E Brexit: These Are The Times That Try Men’s Souls

This is an extraordinary time. 

Ten days ago, Britain voted to leave the European Union, after 43 years of slithering down a glass mountain towards the formation of a monolithic superstate, something that was always the intention of its founders but which we had not realised until long into our descent. Already there has been far more interference with the internal workings of member states than the US Government would dare – when did Congress ever depose and appoint State Governors, as the EU has done with Greek Presidents?

Astonishingly, President Obama – whose forerunners have often been referred to as “the leader of the free world” – flew in two months beforehand to assure us that the EU “made us greater.” Had Prime Minister Cameron flown to the USA to urge a surrender of American sovereignty to an unelected council of Central American national appointees, we should not have expected his safe return.

At a single blow from the British people’s maul, the electorate and both major political parties have been cloven. We are in constitutional crisis. Half the country hates the other half with spitting venom, Parliament is revealed to be massively and unrepresentatively partisan for the abandonment of independence, the Conservative Prime Minister is a man gone but not departed, yet his pro-Leave colleagues have resigned and resiled even faster, and Labour MPs are desperately trying to buck out of the saddle a leader who was recently overwhelmingly chosen by their Party’s membership. Thousands demonstrate in London for the overturning of a plebiscite decided by millions in a turnout that exceeded that of the last five General Elections. Facebook is awash in emotional incontinence. Everyone is howling with their hands over their ears.

The last time we had such a choice, the EU was the "Common Market", a trading arrangement as we were told, though confidential legal advice to ministers in 1960 showed that the then Conservative government knew exactly what it was planning: Lord Kilmuir wrote to Edward Heath saying, “It would in theory be possible for Parliament to enact at the outset legislation which would give automatic force of law to any existing or future regulations made by the appropriate organs of the Community. For Parliament to do this would go far beyond the most extensive delegation of powers, even in wartime, that we have experienced and I do not think there is any likelihood of this being acceptable to the House of Commons.” [House of Commons Research Paper 10/79, Appendix 2]

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