Another Brexit Day comes and goes

The Remoaner elites laughing about the fact that we are still in the EU have no idea how nasty they sound.

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill

Topics Brexit Politics UK

Another Brexit Day has come and gone. Boris Johnson said we would leave the EU today, ‘do or die’, and yet here we are, still in the EU. And according to Remainers it is all so hilarious. They’re ripping the piss out of the UK’s failure – its third one so far – to leave the EU on a set date. Let’s be clear about what these people are really laughing at, what they are really taking pleasure in. They are revelling in the third stark betrayal of a democratic vote; in the silencing of millions of people; in the disenfranchisement, essentially, of voters they disagree with. Their joy at the uneventful passing of another Brexit Day is really joy that the largest collection of voters in British history is still being defied and demeaned by the powers-that-be.

There is something very strange in the Remoaner chortling at the UK’s ongoing failure to enact the democratic will. Many people of a pro-EU persuasion are using today as an opportunity to have another go at the PM. They’re saying: ‘Boris said we’d be out today. He said he would rather die in a ditch than still be in the EU after 31 October. And yet we haven’t left. What a liar.’ This is mad. The reason today has become No Brexit Yet Again Day is not because Boris lied, but because the Remain establishment continually prevented him from enacting even his super-soft Brexit, or Brexit In Name Only, as many of us prefer to call it. MPs passed laws and campaigners used all manner of dirty legal tricks to ensure that Boris’s deal did not get through parliament and to force him to go back to Brussels and beg for another extension to the Article 50 process (and to our membership of the EU).

So the very same people who tied Boris’s hands, or cheered the tying of Boris’s hands, and who have devoted themselves to ensuring we never leave the EU, are now saying: ‘We haven’t left the EU. How many more Tory lies will people put up with?’ It takes industrial levels of brass neck for the plotters and blockers who spend their every tragic waking hour thwarting Brexit to turn around and say to Boris: ‘You said we’d be out “do or die”!’ It is testament to their profound disconnection from ordinary people that they think we will nod along with their Boris-bashing on Boris’s failed Brexit Day, when of course a great many voters are thinking: ‘Yes, we know we’re not out of the EU. You anti-democrats made damn sure of that.’

Unsurprisingly, the most vocal of the anti-democrats who are opposed to enacting the people’s will – Labour MP David Lammy – is using Non-Brexit Day to gloat about the failure of Brexit more broadly. He says, in reference to earlier dates when the establishment failed to uphold their promise to leave the EU, ‘They told us we would leave on 29 March. We didn’t. They told us we would leave on 12 April. We didn’t. Then they told us we would leave on 31 October. We won’t. Now they say we will leave on 31 January. But our message is clear: Brexit must not happen without a #PeoplesVote.’

Strip away all the pseudo anti-establishment blather in statements like this, and you will see that what Lammy and others are really laughing about is the blocking of a democratic vote, the failure and unwillingness of the political elite to obey the instruction that was clearly, fairly and democratically delivered to it by the people.

So have your fun. Go wild with your hashtags. Make your lame jokes about the lack of riots or protests today. But be aware of this: millions and millions of people look at you and see not clever, funny activists bemoaning Boris’s failure to deliver Brexit on 31 October, but an increasingly distant and harsh elite that is taking pleasure in the destruction of 17.4million votes. If you’re celebrating the non-appearance of Brexit on Brexit Day, then you’re celebrating the silencing of millions of voices who just wanted change and progress in British politics; you’re celebrating the most flagrant denial of democracy in the history of the franchise in this country.

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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Marvin Jones

3rd November 2019 at 1:15 pm

Superb article Brendan, and I agree with everything in it. “BUT!” you are surely much too intelligent to support Boris and his inherent juvenile to lie through his teeth, and use May’s incessant and continuous deceit and lying to make monkeys out of us from the first days of her PM ship. Do you really, really believe that Boris really, really believed in his phoney rants about the date and the ditch? Could he be so terrified of Nigel exposing how bogus this wonderful deal is? will this rumour of labour having this bounce in the polls make him think again about a pact with Nigel?

John Millson

1st November 2019 at 8:43 am

No, there is nothing to ‘rejoice’ over ‘No Brexit Day’ because the whole thing is a cocked-up mess. It stinks. Three and half miserable years and counting…
In another era, let’s say 1975, before ‘populism’, meaning no idiots like Corbyn anywhere near power, an Opposition leader would have passed May’s WA, exerting more pain on the Tories. We would be in a Transition period, i.e. a pragmatic, common-sense Brexit – it wouldn’t be a so-called ‘super-soft’ or ‘Brexit in name only.’ People would just get on with their lives despite the ERG and their Faragist allies.
Johnson is being ‘punished’ because of his and Cummings’ dishounour and mendacity. The Tories keep choosing turkeys.

Conrad Mason

1st November 2019 at 2:38 pm

Is it any wonder that the Johnson debacle is an utter laughing stock? The man is a buffoon. Not one parliamentarian has any balls. They’re all on the EU gravy train therefore why would they not bullshit those of us who ticked leave… what seems like aeons since. They will continue the duplicity until the leave vote is left in ruins and the country is plunged into further chaos. Politicians?… I’ve shit ’em!

Jerry Owen

1st November 2019 at 4:54 pm

John Millson
Brexit is easy. The remoaner elites have purposely obstructed it at every turn, even to the extent of creating a non existent irish border situation.
People like you that continue to whinge don’t help either, just accept the democratic vote was to leave. When a party gets into No 10 that I don’t approve of, I just shrug my shoulders accept it and get on with my life, I don’t continuously whinge and wine for years after.

Hugo van der Meer

2nd November 2019 at 12:06 pm

Jerry Owen.

Yes, yes, and thrice yes… to your most succinctly written perspective. Ever thought about going into politics?

Jerry Owen

31st October 2019 at 11:11 pm

The odious Soubry was interviewed on sky news, I managed to stomach her interview. She blamed the nastiness of the people towards politicians on Brexit, Trump, Farage and Boris’s language .. ‘straight out of the Trump book of language’. She managed to shoehorn in Jo Cox her mother and her husband.
Apparently her husband has had a death threat… An RIP card in the post !
Apparently Soubry wants the good old days of politics to return .. would those be the days when the will of the people in a democratic vote was consented to ?
Her fake outrage was as poorly transmitted as Jess Phillips working class mannerisms.

Geoff Cox

31st October 2019 at 10:07 pm

Whenever I hear/see David Lammy’s name, I am reminded of what someone (I forget who, I’m afraid) said about him:

“David Lammy reminds me of an old style African dictator – a fat man with a big stick”.

Michael Lynch

31st October 2019 at 9:44 pm

Brass necks, and impeachment, is all they have to offer now, Brendan. The Remain Parliament has made itself the laughing stock of the entire world. They pretend to do democracy but everyone can see through them. I only hope the British people do have the nouse to vote well and remember that first past the post is not proportional.

Dominic Straiton

31st October 2019 at 7:56 pm

Boris might win an election but Brexit is just the start of a process to wrest power from the forces of a (literally)bankrupt “globalism” . Its going to be far harder than an election. At stake is the very notion of freedom.

James Knight

31st October 2019 at 5:52 pm

Remoaners wanted to put Johnson in prison for taking the UK out of the EU which is exactly what people voted for. And of course the EU granted another long extension, as we always knew they would. Twice they have now been exposed in a massive bluff.

The upcoming election will afford the opportunity to give those smug and smarmy Remoaners a reality check.

Jerry Owen

31st October 2019 at 5:07 pm

Cameron gave us the referendum and promised to honour the result , he didn’t. May said a hundred times or more that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ we didn’t get a ‘no deal’. Boris said we would be out by the 31st ‘deal or no deal’ we are not.
He’s not even had the decency to die in a ditch !
The stark conclusion is that the tory party has had a series of liars as leaders.
Can any ‘leaver’ in their right mind vote tory again ? Vote for the Brexit Party.
We need to smash the two party non democratic state, sure it’ll take time and we may not reap the benefits ourselves ( hopefully later generations will ), but we have to start somewhere now is the ideal time with the ideal goal.
This is a battle as big as getting the vote or trades unions being recognized, in fact even bigger. History will view this as a seismic battle we must continue not to give in.
The arch war criminal Blair made an interesting point the other day in an interview about not wanting labour to agree to a GE. He made the point that there are many people that although not wanting to leave the EU, would rather suffer Brexit than suffer a Corbyn government.
Quite how that would affect polling remains to be seen.
Everything is to play for, tactical voting is not something I have ever subscribed to, I have always been of the belief that even if your candidate has no chance of winning if he is the candidate you support then support them you should out of principle.
From little acorns … as they say.

Jim Lawrie

1st November 2019 at 9:00 am

He did not say “I’d rather die in a ditch”
It is hard to be “dead in a ditch” when you’ve been stabbed twenty times in the back.
He was asked “Can you make a promise to the British public that you will not go back to Brussels and ask for another delay to Brexit?”
His immediate reply “Yes, I can. I’d rather be dead in a ditch … ” while the woman reporter who asked the question tried to talk over him with another question.

Jerry Owen

1st November 2019 at 4:55 pm

I stand corrected and humbled !!

Stephen J

1st November 2019 at 9:01 am

Absolutely right Jerry, vote according to principal rather than some erroneous tactical vote.

The ordinary citizen never has enough knowledge to decide tactics.

Vote Brexit Party, if you want brexit, it is the only party that is unambiguous about leaving. Then, no matter what TACTICS any other side devise… They will lose.

Winston Stanley

31st October 2019 at 4:32 pm

Yep, groundhog day yet again. The party politicians need to meet the ppl, accept democracy and move on. To mix pop references, as the Ancient One told Dr Strange, the first lesson is that, “it is not about you”. I seriously doubt that this Westminster lot will ever learn that lesson.

Forlorn Dream

31st October 2019 at 3:57 pm

They want to wear us down but this will never happen.

I think we should have a Brexit anthem. I’d like to propose, Something Inside So Strong by Labi Siffre.

Ven Oods

31st October 2019 at 4:25 pm

Or, for a Remain anthem, The Enema Variations?

Jane 70

31st October 2019 at 4:37 pm

Good one! I thought ‘Let’s go round again’ by the Average White Band.
The group’s name would probably lead to ‘cancellation’ though, indicating as it does unearned white privilege.
Or, my favourite-Hotel Remainia -‘ You can check out, but you can never leave’.

Perverted Lesbian

31st October 2019 at 3:57 pm

I just checked out Lammy’s constituency to see if there is a glimmer of hope he will get roughed up during the GE, alas, no, he has a majority of 34,000. No wonder he can spout as he pleases, without fear… Ahh well, one day we will have left the EU and we can start the hashtag

Ven Oods

31st October 2019 at 3:55 pm

I can’t say I’ve encountered any laughing or gloating (probably just sighs of – temporary – relief).
But I definitely did notice the illogical burblings about Boris’s ‘lies’, from the very people who scuppered his attempts to do Brexit.
I’m beginning to understand Trump’s point about ‘fake nooz’.

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