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Brexit is dead! She lived for 13 months and one day. Murdered in her infancy by bumbling practitioners of Liberal Conservatism.

RIP Brexit

Team Brexit was never going to work. Too many passionate remain supporters in Theresa May’s cabinet and Whitehall were always going to kill the newborn baby Brexit. They didn’t expect her to be born at all. They had no plan therefore to keep her alive. Yes a few wise men came to revere her, Davies, Fox and Boris. But they were also surprised at the immaculate conception. Her mother “UKIP” had showed no signs of gestation, it was considered by the media as a phantom pregnancy.

But we now know that her life support has been switched off. There will be a slow transition into the afterlife, we’re told sometime between 2022 and 2027. That’s how long it will take for her mourners – 17.4 million of them – to either die themselves, or simply move on to another cause. At least that’s what the government is hoping for. The wise men have accepted the transition into the next parliament in 2022, by which time further procrastination and clueless maneuvering will see us through to the end of that term in 2027. That’s always assuming the Conservative party win

Sir Jacob of Somerset

in 2022!

There is a slim chance a crusader knight will revive the unfortunate Brexit child, Sir Jacob of Somerset is his name, he has many non believers to slay and will need divine intervention if he’s to prevail.

 

In recent weeks The Westminster Wing has been trawling through various forms of social media to gauge the public mood on the current progress of Brexit negotiations between the government and the EU. We were not surprised to find such high levels dissatisfaction with not only both teams of negotiators, but also the broadcast and printed

Brexit’s most iconic image

media’s standard of reportage.

What did surprise us though was the volume of leave supporters calling for some kind of positive action, protests and even a desire to bring the country to a standstill with blockades similar to the fuel protest in 2000.

Though protests are a favourite strategy for the far-left, particularly prevalent since Corbyn became Labour leader, they are a rarity on the right.

There are many explanations as to why right of centre supporters and activists don’t do mass public protests, many are obvious and a few are not so obvious!

Political protesting by “socialists” has existed for centuries, long before the word even existed. Usually inspired by terrible working practices imposed by mill, mine or factory owners, or chronic housing conditions. Workers became organised through trade unions leading to the formation of the Labour party. Encouraged by historical victories, socialists have never forgotten the power of protest.

Socialists like a protest

Those early marches and protests throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, some of them violent, were just and necessary, few would argue otherwise. Those times were tough and there was little else those affected could do without a voice in parliament.

But today’s left wing protesters have forgotten a very important component of popular protest: “just cause”! Demonstrating against a visit by an American President or in protest of a page depicting topless models can hardly be seen as a class struggle! Modern socialists are largely comprised of middle class students, well paid public sector professionals or supporters of Middle East terrorism. They are as far away from their original cause as it is possible to get.

The left still possess the ability to muster large numbers of protesters on the streets through their well-funded unions and affiliated groups. Bussing hundreds, sometimes thousands of people around the country complete with sponsored “Unite the Union” placards and £25 cash in hand to buy a Starbucks coffee or a Pret a Manger falafel sandwich whilst uploading images of the events on their latest iPhone is a common occurrence should their dear leader deem it necessary.

Comprised mostly of under worked students, strikers and the unemployed, it’s unlikely they will pass on the call to march due to heavy work commitments at the office! And this brings us neatly to the near non-existent will to protest by those on the right of centre politics.

With little or no history in organising mass demonstrations, chiefly because of a lack of cause, organisational machinery and work or family commitments, the likelihood of witnessing a demonstration by Tory supporting members of the public is lower than finding a pulled pork sandwich in Finsbury Park Mosque! Ordinary Tory supporters simply have better things to do with their time and view those who do public outrage on the streets as “not our sort of people”! Rightly or wrongly this is the current state of affairs.

Given the above brief summary of the history of popular protest, it would be a mistake to assume it is solely supporters on the right that are exhibiting growing unrest with Theresa May’s Brexit divorce proceedings. Our analysis of 51 social media groups, comprising some 400, 000 members and contributors reveals a very eclectic mix of socioeconomic groups, race and genders displaying a desire for open revolt against the government’s lack of assertiveness with the EU and increasing anger at the suggestion of a protracted transition to the exit door.

Our analysis leads us to believe a substantial segment of leave supporters are close to tipping point! These groups are repositories for frustrated, disgruntled, mostly ordinary citizens who feel their concerns and views are being ignored by the media and politicians, they are a disenfranchised majority, not dissimilar to those voiceless souls of the 18th and 19th centuries and are not too far away from organising a collective protest of significant proportions.

Any government that ignores these people is destined to experience the wrath of mass dissatisfaction and with it, the political disruption many insensitive administrations faced over the last 200 years.

Hard-core remainers spend the vast majority of their time spouting vitriolic abuse at those who chose to leave the EU! Social Media is full of it. Friends unfollowing friends on Facebook, followers blocking followers on Twitter – the divide has become quite nasty, scary even!

No one could have predicted the post Brexit polarisation of Britain. Even diehard politicos have been disturbed by the resulting tribalism following the referendum of 23rd June 2016!

Since that remarkable day, those who voted to remain in the European Union have been found out! From AC Grayling to Gary Linaker, George Osborne to Harriet Harman – Not only have they been unable to name one of the several presidents of the EU, or identify a European Union directive that benefits the UK, but not one of their doomsday predictions has ever come close to being true. The wretched remoaners either cling to the slogan on the red bus, or insist the apocalypse hasn’t happened yet because Britain hasn’t left! Despite the fact all the Armageddon prophecies were supposed to happen the very day after the referendum!

The latest trend adopted by the Europhiles is soft Brexit, in other words, remaining in the EU hoping for a deal that will never be offered, in the vague hope that after a decade or so of procrastination, the British public will just forget about it all and we’ll just stay in by default!

But the horrifying thing is, this could easily happen. The article 50 negotiations are expected to take 2 years before a settlement with the EU is reached. That, my dear readers, is never going to happen!  Brussels has never concluded trade negotiations with another friendly country in 10 years, let alone 2! It must also be emphasised that the EU doesn’t look on the UK as a friendly country. Brussels is determined to punish the UK to deter any other member from contemplating the very idea of leaving the bloc. No former member can be seen to strike a better deal than the remaining member states.

After over 50 years, the European Union has never struck a bilateral trade deal with a major world economy. There are too many vested interests on agricultural policies for France and Spain, whilst German industrial car manufacturing giants won’t allow Japan, China or India a shred of their lucrative markets. Prominent leave voters are only too well aware of this as the Twitter thread below illustrates.

 

Take the BBC article above for example, highlighted by Twitter user @Alichat66 – and commented on by @SirTrevSkint – both I should add, are British expats living in Europe. Despite the misleading headline, not only has a free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan not been agreed, but after five years of stalemate between the two – principally because France, Germany and Italy have vetoed several articles, but the EU was happy to kick any further negotiations into the long grass.

Now comes the shocker! After Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential race, announcing to the world “America First” in essence, following a more inward looking, protectionist trade policy, and shunning the EU by walking away from the anti-American TTIP agreement, Brussels panicked. Britain was leaving the EU and so was the US! Suddenly Brussels needed to show the people of Europe that it was making successful trade deals with the world’s greatest economies. But, as Sir Trev Skint points out, after five years of procrastination and inflexibility towards Japan, suddenly they have become the EUs “new best buddy”!

A further 15 years are required to see through the trade “transition” – Brussels speak for chaotic EU infighting and member state self-serving protectionism! If their past record is anything to go by, the European Union will have excelled themselves to ink a trade deal with Japan within 20 years.

The UK will certainly not achieve anything like a bilateral trade deal with Brussels in 2 years. Better to go straight to the World Trade Organisation now and walk away from these unachievable on-going irreconcilable deliberations.

The United Kingdom can then freely sign bilateral free trade agreements with the US, China, Far East, the Commonwealth, South America and a hundred other dynamic world economies, allowing the diminishing EU member states to either implode, disintegrate or, as is most likely, come begging to us for a no-strings-attached free trade deal.