The revocation of Article 50 is the only honest solution, Nyla Nox writes.
First published in October 2019.
Every single aspect of the crisis we are all suffering through with Brexit right now has been created by British politicians.
Brexit is not a natural disaster. It is not listed on the list of emergencies that could trigger a state of emergency in the UK.
Before the referendum campaign, the EU didn’t even make the list of the ten most important political subjects that concerned UK citizens.
Issues facing Britain - May 2015 / Ipsos MORI
Brexit will cause immense suffering. It has already caused excessive suffering among EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU. Right now, it is causing mental and physical suffering through shortages of medication. Brexit has already killed people, like the Labour MP Jo Cox.
British MPs chose to trigger Article 50 in 2017. There was no preparation for an ‘orderly’ exit from the EU. It was clear that 2 years were far too short to achieve Brexit. Expert opinion was that such a complex undertaking, separating 40 years of integration, would take 10 to 15 years. Minimum.
And yet, the vast majority of British MPs voted to trigger Article 50. Irresponsible, naïve, unrealistic, crazy, outrageous, reckless… I could find many more words. And they will all be true.
My MP, Karen Buck, interestingly voted against triggering Article 50 because she thought the country could not possibly be prepared in 2 years. That was her reason. I think she was very sensible.
Our present problems stem not only from Brexit but more specifically from triggering Article 50 recklessly and without preparation.
Without that, we would now not have the deadly deadlines hanging over us that make it possible for the present rogue government to threaten its own population with economic disaster, large scale job losses, severe lack of medical facilities, and many other threats to health and life.
Without that, we would not have the crazy situation that a rogue minority government cannot be brought down because the deadly deadlines create strange countdown loopholes that could be used to ‘trick’ us into a no-deal Brexit. These ‘tricks’ are in fact unlawful actions made possible by the frail condition of the British legal and and constitutional system. This should not happen under any circumstances. But the Brexit deadline of Article 50 (and its extensions) makes this illegal trickery very real because it seems to impose a ‘point of no return’. And it could certainly be used that way.
Before the ‘real’ Brexit deadline of Article 50 in March, various attempts were made by the British parliament – mostly by the very same MPs who had voted to TRIGGER Article 50 – to extend this deadline. A temporary solution was cobbled together, and the then PM, Theresa May, followed the law of the country and asked for an extension.
This would not have happened if our parliament had not triggered Article 50 prematurely.
But among all the motions and amendments there was one, the so-called ‘Cherry amendment’ (for the SNP MP Joanna Cherry who later also brought the case against prorogation). This proposed to replace, in UK law, the ultimate action at the end of the Article 50 period, which is currently a ‘no deal’ crash out Brexit, with revoking Article 50. She tried 3 times to get it passed, but it was voted down, partly because the Labour party insisted that they could never vote for anything that the SNP proposed.
Yes. such is the level of political intelligence in this country.
If that amendment had passed, the current rogue government would have been brought down already. The current rogue government would have been unable to threaten their own population and their parliament with the crash out Brexit disaster.
Because in that case, if there was no Withdrawal Agreement (this is actually not the ‘deal’, only the underlying international treaty), parliament would simply revoke Article 50 on 31 October.
Just imagine. Just imagine that was the law of the land.
If I imagine this, I feel suddenly safe. This is what will save me. All of us.
Revoking Article 50 doesn’t mean that the UK can never leave the EU. Of course not.
I would very much prefer if Brexit never happens. But if you want Brexit, like, for example, the leadership of the Labour Party, you can still do it, any time you wish, after revoking Article 50. But only if you are prepared, if you allow the country to be prepared.
So, I can’t for the life of me see why the fact that one of the established political parties in the UK has proposed to revoke Article 50 has created such an outrage. It is the only safe option.
It is, in fact, an option that everyone could agree on, because it saves us from imminent disaster. And it leaves all other options open.
Britain is not a functioning democracy. Brexit is a symptom of that, and it has made many of the problems in the British system very visible. But even so, the willingness of British MPs to destroy their own country, and public acceptance of it, are symptoms of a kind of collective insanity.
Even a benevolent autocratic system would not do this.
The British political system is not benevolent. The Hostile Environment, that the UK has created for undesirable foreigners (and EU citizens are now included in that), is the base line for the entire system. The atrocities of the benefit system that has killed over 100,000 British citizens in the last 7 years, speaks dreadfully for itself.
Revoking Article 50 is the only reasonable, sane and benevolent solution.
If we want to create a benevolent democracy in this country, revoking Article 50 is only a beginning. But if Brexit happens, the UK will continue to develop in the opposite direction, of becoming a more and more hostile autocratic system.
So, yes, let’s revoke Article 50 as quickly as possible.
Note: At this point I don’t support any specific political parties and their general policies. I believe revoking Article 50 is the wisest course of action. And so did 6 million people who signed the petition.
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