Here we go again, almost twelve months have passed since last June’s peaceful revolution. Yet still those on the losing side cannot resist the urge to restrict, delay, distort and flat-out deny that the people of the UK undertook their biggest ever democratic exercise and voted to leave the EU.
Over the past few years the novelty of coalition government and discussion of future pacts or alliances has led to new some choice new political phrases. Perhaps the most lasting of these has been the “Coalition of Chaos” used by David Cameron’s Conservatives to prevent Ed Miliband’s labour from gaining a majority in 2015. Since then the idea of knocking coalitions in either a dismissive or demonizing way has taken hold. However the actual or proposed coalitions are relatively straight forward and are between groups or parties that share considerable beliefs, policies, philosophies and sometimes historical ties.
Far more insidious, secretive and dangerous is the alliance that exists to subvert or reverse the expressed will of the 2016 referendum. recent reports of Cabinet ministers in the Conservative government conniving with their Labour counterparts, in secret, to bring about a “Soft Brexit” confirm what Leavers have known since June 24th 2016. The reason that Leavers have not always been happy with their lot since winning the referendum, even being branded sore winners, is simple, we were sure that the coalition of Conservative Remainers, Metropolitan Labour, our Intelligentsia and Corporate Interests would attempt, by any means needed, to de legitimise and overturn the result. The 2017 election results have given them inspiration to put their heads more fully above the parapet and mobilise themselves into a more solid group.
There are three main reason that Coalition Remain (CR) are the most dangerous alliance in UK politics today. Firstly, the simple dishonesty of the vast majority to state clearly and openly their aim. The main faces of the CR are those who campaigned strongest to stay in the EU yet they are now advocating all types of differing arrangements that basically will water down the referendum result in order to be a tightly aligned as possible in order that the UK will have left the EU in name only. The brazen dishonesty of this is barely believable.
The second reason for the CR to be genuinely dangerous for the UK is the attempt to undermine our democracy without any regard to the consequences of their actions. As the turnout in the recent UK general election showed millions more people have become engaged in the electoral process since 2015. In many neglected regions hundreds of thousands of people had given up on the political system. Having been the main victims of the modernisation of the UK economy under Thatcher, and then ignored by New Labour’s metropolitan elite, millions realised that their vote could matter. In addition millions of young people were shown that their apathy could have real consequences. Both of these groups returned to the polls in 2017. Overall turnout went back up to nearly 70% and youth voting appears to have increased to 54%. It is absolutely vital that our political class accepts and implements the EU referendum both literally and in what the voters expected the result to be.
To put it simply the UK must not be members of the EU and we must have complete control of our Laws, Trade, Borders and Money. The deal that surrounds these key pillars may have compromises or adjustment periods, transitions or new agreements and voters are realists who will accept these. They will not however accept deliberate and secretive betrayal. The consequences, for our political system and people’s faith in it, of anything other than this basic requirement cannot be estimated.
The third reason for being highly unnerved by the CR is the varied motives within the caucus. A group that it is open and honest about its aims and purposes is one thing. But a rag-tag alliance of people and organisations with only one thing in common means they are more difficult to combat and it can end up like playing political whack-a-mole. One example is the that the largest trade unions and most corporate representatives wish to remain, or almost remain. So Unite want to remain in order to “protect workers rights and prevent a race to the bottom”, whereas Corporate UK wishes to remain in order to allow the mass important of cheap labour, thus suppressing wages, increasing profits and reducing the need for training and retaining its staff. It does not take a genius to see that these two views are not compatible.
Combating the CR is relatively simple. Those who voted to Leave must state clearly, and repeatedly, what they voted for: Laws, Trade, Borders and Cash. These four things must be linked completely to Brexit. If anyone of these is missing or watered down beyond recognition then Brexit is not Brexit. Anyone advocating any position other than the government white paper, on Brexit, must be challenged to explain exactly what they want and what will be the result. Then they must explain why they support something that is not Brexit.
CR representatives must be asked to explain why they are advocating something different to the policies advocated by parties that 80+% of the electorate voted for in June 2017. They must also be asked to explain why it is that they are legitimate representatives of those who voted Remain. It seems totally wrong that Alistair Campbell is trotted out to explain the Virtual Remain case, he is simply a never elected spin doctor to a discredited and much hated former regime.
Most of all they must be asked why they can override the clearly expressed view of 17.2 Million people in Britain’s biggest ever democratic vote.
Leavers, and all who believe in democracy, must beware this subversive coalition and resist Zombie Remain whenever they resurface!