Yesterday the UK Parliament voted to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal:
Brexiteers have reacted with anger after the House of Commons voted to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal, whilst the Tory Party is in disarray after Prime Minister Theresa May lost control of her own motion.
Veteran Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said immediately after the vote, “A total disgrace, Parliament no longer represents the people,” adding, “This is a Parliament of outright liars. We will have to fight them again. And mark my words — we will beat them once more.”
Mr Farage later penned a piece for The Telegraph, where he confirmed what he had written in 2017 that “The great Brexit betrayal has begun,” noting, “Well, although it pains me to say it, the vote in Parliament to take no deal off the table proves that, 20 months ago, I was right.”
I think that probably means that if we don’t get a deal of some sort from the EU, we won’t be able to leave. So all that the EU now needs to do to prevent Brexit is to ensure that there’s never any deal.
So everything is on track for what I always expected would happen: the political class would stop Brexit from happening. After all, they know better what’s good for everybody, don’t they?
But the European project – the creation of a European superstate – is on the rocks. And it’s on the rocks because the peoples of Europe want to govern their own countries, not be governed by unrepresentative bureaucrats in Brussels or anywhere else. It’s what all peoples everywhere always want, and it’s antithetical to any imperial project that seeks to subsume nations and peoples into larger entities. And that’s why the peoples of Europe have started to revolt against the EU, and why the “project” is capsizing.
I think that if the EU had restricted itself to concerns of a European scale, and left local and national concerns to local, national governments, it might have managed to survive and prosper. But once the EU started to meddle in local and national affairs, collision was inevitable.
And nothing illustrates this better than the 2009 EU smoking ban, in which the EU effectively declared war of Europe’s smokers. What business of Brussels was it to try to micro-manage the whole of Europe down to such small details as where Europeans could and couldn’t smoke? Wasn’t it an utterly stupid thing for them to do: to alienate Europe’s smokers?
Because that was the effect that this piece of legislation had on me. Overnight it swung me from being pro-European to anti-European. Why should any smoker want to be part of the EU, if they were no longer welcome in it? And I suspect that my response was one that was shared by a great many smokers in Europe. I think it’s one reason why anti-European sentiment has mounted sharply over the past decade.
However I shouldn’t have been surprised by the 2009 EU smoking ban. It had all been foreshadowed in a Resolution of the EU Council way back in 1989, which called for comprehensive smoking bans long before any were enacted anywhere in Europe. The EU has always been as much an antismoking organisation as the WHO. But I simply wasn’t aware that it was until 20 years later.
I’m not sure why it is that large organisations like the EU and the UN and the WHO always seem to be antismoking, while small organisations (e.g. pubs and restaurants) tend not to be. It’s perhaps that antismokers who want to control other people’s behaviour naturally gravitate towards positions of authority where they can exert control. And so they probably infest governments and governmental organisations everywhere. Antismokers are control freaks, and control freaks want to govern other people. Left to themselves, pubs and restaurants would never have banned smoking: it took government control freaks to do that.
In many ways, European politics has become the government control freaks versus the rest. And governments are always full of control freaks. Most ordinary people simply want to get on with their own lives. They don’t want to run other people’s lives. But control freaks don’t just want to run their own lives; they want to run everyone else’s as well. They can’t just leave things alone. They have to intervene. So they end up in governments or armies or police forces, where they find opportunities to control people. And their power gradually mounts, and finds expression in organisations like the EU which meddle in everything they possibly can meddle in. Until somewhere down the track ordinary people get sick of all the interventions and the controls and the restrictions and the bans, and begin to revolt, and start dismantling the overmighty controlling organisations.
And we’re now living in a time when government control freaks are beginning to meet with resistance from ordinary people. This resistance is going to keep on mounting. Eventually it will result in the defeat of the control freaks. After which the people will go back to sleep, and the control freaks will start re-organising and planning new ways to control people. It never ends.