The Great Brexit Betrayal

The British people are disgusted, frustrated, and angry at the ineptitude of their government. Hundreds of thousands protested across the country on Friday in a march that lead to the Parliament building, representing the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the European Union, and demanding that Brexit be fulfilled. Many Britons believe a no-deal exit from the EU is better than the bad deals negotiations have produced.

Several groups were represented in the March To Leave procession headed for Westminster, including Leave Means Leave, UKIP, the Brexit Party, and Generation Identity. Brexit Party MEP for Scotland David Coburn remarked, "Excellent, isn't it? It's like Cromwell's Army." Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson were among the Brexiteer speakers to protesters who waved Union flags, placards, and banners as they called for an immediate Brexit.

Cheers went out around Parliament after controversial campaigner Tommy Robinson announced to a large crowd that the Government's Withdrawal Agreement had been defeated for a third time. Many demonstrators in yellow vests rejoiced in the result, claiming it would lead to the "no deal Brexit that we want".

Mr. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, said to the crowd, "So Theresa May has lost her vote. Many people will be asking what does that even mean. It means we were betrayed. Today is supposed to be our Independence Day." The crowd were then shown a documentary made by Robinson on a 50-foot screen, of which Mr. Robinson said, "Panodrama proves everything, every single one of you already know: propaganda, slander, collusion, demonisation against every single one of us."

On June 23, 2016 a national referendum on the future of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union resulted in a vote to Leave. Friday, March 29, 2019 was supposed to be a day of celebration, where the people’s will would be honoured and Britain would officially leave the grips of European Union.

However, British Prime Minister Theresa May and the majority of her Conservative government caucus have proven themselves contemptable, both in terms of the negotiating process and in delivering the demands of the country’s citizens to preside over their own future. The EU, unwilling to lose their 1-billion-Euro trade surplus with the UK, have been belligerent bullies over the past three years.

Now, it is unknown if or when Brexit will actually take place, in the face of repeated refusals from MPs to support PM May’s Withdrawal Agreements, primarily because most in the House of Commons think the public are foolish plebes and want their country to remain beholden to an undemocratic and failing supranational project.

The EU has given Britain until April 12 to decide whether it wants to ask for another postponement to Brexit. There will be an emergency Brexit summit on April 10 to deal with a British request or prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Without a delay, Britain will leave the EU at 11 pm on April 12 in a no-deal scenario.

Speaking to the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers earlier this week, PM May implied she will step down from the party’s leadership if her EU exit deal is approved by Parliament. She said, “I know there is a desire for a new approach, and new leadership, in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations and I won’t stand in the way of that” and had “heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party” before coming to her decision. Several senior Conservatives, including former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (who would almost definitely run for leader), indicated they would vote for the deal if she made such a pledge.

As expected, PM May’s Withdrawal Agreement was defeated for the third time on Friday – what should have been Brexit day. Ridiculously, she has suggested there will be a general election in the upcoming weeks – as if Britons hadn’t been clear enough in what they wanted to date. A general election may threaten the Conservative government with the risk of putting the governance of the UK in Labour’s hands. Britain is not scheduled to hold a national election until 2022, yet Opposition politicians think the only way forward is an early election that could rearrange Parliament and break the political deadlock. They could try to bring down the government in a no-confidence vote, triggering a general election.