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Demonstrators who want Britain to remain in the European Union (EU) wave flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, on Jan. 17, 2018. (Xinhua/Tim Ireland)(zcc)

Today is March 29, 2019. The day we were supposed to be free citizens of Great Britain. But we are not. We are still part of the hegemonious European Union…writes Anasudhin Azeez

We missed the bus. Britain is still a vassal state of the mighty European Union. Where are the Brexit warriors? Master of Gaffes Mr. Boris Johnson; political psychopath turned potential prime minister candidate Michael Gove; the over-ambitious poster girl turned pariah Priti Patel; ever moaning Jacob Rees-Mogg; beer gulping saber rouser Nigel Farage; the dirty man with deep pockets Arron Banks; master of lies Dominic Cummings …The list goes on.

Today is March 29, 2019. The day we were supposed to be free citizens of Great Britain. But we are not. We are still part of the hegemonious European Union.  There will be another meaningful voting today to decide the fate of Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The deal is now broken into sections to squeeze in under the watchful eyes of Speaker John Bercow, the hero of modern British democracy. The only other sane voice in the Brexit bedlam is Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of 1922 committee who anchored the drifting deal through getting an assurance on Irish backstop.

BRITAIN-LONDON-PM-STATEMENT by Tim Ireland.
British Prime Minister Theresa. (Xinhua/Tim Ireland)

There are no winners in this Brexit war. We are all losers. The democratic process was trampled when lies were spread to garner support. The great influx from Turkey, £350 million every week for NHS…the list is endless. The nation is paying the price to fulfill the political ambitions of some individuals. They let the country down when we’re on a path to gain momentum to catch up with other European economies. We wasted billions on meaningless debates. We put key issues on the back burner – housing, jobs, NHS, education.

It is not good to see divisions in the country. Divisions are all over the place. The prime minister is stirring emotions by putting the MPs on the receiving end. She draws flak for blaming the MPs for the deadlock. When Mrs. May is in search of unicorns to replace her flogged dead horse, Her Majesty’s great opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is sitting on the fence. When his deputy Tom Watson joined a million plus Remainers to protest at central London, Barry Gardner, the shadow international trade secretary, saying: Labour is no more a Remain Party…

LONDON, Nov. 15, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Jacob Rees-Mogg, a member of the UK parliament and chairman of the European Research Group, speaks to the media outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, on Nov. 15, 2018. Brexit-supporting Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg sought a non-confidence vote over British Prime Minister Theresa May's draft agreement to leave the European Union (EU) in March 2019. (Xinhua/Stephen Chung/IANS) by .
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a member of the UK parliament and chairman of the European Research Group.

The Lib Dems and the newly formed Independent Group along with Greens and Scottish Nationalist Party are struggling in vain. The ball is not in our court. EU is going to decide on our fate. Then what is the need for this circus? The British voters have spoken. The Brexiteers won the race. Accept the verdict. That is not the end of the world. We won wars and we tamed recessions. We tighten our belts to find some reserves. Brexit is just another chapter in our great history. Let’s move on.

A deal is better than a bad deal. Let’s heed the voice of the voters. The job creators and the workers of this country are united to face the challenges of Brexit.  The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Trades Union Congress (TUC), the largest trade union in the country, issued a joint statement seeking a Plan B to save the economy. If we are not moving now, the future generation will pay the price.

Another lesson to learn from this messy chapter of British history is the lack of political education and media literacy. The millennials and the young generation were busy with their smartphones and game consoles. Some of them were not even bothered to register to vote. They were not properly informed about the consequences of leaving your neighbours. They prefer to remain in a cocoon to play with their tools. They are the one going to pay the price for this Brexit. The red tops used Brexit as a lure to shore up their declining circulation. Everybody played a role in this messy affair.

The economy is in paralysis. The political class and the lobby journalists are struggling to keep their eyes open after late night parleys and press briefings. The summertime will arrive on this Sunday. Hope there will be something to fall back on by that time. A masterplan or a draft which will protect our country and our economy. We don’t want our fellow citizens and families to struggle. We can’t afford to miss this bus.

Demonstrators who want Britain to remain in the European Union (EU) wave flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, on Jan. 17, 2018. (Xinhua/Tim Ireland)(zcc)