- By Heyami Alghatta
- Over 4 million sign petition to undo the referendum
- Public launch legal challenge to block Brexit
- The EU rejects UK:EU ties
- 42% Rise in racial hate crime
- London Independence
Over 4.1 million sign protest to undo the Brexit vote the nation now regrets
The UK government has rejected millions of calls for a second referendum on European Union membership in a formal government petition that was signed by more than 4.1 million people following the Brexit vote.
It was the most-signed Government petition in history since the petition process was introduced back in 2011.
However in an official reply, the Foreign Office said 33 million people had already voted in the referendum which would be a once in a generation opportunity and although the margin was very narrow and many have since come out to say they only voted to leave as a joke or protest to the current and unpopular government “the decision must be respected”.
Following the sudden economic down turn, official downgrading of the UK’s credit rating, devaluation of the £GBP, inflation and news that large UK based companies have already started to leave the UK in favour of EU capital cities. Along with a freeze on Pounds Sterling:Euro transactions and exchanges in many European locations including popular holiday destinations in Greece, freezes on investment and development and UK job cuts by multinational corporations pulling funding and investment from the island nation. Many leave voters are now in a depressive ‘Bregret’ over what was financially at least an awful decision. Breaking up and destabilizing at a time of globalization and high security threats may seem counter productive, yet it is the fact that the UK may not completely collapse that is perhaps the most worrying.
Scotland and London have both expressed serious desires to leave the UK in favour of joining the EU as independent states, a move the EU has shown strong support for should the UK indeed leave the European Union (something the government may yet vito). Northern Ireland has expressed wishes to leave the UK and re-unify with EU member Ireland. Leaving the UK as just an impoverished shell of England (with out London, the financial powerhouse) and Wales.
Legal challenge by the public
The first legal action against Brexit by a private citizen has been timetabled for 19th July 2016 on behalf of hairdresser Deir Dos Santos.
Lawyers representing Dos Santos, a British citizen, have lodged a judicial review challenge.
The review will argue that triggering Article 50 (required to formally begin the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union) can only be done with Parliament’s approval and not just by the Prime Minister.
The majority of MPs currently serving in Parliament voted to remain in the EU.
The judicial review challenge seeks to delay leaving the organisation. It also highlights how the approach of a pro-Brexit Prime Minister, such as Andrea Leadsom, could mean the UK’s exit strategy is markedly different to that of a pro-Remain leader, such as Theresa May.
Mr Chambers QC told Bloomberg : “The purpose of a judicial review is to correct the executive when they have gone wrong. We say the executive will be abusing their powers if they give an Article 50 notification without the approval of Parliament.”
The EU will not keep trade and military ties with the UK
Although leaders of Germany, France and Italy have expressed their desires to keep the UK as part of the EU, they have all stated that if the UK is going to leave it needs to do so completely and now. They wish to make an example of the UK to dissuade other nations from trying to leave. The leaders expressed wishes to make an example of the UK by not honoring current deals or relations with the UK. Most notably France would end it’s immigration treaty in Callais which currently stops migrants from entering the UK by not allowing them to cross the channel in a joint mission allowing UK immigration police and border patrols to operate on French land. This would no longer be in place and all migrants would be actively sent to the UK for processing on the UK mainland.
Voters in four European countries (German, France, Sweden and Finland) have also said in large scale opinion polls by YouGov that they do not think Britain should be given any generous deals when it attempts to renegotiate its ties with the European Union following the Brexit vote. The polls showed that those in France and Germany in particular did not want Britain t be seen as an important neighbor or trading partner should it leave the EU. Only 27% said that they thought the UK should be given a ‘generous’ trade and relations deal with the EU.
42% Rise in racial hate crimes
New figures show more than 3,000 hate crimes and incidents were reported to police across the UK in the second half of June, a jump of 42 percent compared to last year which was it’s self one of the country’s worst years for racial hate crimes. The vast majority of attacks are believed to have gone unreported.
One London based victim tells The International“The Police are the most violent and racist of them all, why would we report it? They don’t take us seriously, they criminalize us and mistreat us for complaining.”
The daily rate peaked at 289 alleged offenses on June 25, the day after the EU referendum result was announced, according to the Daily Mail.
Thousands of people have taken to Twitter using the hashtag #PostRefRacism to document the xenophobia they have seen or experienced on Britain’s streets since the Brexit vote.
Incidents ranged from abuse shouted at school children, to women being beaten by men, to people being told they are not welcome in queues for tickets to sporting events and entertainment shows, One man explains how he was kicked out of a queue for Wimbledon.
In recent polls a little over 20% of Londoners said they would seriously vote for independence for a city state if they were given the opportunity.
The majority of the support coming from the young and the wealthy.
With a vastly different economy, culture and demographic most already see London as a different country with now more than one fifth of the sizable population wanting to make it independent. London is already larger in both population and economy than many European nations. London’s $565b economy dwarfing that of Monaco’s at a mere $5b with a population roughly 22 times larger than the entire nation of Montenegro.
The reality is that London could benefit from lower taxes which currently prop up the rest of the UK, and greater freedoms as an independent nation and as a member of the EU.
The rest of the UK would not just sink, the remaining parts of the UK would have a lower borrowing rate than an independent London and could use this to attract investment and to create jobs.
Will this ever become a reality? Well until recently perhaps not. Although the London independence movement has historically been very small it is growing at an alarming rate. If there is one thing Londoners are good at, it’s achieving their goals.