Several people I know seem to be seeing stars – at least, that is, on their Facebook profiles. Whilst this may conceivably indicate a recent and unfortunate series of collisions with Loony Tunes anvils, it’s more likely to suggest a lingering attachment to the European Union.
To recap, I voted Remain in both referendums. The first time because I supported the concept of a politically united Europe. The second time because I felt that there wasn’t a consensus for Leave, although, on balance, I felt that leaving was the right thing to do, although I would have preferred a plan that amounted to slightly more than “it’ll be alright on the night”.
On the weekend that we left, a couple of news stories caught my eye.
First was the announcement that the EU would now start to accelerate the move to “ever closer political union”. This reinforces my view that the “European Project” is, at heart, a fundamentally undemocratic exercise in empire building.
Second was an article by Lord Kerr, the man who drafted Article 50. He said – ”
” ..he had not expected any nation to use the act, which had been drafted in case an authoritarian leader took charge of a country and quit in a huff”. … “We imagined a situation in which we withdrew a member’s voting rights because of a move towards autocracy, and in a huff that leader stormed out, leaving a chaotic legal situation.”
This casts a very sinister light on the EU as an organisation without an orderly mechanism for leaving. As one commentator said – “a club that you can’t leave isn’t a club – it’s a cult”.