by Anne Marie Waters, 1st June 2019
They say a week is a long time in politics, and in Britain, it can indeed be a very long time. In Britain, a week can change the landscape of politics, forever. There is no going back from this. There is no going back from Brexit.
In the space of a week, we witnessed the (eventual) resignation of one of the most unpopular Prime Ministers in memory. Theresa May finally announced her departure from Downing Street on June 7th. The Conservatives now face the task of replacing her, and Boris Johnson is considered the frontrunner.
May made an emotional statement outside Number 10 announcing her resignation, and stated that it had been a matter of “deep regret” to her that she had been “unable” to deliver Brexit.
She was unable to deliver Brexit because like many politicians, she failed to understand Brexit.
Like many politicians, Theresa May thought Brexit was primarily about trade, but it wasn’t. It was about the sovereignty of the British people in Britain. It was about making laws here; laws that reflect the will of the majority of British people, not a group of bureaucrats in Brussels.
May also believed that Brexit was largely about immigration, and in that she was partly right. Immigration is still the key to the country’s future, but the Conservatives (and Labour) have pretended the EU was the sole cause of mass immigration, when in fact was non-European immigration, encouraged by both Labour and the Tories, that was causing the public unease.
Brexit was about Britain, about Britain staying Britain. Millions of British people don’t want their country to turn in to a region or a province. They are true to the identity of Britain, and they want to preserve it. The globalists of the Tories and Labour still fail to grasp this, and they never will. That’s why they need to be replaced in Parliament with people who do.
May’s notorious agreement never amounted to Brexit and that’s why she failed. It wasn’t because she was unable but because she was unwilling. She was unwilling to show the EU that we would walk away without a deal, and so they held all the cards from the beginning.
Brexit needs someone who is tough. Do the Tories have that person? We’ll see, but let’s not count our chickens yet.
Even if the Conservatives elect a strong pro-Brexit figure as our next Prime Minister, whether they’ll be able to do any better will be interesting to see. It will also be interesting to see if the Conservatives will even remain a formidable force for much longer.
Nigel Farage is causing huge harm to the Tories, and it’s harm they may not recover from. In the same week that Theresa May resigned, and for the same reason, the Conservatives were trounced at the European Elections, and Farage walked away the clear winner. Taking only 9% of the vote, it was the worst national result for the Tories in their history.
Labour also took a drubbing, in the second successive election in which voters moved away from the ‘big two’ parties. This is great news for British democracy, and just at the time we need it most.
New voices are coming through in politics, and people are beginning to think beyond Labour and the Tories. Brexit has given us the unique opportunity to forge a new future, and to throw Labour and the Conservatives out of Parliament for good.