We’ve Achieved Brexit!
Firstly, may I offer my hearty and warm felt congratulations to all those who have campaigned for Brexit. Well done to all concerned.
During this time of campaigning for the leave vote, along the way I’ve met some true Patriots but I was astounded by the amount of abuse and vitriol we received from the Remain and StrongerIn campaigns. We attempted to retain our dignity amid the accusations. Personally, I was accused of being a liar, fantasist, racist, fascist, a deluded old colonial, monarchist and a warmonger amongst many other things. I am none of these apart from being a monarchist of course.
I consider myself to be a true Patriot. It’s strange but this American style word is the one which defines me best. I wished for a Great Britain which retained the sovereignty of her nation, her peoples and her armed forces, now and in to the future. In a federal Europe this would have been an impossibility.
For those of us who have campaigned for Brexit, we have saved the UK from being reduced to a principality in a federal United States of Europe. We have saved the Commonwealth of Nations from being broken up. We have retained the sovereignty and guaranteed the protection of the British Overseas Territories. We have retained the sovereignty of HM Armed Forces and will ensure the resurgence of NATO forces within Europe.
By ensuring the UK does not enter a federal Europe, we have guaranteed that the UK shall never be forced down the route of adopting the Euro, nor will the UK ever be a member of the Schengen Agreement.
Brexit will also bring relief for many other member nations of the EU who are equally dissatisfied with the way in which the EU is travelling. It’s not just us “Little Englanders” who are disillusioned by the lack of democracy within the EU. The UK leaving will surely give long term succour to the Greeks and other members suffering in southern Europe.
The people of the UK must be strong and move forward, accepting this majority decision. As I type, the markets are in flux. This was expected and is not due to Brexit, but rather is self-inflicted, due to the negative campaign of Project Fear lead by the UK Government and the Remainers. They and EU funded bodies talked the UK down so much that they have caused this short term damage to the UK economy. The UK is strong and will swiftly bounce back once the markets accept the outcome and see the many potential possibilities that lay ahead.
The Leave campaign has had to fight an uphill battle; it seems a miracle that the Brexiteers have actually won. Firstly, we have had to endure a Government which has broken and breached its own purdah laws and rules on many occasions. Secondly, we have had to campaign around a biased mainstream media which has gone out of its way to promote Remain, whilst besmirching and belittling the Leave campaign at every possible turn. Thirdly, the EU and the Remain camp were able to wheel out the “experts” and “professional bodies and organizations”. We were berated at every turn when we refuted their claims. This wasn’t due to the fact we’re narrow minded fools who don’t respect experts. This was due to the fact that we just didn’t trust the words of directly and indirectly EU funded experts. They were all reaching their conclusions from a naturally biased perspective. Fourthly and lastly, was the mud-slinging. What good came of calling Brexiteers xenophobic racists, or to refer to us as Little Englanders? In the end it came to nought. It was unpleasant for those of us on the receiving end but those negative slurs may just have rebounded against the Remainers.
The one factor the Remain camp failed to grasp is that the Leave camp was never against Europe. The overwhelming majority of Brexiteers love Europe. I may even dare to claim we are the true Europhiles. We are the ones who wish to protect and preserve all the nations of Europe and their diverse cultures. In spite of the fact that the European Union’s motto is “United in diversity”, the sad truth is a United States of Europe would bring about a depressing monoculture formed in to a single nation. We love Europe; it’s the lack of accountable and transparent democracy from the EU of which we are not fond. The Remain camp never understood that we separated Europe from the EU in the Leave campaign.
What now for the future of the UK? Under Article 50 of the 2007 Treaty of Lisbon (TEU):
“Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.”
Now is the time for the UK to enact Article 50. What does the future hold then? I’m not a politician but I firmly hope that our next political leaders shall believe in themselves and the UK and shall hold firm against all barracking from the EU. The UK is strong and holds many cards.
The UK’s biggest asset is the one it left behind in 1973; EFTA. I am certain the Leave camp were afraid to overstate the case for EFTA in fear of the Remains twisting the facts about the European Free Trade Association. I have previously written upon EFTA in the article BEFTA – The Future of EFTA and the UK.
Now, more than ever I see a trade partnership with the EFTA members of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland as an immediate but partial solution to the EU. Both Iceland and Switzerland have already contacted the UK seeking trade talks. With a strong UK rejoining EFTA, that organization of our own design can be reformed in the 21st Century to be an effective trade bloc alongside the EU. This of course means bringing an end to the European Economic Area (EEA) Treaty under its current terms and conditions. With the UK in EFTA, the EU will have to listen and respond more favourably to any and all demands from a reformed EFTA.
This will only be the beginning. With a resurgent EFTA, nations trapped within the EU will look upon a successful trade only organization with envious eyes. How long before other nations in the EU are holding their own referendums over whether to leave the EU? Denmark, a nation not in the Eurozone, nor keen on the Schengen zone as they continually apply controls to their borders; a country which only joined the EEC because the UK joined would be a nation ripe for leaving the EU and joining us in an EFTA trade bloc. Many Danish citizens would be attracted to the notion of Daxit. Many of the wealthier EU nations, not beholden to Germany or the European Central Bank would be in a position in future to defect to a successful EFTA. This will leave the Franco-German engine with an even larger tab to pick up, as they continually attempt to keep the poorer nations of southern Europe within the Eurozone.
There will come a time when even the EU will have to admit the Eurozone dream is over. For the foreseeable future the goal of those who seek a federal Europe will be at least partially moribund. If France and Germany along with some or, all of the BeNeLux nations wish to go ahead with forming a single federal nation; that shall be of their own choosing. In future, without the UK’s bolstering presence in the EU, other member nations of the EU and their peoples will be able to regain control of their own sovereignties, whether in a reformed EFTA, a potentially reformed EU in decades to come or, even alone if that is their choice. This is what the EU referendum has always been about; the sovereign freedoms of a nation to make independent choices.
Some form of deal will be made with the EU to trade in the Single Market and that best chance is EFTA. Outside of the EU the rest of the world awaits the UK. To begin with, there is the security blanket of the Commonwealth of Nations. No longer limited or restrained by having to go through EU channels, the UK shall be able to have face-to-face dealings with our Commonwealth “Family”. That’s 52 other nations! Consider all the potential business opportunities available to the UK now that it will be able to deal with them directly. Indeed, within hours of the Leave result being declared, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were contacting the UK to begin trade negotiations. Immediately! So important is the opened up UK market (they’ve waited over forty years for this opportunity) that these nations are in agreement to form a bilateral trade deal to work together in helping the UK market. Other Commonwealth nations, Ghana and India have also contacted the UK to begin trade talks. That security blanket has already proven to be working.
The UK has regained its voice on the world’s stage. Think of all the other countries and potential markets outside of both the EU and the Commonwealth. Without the restrictions of having to go via EU channels to trade with the rest of the world, the UK will be in a prime position to forge many new agreements and deals in the coming years. Again, within hours of the Leave result being declared, the United States of America admitted that the UK shall not be “at the back of the queue” as had been hinted during `Project Fear’, instead the USA quickly contacted the UK to begin preliminary trade talks. South Korea and Mexico have also contacted the UK seeking talks for new trade agreements. In future many more nations will follow, seeking trade agreements with the UK. This is what those in power at the EU have feared; for its member states to openly see a UK outside of the EU proving to be so successful that it shows the EU for what it is; a barrier rather than a conduit to economic trade. That alone may be enough incentive for some EU member states to seek extraction from the EU.
Many young voters have been afraid for their futures, scared by `Project Fear’. They needn’t be. Many of them were born after 1992, or were too young when the UK via the Maastricht Treaty was taken in to the European Union they now know. They really can’t comprehend how big and powerful this nation once was. Freed up from the EU, Great Britain with her own voice restored can grow again. There is an entire world out there, a bright new future of endless possibilities. At this very moment in history, never shall this country be more democratic, more freer, more sovereign, nor shall its future be more brighter and hopeful in potentiality than it is at this current time. This is why we must grasp this opportunity with both hands and go forwards together, as one nation, united in the just cause of returning the UK to its rightful place on the world’s stage and to build a bright and prosperous future for the generations of Britons who will inherit this great legacy.
Since writing this article, nearly two weeks have passed since the nation went to the ballot box. I have been dismayed by what I have witnessed. The EU referendum was over. The voting done. The nation had spoken. Over 17 million people had voted Leave. They had grasped the opportunity for a brighter future. The verdict was final. Brexit had been victorious.
You would not have known this if you were watching the news broadcasts on mainstream television channels. The BBC are the most guilty but all broadcasters are culpable of continuing to promote a pro EU and Remain stance, in spite of the fact that this nation voted Leave.
These broadcasters, who should have been allaying the fears of the general public after Brexit and bringing calm to the markets; who should have been “banging the drum” for the UK and British commerce, promoting the news of all those nations who have since contacted the UK and are vying to be first in line for trade talks.
Instead, we have witnessed nothing but churlish spite from the broadcasters as they have concealed and failed to publicize the positive news on Brexit while seeking to grasp and promote every story that may undermine the process of Brexit or the UK economy. The British mainstream media have been utterly disingenuous in their attitude to the point of treachery of their own nation and people. If there is to be a recession in future, they shall be culpable and much of the blame shall fall upon them.
As long as our politicians have the moral courage to invoke Article 50 (having been given the mandate to do so by the outcome of the referendum) and complete the UK’s exit from the EU within the next two years, the potential future of Britain outside of the EU still remains a very bright one. All of those nations previously mentioned are there waiting in the wings; with new opportunities for the UK, with potential access to economic markets which when combined are far in excess of the EU’s. Those nations seeking access to British economic trade will only continue to grow and expand. This is the positive message which our mainstream media should be exalting to the nation and the world.