Turning Brexit into a crime

Remainers are using the law to subvert the will of the people.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill

Topics Brexit Politics UK

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This week, the Remainer elite’s war on democracy reached fever pitch. There is now a distinct whiff of autocracy in their campaign to overthrow Brexit. Their aim seems to be to criminalise Brexit, to make it an actual offence to walk away from the European Union.

Remoaner politicians constantly complain about the rhetoric of Brexiteers. But this week their own rhetoric became genuinely alarming. They now speak openly about imprisoning those who try to bring about a clean-break Brexit (‘No Deal’). They compare politicians who refuse to extend Britain’s membership of the EU to common criminals.

So John Bercow, the puffed-up Speaker who abused his position in parliament to try to subvert the people’s will, says Boris Johnson will be no better than a ‘bank robber’ if he refuses to delay Brexit and take No Deal off the table.

Because the Benn Bill voted through by MPs last week outlaws No Deal and demands an extension to our membership of the EU, anyone who defies it is just a no-good criminal, Bercow says.

Meanwhile, anti-democratic lawyers are taking legal action in Scotland to ‘compel Boris Johnson to seek an extension to Article 50’. One of these lawyers – Jolyon Maugham – has said of Boris: ‘he’ll either see the extension or he’ll go to prison.’ That is, keep us in the EU or you will go to jail.

These people have lost it. It is a striking insight into their tyrannical mindsets that they can so casually speak of criminalising and jailing anyone who wants a clean-break Brexit and wants it now.

They are using the law to make it a crime to pursue the thing that millions of people voted for: leaving the EU. This genuinely feels like a coup, where a tiny but powerful elite uses its power and its connections to make it a crime for politicians to be faithful to the people’s will. They are tearing apart the democratic fabric of this nation.

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Trouble McTrouble

23rd September 2019 at 3:46 pm

There’s the old story of the science experiment of a live frog dropped into boiling water, immediately tried to escape. But a frog put into a pan of cold water and the temperature slowly raised until it was boiling, stayed put and boiled to death.

The same can be said for the UK now. We went into the Common Market and little by little and bit by bit, through the Maastricht Treaty and then the Lisbon Treaty, more and more we’ve been forced to go along with the EU against OUR country’s own best interests. However, because it’s been so slow and almost unnoticeable most don’t see the way our country has been almost completely destroyed.

However, if we’d been free all these years and only now were being shown the EU – most would see the rotting edifice for what it really is. A towering despotic monument to tyrannical narcissism and corruption…..given a vote to go in, like we were given with the Common Market, most would vote no. We would’ve been outraged at such a suggestion. But, because the water we’re sat in was brought to boil so slowly, many have got used to the degradation of our country, the almost base need to be seen to be openly hostile and hyper critical of our people – to hate the UK by its own people, is now considered not only normal, but almost required.

michael harris

16th September 2019 at 10:43 pm

Many years ago i researched, for a prize essay, the revolutions (failed) of 1848. I concentrated on the assembly of ‘liberals’ in Germany. Fine speeches extolling the glorious future of the German people when freed from the out of date little statelets where they were confined. And it struck me that these sentiments would be catnip a century later in Nuremberg.

Out of date little statelets, glorious future of our ‘European’ home. Fools waving the EU flag may be in for a shock. Political projects that rely on the accumulation of power don’t kick the habit. An integrated EU – not inevitable – offers nothing higher, nothing new. More likely WAR!

Glen Adams

16th September 2019 at 8:05 pm

I had an interesting experience today. On Twitter I stated that the Liberal Democrat’s should be named the Fascist Dictators…..and got a Twitter ban. You can’t make it up. It’s funny but there’s also a cold dark reality when ‘they’ can call whoever they want fascists or nazi but when the tables are turned……this is not going to end well.

Stephen Gwynne

15th September 2019 at 7:05 pm

EU liberal fascism will be televised unless you live in France.

Jerry Owen

14th September 2019 at 1:28 pm

I always wondered how democratic countries changed to anti democratic dictatorial countries.
We are witnessing it now, we can see how it starts. It is a slow drip drip of newspeak / doublespeak that is so relentless we are hypnotized by it, till to most is seems normal and to fight it seems pointless. it is like a slow cancer that creeps upon you and when you realize what is wrong it’s too late.
George Orwell’s vision is getting clearer by the day, what a magnificent man he was, history judges him more positively as each day passes.
I listened to BBC radio Surrey the other day discussing ‘yellow hammer’. Only two callers in 30 minutes were pro no deal. One worst scenario prediction has apparently been redacted, the BBC were at great pains to tell us numerous times that it must have been redacted because it was so awful and dreadful that it would scare the population witless.. unbelievable remainers now not prepared to use ‘project fear’ .. hilarious !
The presenter was actually suggesting that we just stay in the EU , not have another referendum or some sort of deal, just plain ‘remain’ in the EU.
We live in a tyrannical times, democracy is broken.
I thought my demonstrating on the streets days were over, but I am so incensed I want to be amongst tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands not marching on parliament but in the damned place and drag the bloody traitors out.

Dominic Straiton

14th September 2019 at 4:00 pm

Parliamentary sovereignty long proceeds the franchise. It could be we are seeing after a hundred years the clash of the two. Only one will survive.

Gareth Hart

14th September 2019 at 8:23 am

Let’s hope the current opposition who at this point hold all the power and are the de-facto Government do not extend criminalisation beyond Boris or introduce a (privately run) Chinese style Social Credit System. Otherwise, 17.4 million people will find their lives jeopardised merely for expressing what Parliament deems the wrong opinion in the ballot box.

I would not put it past them. Saying that, they may also consider revocation of Article 50 punishment enough and a stark, brutal and unequivocal message to give to the people – we’re in charge, we know best and know your place.

Peter Shrinks

14th September 2019 at 12:28 am

Boris should be brave enough to go to jail. On his way in, he should say in the loudest voice he has that he is being jailed for obeying the democratic will of the people and that his internment is the death of British democracy.

What happens to remainers and the whole political class after that? Eventually, there will be an election, if the tar and feathers don’t come out first.

steve moxon

13th September 2019 at 11:38 pm

Berkcow and Bremoaning MPs have disgraced themselves comprehensively to the point of political self-assassination. That seems to be the only reason someone hasn’t done it for them.
The point is being reached when this literally would become justifiable.
In the end, the complete refusal by the political class to engage in democracy in even the most basic way deserves and indeed may even require nothing less than systematic lethal violence. The astonishing totalitarianism of ‘identity politics’ / ‘PC’ is heading there anyway.
They seem to be banking on the population being so gobsmacked to the point of physical incapacitation through sheer shock at the endless and ever compounding bare-faced cheek that not even the extreme of extremists will come for ’em!
It really does seem to put paid to notions of ‘extreme right’ terrorists. Evidently there aren’t any.
There are folk by the million, though, who are dreaming of a resurrected Guy Fawkes.

William Thompson

14th September 2019 at 12:08 am

Or as JFK wrote “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable”. Its pretty clear on the comments section of the Gnardiu that the rhetoric they display is not a 2 way conversation or debate.

steve moxon

14th September 2019 at 1:48 am

The farrago over Brexit is another symptom of the massive political backlash that is ‘identity politics’ / ‘PC’, which has gone exponential and rapidly approaching an all-pervasive in-depth totalitarianism that is unprecedented. It’s a further sign we are on a trajectory to civil war, literally. The situation will become, if it isn’t already, far crazier than what went on in the 17th century to produce the English Civil War. The elitist-separatist hate-mongering bigotry with multiple lines of idiotic complete nonsense about the sexes, race, sexual orientation, climate change, etc, is a manufactured utter madness Pol Pot and Mao would have envied.

Robert Johnson

14th September 2019 at 11:13 am

Yes, the role of PC’ness with all the modern tributaries of identity politics and intersectionality etc can’t be ignored here. But worse still, its braying narratives successfully baffle, benumb and silence dissenters…the “bare-faced cheek” that you mentioned fueled by people well acculturated and adept at putting oppression narratives to work (and I would guess the majority of those people utterly believing in the truth and rightness of the narrative). Their heads have completely gone. We might still have the numbers outwith parliament but we are in historic territory now.

Jane Moorhouse

13th September 2019 at 7:13 pm

I think there is a legal document that Theresa May did not sign because she had no intention of leaving. That is why kicking the can down the road isn’t illegal. As far as I am aware Boris has signed this document which enshrines our leaving date into International Law.
Boris seems calm whilst Moynihan ,Blair, Macron are having desperate talks and Scottish Courts want him to be criminalised as does Grieve. The BBC are desperately going hammer and nails with their anti independence people to stop Brexit. They all look very worried to me. Boris doesn’t.

Gareth Edward KING

13th September 2019 at 6:23 pm

So, the way out of this mess still has to be a General Election. The current Parliament living out its duration will at maximum take us to July 2021. If all else fails and we don’t leave either October 31, or, God forbid, Jan 31, then what are they going to do? extend and further extend our leaving? And will the 27 EU heads of state be willing to see this go on and on ad infinitum? I can’t see how that can be expedient. The French government (one minister) has already said that enough is enough. The new pro- EU Italian government also at some point has to face an election too with expected disastrous results for the ‘Cinque Estelle’-PD unstable coalition. Something has to give, and it will. I’m optimistic.

Robert Johnson

13th September 2019 at 5:46 pm

Stick up for Brexit, stick up for The Lisbon Treaty’s Article 50 that is under savage attack by remoaners in their vaunted UK parliament and courts. EU law must prevail. This is about democracy. These remoaners hate the Lisbon Treaty’s Article 50 and they hate themselves for voting for it and ever having anything to do with it. And they don’t like leavers very much either.
It turns out, Article 50’s default leave option might kill people and send everybody over a cliff, which brings The Lisbon Treaty into disrepute along with anybody who hand in it, or read it without seriously flipping out, or voted for it, without realizing that it was a menace to all of us…a potentially deadly thing…it contained the idea that leave could mean leave (oh dear).

Jim Lawrie

13th September 2019 at 5:40 pm

They are asking a court to order Boris to sign the letter, or appoint someone to sign it on his behalf. All dressed up in the Latin that certain lawyers in Scotland still use to remind us of their standing. And they call Boris a snob.
Of course the pretentious gits don’t actually know Latin. But if they want to have it out in that language, I’m sure Boris will be happy to oblige.

So they are egging each other on to ever more emboldened changes in the law. This time they are openly assuming the authority to action their changes by exercising executive power by proxy.

Eric Praline

13th September 2019 at 5:14 pm

Brings home how shallow is our democracy. I always thought the saying that if voting changed anything they’d abolish it was glib and juvenile, but now I wonder. We’ve voted to make a potentially major change and they are trying to abolish the possibility.

What can we do?

Dominic Straiton

13th September 2019 at 6:16 pm

Poor old Bercow. Imagine your name going down the centuries as the worst speaker in parliamentary history. Imagine being a part of one of the worst parliaments in British history. No doubt they will all work for Goldman Sachs at some point.Time for an entirely different way of organising things.

Eric Praline

13th September 2019 at 6:28 pm

Funny, I commented on the Guardian that he was a short-arsed red-faced c**t (suspect this place is a bit censorious itself) and blow me down the comment was removed.

Ven Oods

14th September 2019 at 2:08 pm

“Poor old Bercow”

Hardly! All this shenanigans with him at the helm is pushing up the amount of advance his inevitable book will attract.

Jonathan Castro

14th September 2019 at 8:44 pm

Storm parliament, in the millions, at the date of the next Brexit betrayal – 1st November.

Warren Alexander

13th September 2019 at 4:52 pm

If you don’t obey your betters you will be punished! Nanny knows best.

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