We continue to head towards the important decision, and now Parliament has a new-ish draft Withdrawal Agreement on the table, though they have voted to defer a vote and so forced the PM to ask the EU for another extension of the deadline for Brexit. Meanwhile those citizens who are keen to go back to the voting booth (perhaps to overturn the previous decision) have demonstrated their strength in numbers.
Brexit scheduled for 31 October, with or without a deal, now seems less likely to be the outcome than it once was. However, no one seems able to predict what the outcome will be. It is not clear what ‘the people’ want, which is why some are arguing for a second referendum, though they are not so clear about what should be on the second ballot
We (this blog’s authors) are trying to determine what options are open, in the light of the antics currently going on in Parliament. The way forward is less than clear, as we write; we will have to update this Home Page more frequently as circumstances change, or appear to do so. We will continue to post articles pointing out why we believe that it is in the best interests of the UK to leave the European Union.
For a full list of articles click the monthly archive drop-down menu. Many are linked from our menu list of Themes, which focus on the main issues, as we see them. For a quick introduction, see our Summary.
We invite (moderated) reader comments – please keep the debate polite.
Summary – revised in September 2019
The European Union is failing to meet its stated goals. Inspired and claimed as “a project for peace” it was always, in practice, a quest for ever more centralised power, regardless of the wishes of its citizens. As its strategic failures become ever more obvious dissatisfaction grows. We doubt that the EU can survive in its present form much longer.
Our blog reveals evidence to show that the EU is on the wrong path. The Project is run in the interests of an elite web of politicians, administrators, bosses, unions and lobbyists – who are determined to continue on the current path despite the wreckage already created and in prospect. Their greatest success has been to convince many people that it has a high moral purpose and beneficial outcomes.
It seems plausible that the core beliefs of most Remainers and Leavers are equally driven by idealism—either that working together across nations is a virtue that will ultimately lead to good outcomes, or that freedom from remote autocracy is in the best interests of citizens.
The ideology is a ‘United States of Europe’ and progress is by the ‘Monnet Method’, to achieve the ideological goal without raising the suspicions of the majority of citizens, and even leaders, who would oppose it.
Latest Updates – revised in October 2019
We’re in the current messy situation because both Parliament and People are divided by opposing ideologies, and misled by the EU; squaring this circle seems never ending.
The dangers and fragilities within the EU are still rising, as they were at the time of the Referendum, so we hear about the downsides of leaving more than the upsides of staying, perhaps because there are so few upsides. And we hear nothing about the downsides of staying in a fractious and fragile Union.
Parliament has voted to take leaving without a deal ‘off the table’. They have a new draft Withdrawal Agreement on the table; to be ratified or not to be ratified, that remains the question. And, in opposition to a majority of their voters, and their party manifestos, they have in mind, under the table, to withdraw the UK’s application to leave under Article 50 of the Treaty of European Union.