In the recent General Election, Parliament was purged of many Remainer MPs who did everything in their power to defy democracy and stop Brexit from taking place. Most Brexiteers would say “Good riddance to them”. However, our disdain for these individuals could well be tempered when considering that their destructive tactics in Parliament inadvertently helped to achieve a Brexit deal which is acceptable to most of us who voted to leave the EU.
After their shock at hearing the referendum result, Remainer MPs from all political parties conspired to work together to defy the will of the British people and keep Britain in the EU. The first step of their plan was for the Remainer Parliament to take control of Brexit negotiations from the Government by having the final say on any Brexit deal. Their next step was to remove the “no deal” option from the negotiating table and, by introducing new legislation, both of these objectives were achieved. The final stage of their plan was to force the Government into holding a 2nd EU Referendum where only a decision to remain in the EU would be acceptable to Parliament, but thankfully this last crucial step didn’t materialise. Nevertheless, by their actions, Remainer MPs did manage to disrupt and delay the Brexit negotiations but, in hindsight, they also unwittingly made a major contribution towards the final Brexit deal delivered by Boris Johnson.
Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement, containing the Irish backstop arrangement, could only be described as a declaration of UK capitulation, summed up by Nigel Farage who said that no country would have signed Mrs May’s deal with the EU unless it had just been defeated in war. It contained punitive terms for Britain, multiple concessions to the EU and sinister far-reaching political and trading implications if the backstop was ever activated. Thankfully many Brexiteer MPs recognised the risks associated with this deal and they, together with Remainer MPs, overwhelmingly rejected the Withdrawal Agreement in 3 separate parliamentary votes. Irrespective of their personal or political motives at the time, without Remainer opposition to Mrs May’s deal it is likely that her Withdrawal Agreement would have been ratified by Parliament and she would still be our Prime Minister. Her version of Brexit would have surely reduced Britain to little more than an EU vassal state but fortunately she was forced to resign before she took us down this rocky road to ruin.
After Mrs May’s resignation, Boris Johnson managed to get EU approval on a new Brexit deal which removed the backstop, but this too was voted down by the Remainers in Parliament and those conspiring to bring down the Government. However, with his revised Brexit deal blocked and with no chance of Parliament accepting the “no deal” alternative, it gave Boris Johnson a sound reason and a timely opportunity to call an early General Election. The rest, as they say, is history.
So, instead of becoming an EU vassal state with a weak Prime Minster in a Parliament unfit for purpose, we now have in place:
- A Brexit deal which is acceptable to most who voted to leave the EU.
- A Prime Minister and a Government full of optimism for the future and determined to deliver prosperity for Britain in order to improve the lives of everyone in the Union.
- A new Parliament where MPs have had a harsh reminder that they are ultimately responsible to the people in a country where democracy rules.
Whether or not you have any respect left for the Remainer MPs who resigned or lost their seats in the General Election, you must admit that we would never have got to this point without their unwitting help. Whatever their intentions at the time, the end result is so much better than it would have been without their planned interference.
The same holds true for active Remainers in the British Establishment and the British media who for 4 years have ridiculed Brexiteers and have done everything they possibly could to keep Britain in the EU. Annoying though this was at the time, the only thing it achieved was to harden the resolve of the British people to fight for their democratic rights, culminating in a huge General Election victory for Boris Johnson. It is likely that, amongst those who gave their support to Boris, there were voters who would have preferred to remain in the EU but recognised the importance of preserving democracy in this country.
It is ironic to think that Remainers may have contributed towards the Brexit deal that we have today, but indirectly, willingly or not, that seems to be the case. So perhaps now would be a good time to think of Brexit as a joint effort because it will require another even greater joint effort from the British people to ensure its success. It must be in everyone’s best interests to do so. As history has proved in the past, when the British people pull together, they are unstoppable. Success will surely follow and it is our duty to ensure that, irrespective of one’s views on Brexit, everyone must benefit from this future success and no one must be left behind.
Author: Ed Robertson
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