they go away.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 12:18 pm

82…check it.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 12:26 pm

Sport time

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 1:51 pm

He called me fucking fifth-columnist.

Patricia Robinson

8th July 2019 at 6:31 pm

There’s no need to.You’ll get your no deal and I hope you enjoy it- that’s what you all need- a reality check .

Steve Roberts

29th June 2019 at 5:41 pm

Perfectly correct to point out the hypocrisy of the political class, it is a direct consequence of what many of us have been writing for three years now, these people will stop at nothing to maintain two things if possible, firstly remaining in the EU and secondly maintaining a level of social/political harmony that will ensure that there is little if any fundamental change to the status quo. Something will have to give and one may have to fall by the wayside because both seem an impossibility to achieve, even for this experienced managerial class the social/political circumstances make this unmanageable without some form of change.
O’Neill also writes that ” These people are serious about trampling all over the democratic will” which is reflected above but we also need to be clear on our side that we also do not entertain this win at all costs approach to leaving the EU.
Would it be democratic to support an executive manoeuvre of some kind to overrule the elected parliament, would implementing the royal prerogative be acceptable to achieve leaving the EU ?
What this raises is the wider questions of what democracy means beyond the referendum result been implemented, or is it acceptable to bury those wider questions to get to first base ?
And it needs saying that this is not just about the political class, there is the media, judiciary and civil service obstacles that may arise, which is strange when one considers some on the leavers side still hanker after these institutions for assistance etc, as if they are neutral bodies, that indicates the meaning of democracy and power is not yet understood.
Perhaps this is what O’Neill means when he says we need to get serious, this has become a political war, one side is playing the political battles without equivocation with a goal(s) as the objective and will stop at nothing, the other side still lacks clarity of purpose beyond leaving the EU.
Some will say “..lets see how far this can take us..” its the first stage etc, but is it or is the only goal the removal of the bad apples within the political class and exiting the EU, how will that prevent a future political class possibly emerging like the present one, where will the democratic accountability be,where is the real political power, how will that be changed ?
Perhaps the goal of leaving the EU cannot be achieved without many of the other questions been answered as we are facing an enemy of democracy that will stop at nothing.
Lets see how serious TBP takes all this and what it proposes this weekend regarding democracy and the forces we face.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 8:54 am

You spew so much rot in the hope that there is just too much rot to pull you up on.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 8:58 am

You can still cpoyright the name “Turgid Urgency” for ur punk band if you want to. I won’t stop you.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 12:15 pm


Patricia Robinson

8th July 2019 at 6:33 pm

Every time you write ‘ been’, what you really mean is ” being”

Valerie Killick

29th June 2019 at 2:07 pm

We should investigate why these fanatics are so anxious to remain tied to the corrupt EU bloc – I can only think they are receiving large wads of cash from the EU coffers – only money or power creates such fanaticism. If they are dreaming of a job in the elite of the EU they will be disappointed. The EU hates Britain, whether we are out of the EU, whether we pay them huge amounts or nothing at all, it makes no difference, they do not like us and will block any Brit from getting a job in their elite – God knows how Cathy Ashton managed it.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 9:12 am

Thanks for your post.

Pete Randall

29th June 2019 at 11:04 am

Like children who destry their toys, so that others cannot play with them.

It has always been a clear symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome and Brexit Derangement Syndrome that those opposed to either, would work to bring the whole thing to ruin rather than allow their ‘enemy’ to win, and blow the consequences. We are seeing it too with the Tory leadership race and another BDS.

Puerile behaviour, from those who consider themselves better than others. They should take some time to reflect on the possible consequences of their actions having damaged, fatally perhaps, whatever integrity there was in ‘democracy’, they may now find it difficult to get the genie back in the bottle. But they won’t…

Christopher Tyson

29th June 2019 at 10:02 am

Wasn’t it Margaret Beckett who proposed Corbyn as Labour leader and then became mortified when he actually won? Politicians who have been around a long time become more like civil servants. Our MPs are paid around 77K plus expenses. Those of us who are paid from the public purse need to show a little more humility, we shuffle around and look at our shoes if we try to justify why the state is paying us. Just saying if the axe starts swinging, we could start with careerist time servers like Beckett, she needs to be careful want she wishes for.

Jerry Owen

29th June 2019 at 10:07 am

‘ expenses’ fictional expenses as well don’t forget. Need to keep that moat clean !

Pete Randall

29th June 2019 at 10:51 am

To be honest, it’s the ones who claim for a Mars bar, or cycling up the road who really yank my chain. It demonstrates a complete disregard for doing what is morally correct and the fact that they can justify such dishonesty over a trivial matter of pence brings into question whether they have the fibre to do what is right on any other matter.

Also, seeing as they are clearly unable to’police’ themselves, it should be mandatory for MPs to declare their expenses, and outside earnings in their local newspaper and on their local party website, on a monthly basis.


1st July 2019 at 6:23 pm

Has Spiked changed its mind on the topic of MPs expenses?

Jerry Owen

29th June 2019 at 9:24 am

As I keep saying .. it’s all going to get rather nasty.
They will of course be hurting the old and poorest the first.. the demographics that by and large voted ‘ leave ‘.
Well. Bring it on, it was always going to happen !

Hana Jinks

29th June 2019 at 6:45 am

With the left in the ascendancy both politically and socially, …

..and make no mistake…The Levt run even the nominally-conservative Western political parties these days…shouldn’t this kind of development be seen as a kind of …

Is it any wonder? Is it really any wonder?

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 6:36 am


Patricia Robinson

8th July 2019 at 5:22 pm

The left in the ascendancy ? A Tory government for the last 9 years moving further right every day If only it were true!

mister wallace

29th June 2019 at 1:10 am

There’s no “unbelievable” hypocrisy at all. These SJWs, Remoaners and assorted alleged “progressives” know they are hypocrites and relish the term. They would all have done well in Stalin’s time; well, for a short time anyway, but would have gone to the firing squad knowing they know (knew) The Truth!

ray ward

28th June 2019 at 9:23 pm

There are trees and streetlamps. Buy rope.

Jerry Owen

29th June 2019 at 10:11 am

This is where we are headed.. or where we be headed !

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 9:15 am

Nice one Jerry, but I’m still prepared to concede that you’re probably a fifth-columnist.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 12:21 pm

…seriously dude.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 12:22 pm wanna be more careful with ur accusations.

Neil McCaughan

28th June 2019 at 6:35 pm

This hysteria about a perfectly normal trading relationship (WTO) is coming from an assortment of clods from the public sector, the acting trade, the BBC, Miss Cadwalladr’s “newspaper” and some ridiculous old farts like Grieve, Letwin and the grisly Yvette Balls.

Not one of whom has ever worked in the productive sector of the economy. It’s almost as if they don’t know what they are talking about.

Hana Jinks

29th June 2019 at 6:50 am

…yeah, really. Most of them seem like toads. It must be 95% at least. Wankers and opportunists.

Jamie Fletcher

28th June 2019 at 5:59 pm

Politicians now get all haughty if people talk in violent terms and I think we should be civil with those we don’t agree with.

But if pensioners stop getting their pensions just for political gains I think I know what will happen to the key politicians involved.

Margaret Potter

28th June 2019 at 6:48 pm

As an OAP I for one will be manning the barricades. It is about time all the Remainers (my MP included) were taught a democratic lesson and turfed out

Jane 70

29th June 2019 at 1:58 am

So will I! The sheer arrogance of these entitled ‘ representatives’ beggars belief.

Hana Jinks

29th June 2019 at 6:58 am

Jamie Fletcher.

They really are haughty. They’re supposed to be servants, but who has ever heard of a servant being paid the way they pay themselves!!?? Not to mention the pension.

It’s an utter outrage. They serve the banks.

Jane 70

29th June 2019 at 7:16 am

And imagine if local council services are suspended as a result: perhaps a rubbish revolt would ensue.
Furious residents dump overflowing sacks and wheelie bins outside the residences of Messrs Grieve, Beckett and their fellow brexit- wreckers.
Angry parents find that local schools and nurseries are closed; benefit payments are delayed causing added hardship.
Grieve is already facing deselection, yet on he goes.

Hana Jinks

1st July 2019 at 6:38 am

The only word l can find is “farce”.

Patricia Robinson

8th July 2019 at 5:20 pm

These things are likely to happen because of Brexit, not because it’s been prevented.Wake up all of you.A coterie of far right ERG and Brexit- party politicians are pushing it.Its not for the people but for the rich

Patricia Robinson

8th July 2019 at 6:24 pm

Remainers are trying to prevent these catastrophes.They are far more likely to happen because of no deal than by opposing it.Read other sources- don’t rely on Brendan for your ” news”!

Nigel Duffy

28th June 2019 at 5:22 pm

There must be emergency powers the government could use to prevent this surely, to protect the most vulnerable people in society. These people are not politicians. They are fanatical criminals, and should be treated as such.

Jamie Fletcher

28th June 2019 at 5:57 pm

Nigel, Yes if government doesn’t function then the Queen can suspend parliament and appoint whoever she wants to take control. All power ultimately rests with the crown.

James Knight

28th June 2019 at 4:08 pm

They went through denial, anger and bargaining phases of grief. They cynically rejected the soft Brexit May offered them. But now they find the fear, like the drugs, doesn’t work. Where do you go when you have been stuck on a volume setting of “eleven” for 3 years? Something closer to blackmail is required. That is what happens when you live in a bubble and your whole world view is crumbling around you.

Patricia Robinson

8th July 2019 at 6:21 pm

The ERG -Brexiters rejected it.They all voted against it.

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