Two years after the majority of British voters cast ballots in favour of leaving the European Union, Brexit appears to be slipping ever further from reach.
The debate over a hard or soft Brexit is getting nowhere. And it might be just the type of division which vested interests within the EU and the UK need to scuttle the popular vote.
The Australian Tribune has long argued that Brexit is unlikely to happen. The idea that the ‘Deep State’ and global bureaucracy will let a sovereign nation leave the clutches of the European Union was always a long shot.
The resignation of British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, along with three other MPs in recent days, only confirms our doubts.
In a resignation letter addressed to the British Prime Minister, Boris said ‘that [the Brexit] dream is dying suffocated by needless self-doubt’. A striking contrast against the simple hope of the British people taking back control of their democracy.
It’s little wonder that during his time as foreign minister, he considered adopting a Trump like approach, saying it was what the British people needed. He said he was ‘increasingly admiring of Donald Trump’.
‘Imagine Trump doing Brexit. He’d go in bloody hard…There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It’s a very, very good thought.’
His decision to resign and leave the party came hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned. Since then, two more Conservative MPs have tendered their resignations.
Brexit (in theory) was meant to be about taking back control of British democracy, with the ability to manage immigration policy, recoup the UK cash being spent by the EU, and most importantly pass laws independently for the interest of UK people.
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A halfhearted brexit?
Instead, the best Boris could hope for under May’s new plan was a semi-Brexit, unable to diverge or break away from rules and regulations set in Brussels.
‘In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony,’ he said.
This was met with surprise Theresa May:
‘I am sorry — a little surprised — to receive [the letter] after the productive discussions we had at Chequers on Friday, and the comprehensive and detailed proposal which we agreed as a cabinet.’
Opinions are divided in May’s cabinet over the way Britain is handling its exit from the EU.
European Council president Donald Tusk dubbed ‘The mess caused by Brexit’ as ‘the biggest problem in the history of EU-UK relations and it is still very far from being resolved, with or without Mr Davis.’
And the same can now be said about Boris Johnson, too…
It’s increasingly likely that the bureaucrats in Brussels and the anti-Brexit campaigners in the UK will get their wish, and see the people’s will undone.
By Leah Wallace
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