Call those who would overthrow Brexit by their true name: traitor

Robert Henderson

Traitor: noun. One who is false to his allegiances or acts disloyally to country,  king, cause , religion or principles (Oxford Concise Dictionary)

The attempted sell-out of Brexit by Theresa May as laid down in the  white paper entitled  The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union  should surprise no one. We have a remainer PM, a remainer dominated Cabinet; a remainer dominated government; a  remainer dominated  Tory Parliamentary Party and a remainer dominated Parliament. These politicians  are widely supported by  Europhile in the senior ranks of the civil service,  academics and mainstream mediafolk.

Theresa May:  an incompetent or a saboteur ?

Many commentators are ascribing  to incompetence the seeming shambles  May is presiding over. This is  much less plausible than the alternative explanation, namely, that May is a steadfast remainer and is deliberately trying to sabotage Brexit from within.

This latter  interpretation was plausible even before the Chequers proposals were made public.  Since May  came to office  she  has ensured that her Cabinet has  been  very heavily dominated by  remainers  in a ratio of around two thirds remainer  to one third  Brexiteer. – there is little difference between  her original Cabinet and the present one.  If  May had been really intent on delivering Brexit the balance would have been at least  reversed.

To her Cabinet favouritism can be added the fact that May has capitulated at every point  over both the  shape of the negotiation with the EU and specific issues, most notably her proposal that the EU be paid £39 billion (and probably more because the EU has not agreed to anything) by  the UK for the privilege of leaving the EU  and her proposal that 3 million or more citizens of remaining EU states should be given full residency rights if the EU  reciprocates for the  one million UK citizens living in other EU states. (This would make  UK  a the big loser in the transaction,  both from the difference in numbers, but  also because the level of government provision in areas such as welfare, health and education varies considerably within the remaining 27 EU members, most of whom have  government provision which is much inferior to  that available in the UK (EU states are only obligated to treat incomers from other EU states as they do  their own people and the EU  will almost certain insist  this rule remains for those qualifying for residency in either  the UK and the EU after Brexit).

Further evidence of May’s treachery comes from ministers involved with the Brexit negotiations who have resigned.  David Davis (who resigned as Brexit Secretary) has accused May of making   ‘concessions to the EU that were so fundamental they risked undermining the whole Brexit process’.   Steve Baker  (who resigned as a Brexit Minister) went so far as to accuse  the PM of  having conducted  a campaign  to thwart Brexit with the aid of other remainer politicians and civil servants.

Boris Johnson in his resignation letter to Mrs May  wrote:

“It is more than two years since the British people voted to leave the European Union on an unambiguous and categorical promise that if they did so they would be taking back control of their democracy.

They were told that they would be able to manage their own immigration policy, repatriate the sums of UK cash currently spent by the EU, and, above all, that they would be able to pass laws independently and in the interests of the people of this country.

Brexit should be about opportunity and hope. It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy.

That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.”

In his resignation speech in the House of Commons Johnson reinforced his opposition to May’s proposals, by succinctly detailing some of the major restrictions on sovereignty which those proposals  entail, viz:

“We are volunteering for economic vassalage, not just in goods and agri-foods but we will be forced to match EU arrangements on the environment and social affairs and much else besides. Of course we all want high standards but it is hard to see how the Conservative government of the 1980s could have done its vital supply side reforms with those freedoms taken away. And the result of accepting the EU’s rulebooks and of our proposals for a fantastical Heath Robinson customs arrangement is that we have much less scope to do free trade deals as the Chequers paper actually acknowledges and which we should all frankly acknowledge. Because otherwise, if we pretend otherwise, we continue to make the fatal mistake of  underestimating the intelligence of the public, saying one thing to the EU about what we are doing, and then saying another thing to the electorate. And given that in important ways, this is Bino or Brino – or Brexit in name only – I am, of course, unable to accept it or support it, as I said in the Cabinet session at Chequers, and I am happy now to speak out against it and be able to do so. Mr Speaker, it is not too late to save Brexit, we have time in these negotiations.”

To all this can be added the widespread condemnation of her White Paper proposals from Brexiteers from backbenchers  across the party divide in Parliament, for example, Gisela Stuart (Labour) who described what May is offering as a “phantom Brexit”, and Jacob Rees-Mogg  (Tory) who ventured that it represented  a “very unfortunate U-Turn” .

There is one further reason to believe that May is deliberately sabotaging Brexit. That is her demeanour. Despite enduring what on the face of it an intensely stressful extended period of political activity May gives no sign of being stressed. Indeed,  in her photographs and on video  either in the Commons or outside she gives the impression of being not merely relaxed but positively buoyed by the way things are going. That is exactly the behaviour that would be expected of someone achieving their ends by deceit. May’s frequent smiles have the coy triumphal quality of someone who is executing a Machiavellian plan successfully. Nor is there any sign of her wavering for this very day  (20 July)  the Tory supporting Daily  Telegraph reports that May is preparing to “go down fighting” in her attempt to stand by her Chequers proposals.

Treason and the irreconcilable remainers

In a democracy the greatest treason is to betray the democratic will when that will has been shown in its most direct and unambiguous way through a referendum open to the entire electorate.   That is no more than the statement of an objective truth, for the closer the electorate are to decision making the more elemental the democratic action. An intense  desire for such a betrayal has been shown by  many remainers following the EU referendum.

The  liberal internationalists have been very successful over the past few decades in marginalising the crime of treason. Such people adhere to the idea that nations are at best outmoded forms of human social organisation and  at worst positively dangerous as repositories  of atavistic violence.   In the mind of  liberal the internationalist treason does not exist, at least in the form in which has been known throughout history. (What would constitute treason for the liberal internationalist –  although they would not give it that name  –  would be to fail to subscribe to and support uncritically  liberal internationalist values and policies, in short, any refusal to accept political correctness.)

But however successful the liberal internationalists have been in devaluing the idea of treason the crime  still exists regardless of whether there is a formal law to punish it.

The reason is simple,  treason is an eternal crime   because it goes to the heart of human nature. It is betrayal and every normal human being can recognise it for what it is  and understand instinctively that it is the most dangerous of behaviours because it threatens not just the individual but the entirety of a society.

What  constitutes treason in a Remainer?

The attempt to overturn Brexit entirely or the attempt to engineer a faux Brexit, which is Brexit in name only.

It is legitimate for a remainer to be disappointed after losing the referendum and to say so publicly.  It is legitimate for the remainer to publicly lament the result.  It is legitimate for the remainer to point out what they see as the ill consequences of Brexit.  But it is not legitimate for remainers to attempt to overthrow the referendum result. That is precisely what many remainers with power and influence are trying to do, either directly or by subterfuge.

The remainer BIG LIES

In the course of their betrayal  remainers have developed a number of big, shameless and very obvious lies which they repeat incessantly in the hope that their repetition will give them a  trashy sheen of meaning  in the way that tinsel masquerades as silver at Christmas.

  1. 1. “We are giving power back to Parliament “

Parliament gave up their right to decide what Brexit would be when both Lords and Commons passed the EU Referendum Bill into law. (The Commons  voted for the Bill  544-53 at the Second Reading).

  1. Those who voted leave did not understand what was involved

The referendum question was unambiguous and simple to understand: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

Leaving any sort of organised group means precisely that, leaving. If you resign from a political party or a private group such as a golf club you cease to have any obligations towards or receive any benefits attached to membership of the group from which you are resigning. Leave does indeed mean leave.

  1. “The referendum was only advisory”

Remainers claim that the EU referendum was only advisory  because there was no specific clause in the Act  stipulating that it was either advisory or binding. This is irrelevant because it could equally be argued that the absence of such a clause meant that it was not merely advisory because the UK does  not have  any general law determining the status of referenda.

More directly damning for the “advisory” claim are the  various unambiguous statements made  by politicians prior to the  referendum.

The Conservative General Election Manifesto of 2015  Page 72 said this about the referendum: We believe in letting the people decide: so we will hold an in-out referendum on our membership of the EU before the end of 2017…..David Cameron has committed that he will only lead a government that offers an in-out referendum. We will hold that in-out referendum before the end of 2017 and respect the outcome.

and

In opening the second reading debate on the European  Union Referendum Bill on 9 June 2015, the Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said “This is a simple, but vital, piece of legislation. It has one clear purpose: to deliver on our promise to give the British people the final say on our EU membership in an in/out referendum by the end of 2017.”

and

“Few subjects ignite as much passion in the House or indeed in the country as our membership of the European Union. The debate in the run-up to the referendum will be hard fought on both sides of the argument. But whether we favour Britain being in or out, we surely should all be able to agree on the simple principle that the decision about our membership should be taken by the British people, not by Whitehall bureaucrats, certainly not by Brussels Eurocrats; not even by Government Ministers or parliamentarians in this Chamber. The decision must be for the common sense of the British people. That is what we pledged, and that is what we have a mandate to deliver. For too long, the people of Britain have been denied their say. For too long, powers have been handed to Brussels over their heads. For too long, their voice on Europe has not been heard. This Bill puts that right. It delivers the simple in/out referendum that we promised, and I commend it to the House.”

David Cameron when PM also made the position clear. Asked if holding a referendum was a cast-iron pledge, Cameron said: “Absolutely. We will hold that referendum by the end of 2017; it will be a referendum on an in-out basis – do we stay in a reformed European Union or do we leave? And I’ve said very clearly that whatever the outcome of the next general election – and of course I want an overall majority and I’m hoping and believing I can win an overall majority – but people should be inno doubt that I will not become prime minister unless I can guarantee that we can hold that referendum.”

In their 2010 election manifesto, the Lib Dems called for a national vote on Britain’s EU membership if and when there  is a fundamental change in our relationship with the EU.  Here is  the LiBDem pledge in full:

“The European Union has evolved significantly since the last public vote on membership over thirty years ago. Liberal Democrats therefore remain committed to an in / out referendum the next time a British government signs up for fundamental change in the relationship between the UK and the EU.”

This  promise went far beyond the European Union Act  2011 which only made  provision for a referendum to be held  on specific proposed  changes to the EU. The LibDem manifesto offered  an in/out referendum rather than just a referendum on whatever would be the fundamental change.

The moral corruption of the Big Lies

Anyone who is not a remainer, whether or not they are fervent Brexiteers can see that the remainers are engaged in barefaced lying. Worse, even the most fanatical remainers will understand in some part of their mind that they are telling lies.

Barring perhaps  thorough going psychopaths, everyone  will know the pain and discomfort which telling lies brings.  Repeating  a  lie often and  being psychologically bolstered by others  telling the same lie may lessen the discomfort and even  create a  shadowy feeling that in some sense the lie is true. But the pain and discomfort is never lost because the liar, however self-deluding, knows somewhere in their mind that what they are saying is false and that others will know it is false.

The consequence of telling lies about an issue as  great as Brexit is to poison political discourse generally because the two  sides of the argument become  unreservedly polarised.

Human nature being what it is, it is simply impossible for those who are not telling the lies to view those who are with anything other than anger and contempt, while those who are telling the lies are driven ever more from a position of argument to one of simple denial in  which the absence of argument is defended more and more with abuse.

That is a toxic  situation which could do lasting harm to the UK’s political culture as it will destroy trust in our whole system of government and in the general exercise of political power.

The dangerous strength of the remainers position

The remainers who continue to refuse to  accept the verdict of the referendum are in a much stronger position than most leavers imagine. This is partly because  both Houses of Parliament are remainer dominated and partly because Theresa May’s remainer dominated Cabinet is allowing her to systematically sabotage Brexit by  her incontinent delaying tactics and  her acceptance of what is as yet an  indeterminate transition period.

The brutal truth is that if Parliament wishes to reject Brexit or to force through a Brexit  in name only (Brino) it would have the power to do so because Parliament has  a substantial majority of remainers.

The most potentially destructive  of May’s concessions to remainers is her  promise that Parliament will have a “meaningful say” over the deal which May presents to Parliament. After much  to-ing and fro-ing  between Lords and Commons  an agreement has been reached that the Speaker will rule at the time of the debate on whether any government motion  relating to issue of Brexit  can or cannot be amended. This might, for example, lead to amendments rejecting the deal, amendments sending the Government back to the EU with instructions to negotiate further or amendments forbidding the no-deal-trade-on-WTO-rules option.

It is true that the wording of Article 50 would suggest that the logical end of the two-year process without a deal with the EU would be for the UK simply to fall out of the EU. But there is also provision for the EU member states to agree (unanimously) that the negotiating period be extended indefinitely.

This would appeal to the irreconcilable  remainers because apart from  delay making the leaving process more and more etiolated,   it would  also give the remainers ample opportunity to keep pushing for either remaining in the EU or for  a second referendum. Time is  truly the remainers friend and the Brexiteers  enemy

But there is a much simpler and comprehensive  option for unscrupulous remainers to engineer. That is for May to produce a deal with the EU which is Brexit in name only. Because  both Houses of Parliament are dominated by remainers Parliament could accept such a deal and legally speaking there would be no way of stopping its implementation.

Consequently, it is imperative that  leavers do not to imagine that the UK will inevitably leave the EU.  Constant vigilance  must  be the leaver watchwords.

Treason and the irreconcilable remainers

At the beginning of the post-referendum debate many leavers might have been willing  to allow  that remainers generally were honest in their beliefs  which  they held because of  what they perceived to be in the national interest. No longer is such a view tenable when it comes to the  irreconcilable remainers because of their naked attempts to overthrow Brexit.

If treason  has any meaning today then those who are trying to overthrow Brexit are committing treason  for they are effectively treating with the enemy in their attempt to thwart the referendum verdict. So let Brexiteers give  such people  their true name: traitor.

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3 Responses to Call those who would overthrow Brexit by their true name: traitor

  1. Roger Gough says:

    “Treason doth never prosper. What’s the reason? For if it prosper none dare call it treason”.

  2. paderb says:

    You can add to the list that the whole of Parliament and much of the Civil Service collectively is guilty of Misprision of Treason.

    It is common knowledge that Heath took Britain into the EC based on a tissue of lies contrary to legal opinion and was abetted in keeping us there by Wilson in the sham 1975 referendum.

    In doing so, it abrogated various Treason Laws, the Bill of Rights and several clauses of the VCLT:1969.

    Yet, being perfectly well aware of this situation, all successive Governments and, indeed, Parliaments have used this illegality to their advantage in taking us deeper into the morass in the hope that the fait accompli is sufficient to keep us there. It is not.

    All Governments have studiously refused to acknowledge this illegality or even acknowledge the controversy it has caused because it would require them to publicly investigate the matter and open a ‘Pandora’s box’ from which there would be no protection.

    In 2016, I started an ePetition calling on the Government to acknowledge the controversy caused by the illegality. It received a mere 777 votes.

    In June this year, due to the much greater imperative, I again attempted to call the same petition because of its much greater importance due to the treasonous behavior of the Government.

    I made 3 attempts to start the petition but was refused on the grounds ‘that it was not clear what was being asked of the Government’ despite the 3rd attempt being an exact duplicate of the 2106 petition which was accepted without any reservation.

    On complaining, I received an email from Steve Double MP that more or less offered for me to ‘do my worst’ in publicising the facts. I also did not receive a single communication from dozens of supposedly Eurosceptic MPs who I listed as ‘copy to’ recipients of the complaint.

    In the end, I wrote to my MP to make representation on my behalf to the Parliamentary Ombudsman. A few days later, I received an email from the Petitions Admin Team in which they offered a draft wording of the petition based on the various wordings of my previous attempts. I accepted the wording of the draft and the ePetition was duly published.

    When the petition was eventually published, it was done so with only 6 signatories, mine and the minimum 5 supporters, yet there had been 20 supporters as I had received 20 automatically produced acknowledgements of their support. Even though I had forwarded a copy of the acknowledgement of the 20th supporter, the Petitions Team had promised to follow the matter up with their IT Team.yet some 2 months later, I have not yet received an explanation despite several prompts.

    However, I have had several complaints that potential signatories were not receiving a ratification email from the Petitions Team that would cause the signature to be counted.

    Worse, I had already advised people to use the link on my website to vote in the petition because my website data records the numbers of links to find that there are at least 30, and probably much more, votes that have not been added to the total.

    A success of the petition would be hugely damaging to May’s actions in the matter of the EU ‘negotiations’ because, legally, it would negate any further negotiation and probably require the Government to apply for Membership of the EU which they know will not be tolerated by the People.

    Britain has never been a democracy but rather an Elective Oligarchy because Parliament has consolidated its position over centuries. Parliament erroneously claims ‘Sovereignty’ but that belongs to the People who lend sovereignty to Parliament every 5 years or so following a General Election.

    However, Parliament is now beyond the pale as it uses third world politics to control the Country to the point where it is manipulating even the only organ by which the Electorate can influence their actions.

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/207051
    (Robert, please feel free to erase this link if outside your blog policy)

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