Britain will remain as a member state of the EU until 31 October, with the option to leave earlier if Theresa May can secure Commons support for the Brexit deal, after a Franco-German carve-up of the UK’s future.
And then there’ll be a further extension 10-year until 2030. Britain is not going to be allowed to leave. And nobody else is going to be allowed to leave either.
I had the thought this morning that we’re in a replay of the Reformation. The European Union is another Roman Catholic Church. Its president is a pope who is elected by fellow cardinals. Ordinary people have next to no say.
Remainers are Roman Catholics. and Leavers are Protestants. Remainers want to continue belong to the European, universal, catholic belief system. They owe their primary loyalty to Rome (or the new Rome in Brussels). Leavers owe their primary loyalty to their own country. They want to make their own choices about what they will and won’t believe.
And Roman Catholicism is itself an echo of the Roman Empire, with a Pope in place of its Emperor, exerting spiritual power rather than military power.
The underlying struggle is between the individual and society. The Roman Catholics form a society in which individuals lose their autonomy. Protestants are individuals who re-assert individual choice and individual responsibility.
I must re-read Boris Johnson’s The Dream of Rome. The copy I have is a signed copy, sent to me as a gift by his secretary, Melissa, over ten years ago. I seem to remember it started with the Varian Disaster of 9 AD. If Boris is going to be our next Prime Minister, it might be helpful to rediscover what he thinks about a European Union that is a recreation of the Roman Empire and of the Roman Catholic Chorch.