I wrote about the Brexit deadlock for Impakter and here is the start of my updated article following the U.K. Parliament vote on May’s “Brexit deal” she had negotiated with the EU:
Less than eleven weeks to Brexit: March 29, the date of UK’s exit from the EU, is closer than ever. But right now we are living through a “Brexit deadlock”. And it will continue despite the historic contrary vote in Parliament on 15 January that rejected Prime Minister May’s controversial “Brexit deal”. The margin of defeat was enormous, May lost by 230 votes.
The defeat, however predictable and expected, still managed to shock many people. And EU Commission President Juncker expressed regret:
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) January 15, 2019
The EU Commission also released a formal statement on 15 January by President Juncker highlighting that the “process of ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement continues. Because this Withdrawal Agreement (i.e. May’s “Brexit deal”) is:
“a fair compromise and the best possible deal. It reduces the damage caused by Brexit for citizens and businesses across Europe. It is the only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.”
The EU won’t budge on the Irish border problem. This is it – end of the road. As EU Council President Donald Tusk was quick to note , the U.K. should cancel Brexit since no better deal can be negotiated.
The government today is on the brink, with Labour Leader Corbyn calling for a non-confidence vote tonight.
The logic is to go back to the people and vote again, as suggested by Susan Wilson in her recent article on Impakter celebrating “2019: The Year We Finally Bury Brexit“. That is also what the markets expect and the pound immediately rebounded.
Unfortunately, little time is left to organize a referendum. Some people argue there’s no time left at all.
Yet a no-deal Brexit was excluded by a crucial Parliament vote on 8 January that passed almost unobserved by the mainstream media. But that vote ensured, to use Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s expression, that the UK cannot “legally go crashing out” of the EU on 29 March 2019:
In the days leading to the Parliamentary vote on May’s Brexit deal, panic was palpably spreading in the U.K.
The UK Guardian echoed the panic with a series of articles with dramatic titles: A no-deal Brexit will kill startups, say Eco-capsule coffee firm bosses; Brexit would be similar to ‘national suicide’, says leading Tory pro-European Dominic Grieve. Twitter is palpitating with the news. For example, Gillian Ford, Councillor London Borough of Havering and Deputy Chair LGA Children, immediately tweeted:
Dominic Grieve QC MP suggests the PM’s Brexit deal can satisfy no one. Views are polarised. There is only one way out, by going back to the public. A no deal Brexit is political suicide. @EA_CoR @The_Convention_ pic.twitter.com/WoYeezshaM
— Cllr Gillian Ford (@CllrGillianFord) January 11, 2019
Reading posts under the hashtag #ThinkAnewActAnew that covers events at the Convention: Think Anew Act Anew, Another Vote is Possible, held in London on 11 January is an eye-opener. Organized at very short notice by activist-journalist and UK Editor of Vanity Fair Henry Porter, it shows that there is now a strong, ongoing surge of popular support for a second referendum. Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas made a notable opening speech, reported on Channel 4 News:
“No wonder it is being called an unforgivable act of intergenerational theft.”
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) January 11, 2019
Caroline Lucas underlines how Brexit was the result of a skewed “majority”, recalling that Brexit has been called an “unforgivable act of inter-generational theft”: over 70 percent of the people aged 18 to 24 voted for Britain to remain, as did 62 percent of the 25 to 34 years. Young people need to make their voice heard and be given a chance to do so. Note that nearly 50,000 people viewed the video embedded in this tweet.
The more extreme remainers have worked for quite a while on building up a case that Brexit is illegal, unconstitutional because fake news and lies misdirected the voters.
More on Impakter, click HERE to read. Let me know what you think!