In the event last year’s referendum gave a narrow majority to the Leave vote. This caused howls of protest and outrage from the Remain side. It is easy to imagine that if the Remain side had won, there would have been whoops of triumph and joy from the Cleggs of this life. A Remain victory would have been taken as a complete acceptance by the people of Britain of the entire EU project – hook, line and sinker.
The whole project would have gone full steam ahead. The last vestiges of national sovereignty would have been extinguished, and the exit doors would have been blocked. The United State of Europe would have been hauled up into view, and proclaimed in all its majesty. We would have been doubtless lined up for the Euro and for full Schengen membership. Our obstructionism had been tolerated hitherto by a fear that if Brussels rubbed the Brits up the wrong way too much, the Withdrawalist tendency might have taken over in British politics, and they would have lost us completely. Hence the resorting to salami-slicing techniques, and stealthy attempts to “softlee softlee catchee monkee”.
So far the entire project has been delayed, many parts of it postponed or delayed, by British internal opposition, viewed as foot-dragging by many in Brussels. All this would have been removed at a stroke by a victory of the Remain vote.
Corpus Juris would have been imposed – the full nine yards of it. We would have been subjected to the iron fist of the European Public Prosecutor and his delegates. The European Gendarmerie Force, an essential tool for any Government of Europe to impose its will on the peoples of Europe, would surely have been beefed up from its current embryo form, and their lethally-armed, paramilitary, centrally-commanded, squads stationed all over the territory, to impose the central authority’s will on the periphery.
Any attempt to then declare a unilateral independence would have been treated as sedition by the European Court of Justice, and dealt with severely. The exits would have been sealed.
So on 24th June last we could breathe a huge sigh of relief that this catastrophe had been avoided, though few were aware of just what had been at stake. Our route to the high seas of freedom and independence is now open.
Or is it?
We still have to navigate through the two years while we are still subject to all the rules and regulations of Brussels. Legally, until Parliament actually repeals the ECA 1972, we are still under their tutelage. The government entrusted with piloting us through this tricky time is still led by, and mostly made up of, those whose real commitment to our independence is at best questionable, judging from their recent political record.
And there is one great glaring omission, that HMG not only might not make up for, but something which they have openly said they intend to leave in place. May and Rudd mean to keep us subject to the European Arrest Warrant – INDEFINITELY. Rudd said so, in a speech to the Commons, on March 6th.
We have seen that the authorities of one member State, Romania, are already using this arbitrary power of arrest, transportation and lengthy detention, for political purposes, against a British resident, Alexander Adamescu. Others may follow suit. And once the European Public Prosecutor is up and running, Brussels itself will be able to wield this essential weapon, side-stepping our ostensible opt-out from this jurisdiction, as confirmed by the learned opinion of Jonathan Fisher QC.
With storm-clouds on the horizon, and stormy times ahead, we cannot allow this grappling-iron to remain embedded in the bulwark of HMS Britain. We must demand that the government, and Parliament, cut us free, at once.