This article has been written by CWS Board Member Cllr Adrian Mason:
So, ten years has passed since they managed to overturn the will of the British people. It is 2028. Much has happened over the last decade since the establishment overturned Brexit. Who can forget the cynical actions of a Labour Party hell bent on grabbing power, whatever the cost? Their unholy alliance with the EU, their union paymasters and big business was the biggest betrayal of democracy in living memory. They were not alone, of course; Tory rebels, bias media coverage and so-called celebrity support for the remain cause. The biggest betrayal though was yet to come.
There are few democrats who can forgive Theresa May for surreptitiously orchestrating the biggest dupe upon them in modern history. Those who had vehemently believed, putting their faith in her ‘Brexit means Brexit’ mantra were crushingly disappointed when she insisted on leading the negotiations herself. she foisted the Chequers Plan upon us and then capitulated upon every additional demand made by the EU. The plan she presented to Parliament, historians concluded, was either one of a crafted capitulation designed to keep us locked into the Brussels machine or the act of breath-taking incompetence. In either case, the betrayal was complete. Parliament, ignoring the sensible World Trade Organisation and Canada +++ alternatives, voted to accept Mrs May’s treachery. That was not enough, though. In an amendment, tabled by the cynical Labour Party, with one eye on power, and the support of Conservative fanatics, Parliament voted to suspend Article 50. The EU, however, did not agree and insisted on Article 50 taking its course but cleverly let it be known that they were receptive to the UK re-joining. So, on March 29th, 2019 we technically left the EU. The UK then immediately opened negotiations on re-joining.
Within the space of 24 months we had gone from initiating the Article 50 process to begging the EU to be readmitted. Of course, this was all to the EU’s liking; they finally had us on the ropes. They had simply been biding their time, assured by the fact that the UK was led by a hapless government devoid of any independent ambition. The betrayal was complete. Leavers hoped beyond hope that we would be readmitted on the same terms as before, but the EU was having none of it. They agreed ultimately to our re-admission but insisted that all our opt-outs were cancelled and that our rebate in budget contributions was axed. It was a total capitulation by the Government and a supplicant majority in Parliament. Leave voters were naturally outraged by the turn of events. Demonstrations were held, mass rallies and legal challenges but the establishment had finally beaten off the populist voters and vowed to never allow such a democratic outcry to occur again. Establishment supporters claimed, ironically, that Parliament had reigned supreme in some perverse twisted logic.
Having extracted everything, they wanted from the UK, the EU set about pursuing its federalist agenda at full speed, no longer held back by voices across the English Channel. An EU army was quickly formed under the title ‘European Defence Force’ (EDF), with its headquarters based in Brussels. Reforms to the European Parliament were swiftly implemented, giving it far more powers and competences than before. The way MEPs were elected changed, too. All MEPs are now vetted centrally by the Commission and each represents a region of the EU. MEPs and candidates must now take an oath of allegiance and swear to uphold the federalist principles of the EU.
Worse was to come. Under the terms of the Article 49 agreement, the UK joined the Euro in 2026 and harmonisation of taxes saw VAT increase to 22%. For the first time it included food, which resulted in a massive increase in grocery bills. Our interest rates are now controlled by the European Central Bank and are substantially higher than before convergence. Corporation Tax has increased from 17% in 2020 to 25% in 2028. The autonomy of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to set fiscal policy has been severely curtailed.
Proposals are being finalised to implement the next stage of federalisation. We are told that from 2030, each Member State will no longer be referred to as a ‘country’ but, rather a ‘Region of the Union’. The EU, now simply known as ‘Europe’, is led by an unelected President who insisted it was a semantical change, not amounting to a further loss of Sovereignty. We have heard this all before of course.
They are also proposing that Brussels becomes the capital of Europe and that passports, identity cards and other official documentation abandon the names of individual countries, henceforth simply using the identifier ‘Europe’. A leaked document exposed that the Commission had initially wanted to use the words ‘United States of Europe’. In addition, we are not permitted to fly the flag of our Member State unless alongside the European flag. All official documents must be headed ‘Europe’. From 2032 our speed limits and distances must all be changed from miles to kilometres to fit in with a new EU directive. A recent rumour circulating in Brussels is that our Monarchy is now seen as an irrelevance in the new Europe.
Meanwhile, all world stage interaction is now carried out by the European diplomatic service. Regions and Member States are not allowed to enter discussions with any third-party countries without express permission of the Commission. The President of Europe conducts all state visits and has set up its own ‘Aile Executive’ in imitation of the White House. The Americans have left us to our fate, by the way, after Europe asked NATO to discontinue all strategic operations in favour of the EDF. All NATO infrastructure has now been annexed and funds diverted from NATO to the EDF.
Parliamentary sovereignty has been virtually extinguished. Nearly 90% of our laws now originate in Brussels, the final arbiter being the Supreme Court of Europe, formerly the CJEU/ECJ. Soon there will be no home-grown laws and little purpose in Parliament continuing in its current form. Europe has indicated that, given the expanded powers of the European Parliament, there is little need for national parliaments. A high-powered report by the Commission has recently suggested that national legislatures should be replaced by regional assemblies, reporting directly to the European Parliament. They say that power should be vested centrally, and these local assemblies should be there simply to administer the will of Europe.
What about the voices of dissent in Member States? Has Europe had it pretty much its own way since the UK re-joined? Sadly, the answer is yes. The once confident British who voted to leave the EU in 2016 have witnessed an acceleration of capitulation by its politicians, in almost breath-taking subservience. After Parliament spurned the chance for freedom and independence in 2018, the road to federalism has been surprisingly swift. Such were the dynamics that by the time of the 2022 General Election the major political parties were all supporting the status quo and Euroscepticism was no longer an option.
There are still pockets of resistance, of course, but these are voices blowing against the federalist wind. It seems this European project is destined to complete the journey it started in 1957. It will not stop until the destination, the United States of Europe.
I felt rather disconcerted when I woke up in a cold sweat that morning but was soon swept up by the overwhelming joy that it was just a nightmare. It is still 2018 and none of this has happened. Nobody can predict the future of course but you can make assumptions based on the past. There is no doubt that the EU is a fiercely political animal. The EU of today will continue to evolve at a relentless pace. Those who still harbour aspirations of wanting to remain had better be careful what they wish for as one thing is certain, the EU of today has a very good chance of evolving into my nightmare.