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‘We’ve Been Betrayed’ — Support for UK Government Evaporates

On 23 June 2016, almost three years ago, 52% of British voters decided the UK should exit the European Union bureaucracy.

Since then, deadlines have come and gone with nothing to show for it. Fear campaigns have been launched to scare voters into changing their minds in a potential second referendum. And the UK appears no closer to implementing the decision made in the historic Brexit referendum.

The political fallout for British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives has been brutal — falling to fifth place in the lead up to the European parliamentary election. And the pressure is only growing stronger for May’s own departure from parliament…

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While we initially had our hopes for Theresa May, the prospect of an easy exit for the UK from the EU looks a lot further from reality than we initially hoped.

Being due to have left the EU by 29 March, the British Prime Minister has been unsuccessful in proceeding the divorce deal through her parliament. And in a last-stitch effort, she has turned to the Labour Party for support, led by socialist Jeremy Corbyn.

But according to Keir Starmer, a pointman for the Labour Party, any cross-party deal that lacks a confirmatory referendum will not pass parliament — calculating almost 150 Labour lawmakers would reject the deal.

And now, as election day ticks closer for Britain, the British Prime Minister is feeling nothing short of a burn, with Senior Conservatives pushing her to set out her plans for leaving as soon as this week. A promise she vowed to fulfil if the referendum did not pass parliament.

Clean Divorce far from reality

As it turns out, the third time wasn’t lucky. And the new exit date of 31 October has done little to rouse confidence for the remaining Brexit supporters.

Honestly, the situation is looking fairly grim…on all sides. And it’s only set to get darker. The excuse of slapping on band aids looks to have led to no other choice but an amputation.

And for what? Support is starting to wane with even the most loyal of supporters. Brexit Secretary Steven Barclay has recently told the Sun newspaper that they ‘are at real risk of sleepwalking into remaining in the EU,’ and should remain focused on damage control.

That is why I believe that it would be inexcusable for the government to not use the coming months to continue to prepare for the real risk we leave the EU without a deal,’ he added.

According to Reuters, the most recent YouGov poll sees Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in the lead by 34% (up by four percentage points), while May’s Conservative party holds only 10%. Meanwhile, the opposing Labour Party sits at 16% (down five points), being May’s last hope for success.

The Liberal Democrats and the Greens, being the two parties still in support of staying in the EU, are sitting at 15% and 11% respectively.

Being the current leader of the pack, Mr Farage told TalkRadio his motivation was driven by the betrayal Britain has endured by their career political class, and nothing else.

If the Brexit Party comes out on top in a couple of weeks’ time, we must have a place at the negotiating table with the government to help put together our strategy.

But Tony Blair has recently warned the Labour Party that ‘trying to keep both sides happy is not possible,’ and is pushing for audiences to vote for one of the other anti-Brexit parties if they cannot bring themselves to vote for Labour.

Aware of the chaos that has unravelled, Mr Blair has remained confident that he will vote for Labour. However, he points out that ‘it would’ve been better if we’d been able to fight it in a clearer way’.

We couldn’t agree more.

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