Theresa May announced a snap general election for June 8. The most significant part of her statement, and where she gave the only reason, is:
“At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
Absurd reason for snap election
It is absurd that an elected parliament in a representative democracy should have a single opinion about any given issue, and not represent the electorate and the interest of the country.
Disrespect for representative democracy
“We want a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a United Kingdom that is free to chart its own way in the world. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world. This is the right approach, and it is in the national interest.”
What Theresa May wants one believe are delusions:
- Control of money, laws and borders is always limited, especially when a country is part of the international community, international trade agreements and supranational institutions. Leaving the EU provides only limited leeway for the government in all these areas.
- The relationship with the European Union will not be deep especially when leaving the single market and customs union and 100 other major EU fundamentals and 10’000s of European rules and regulations, and creating British red tape.
- Theresa May’s Brexit details and consequences are still not spelled out, in continuation from before the EU Referendum where the referendum question was kept too general for any policy beyond leaving the European Union, to the widely divergent views of the leave campaign, to a lack of policy strategy before and after Article 50 was called, and now the government taking leave for several weeks in the run-up of the general election.
It is clear that Theresa May’s Brexit is not in the national interest, and most certainly not even in the interest of the majority of citizens. The only chance for Theresa May to implement an extreme form of Brexit that goes far beyond leaving the European Union and for the benefit of few is to stifle democratic control and accountability.