Posted by: westlancashirerecord | March 27, 2019

Have Remain Voters Been Betrayed? Or Is It Just Leavers?

The fact of the UK having a Remain Parliament assisted by a Remain Speaker is indisputable 

yet in an astonishing claim, the EU president Donald Tusk warns against ‘betraying’ Remain voters who are ‘not represented by UK parliament’. Anti-Brexit British voters who want to remain in the EU must not be “betrayed”, the president of the European Council has warned. 

Tusk himself is still in office because of a disgraceful manipulation of EU mandates

In the 2017 elections for the President of the European Council, Poland put forward Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, both in a diplomatic note addressed to the presidency and in a letter from the prime minister to the heads of states and governments. The meeting participants said, however, that what happened was the chairman only asked if anybody objected to the extension of Donald Tusk’s term. Now it follows that the candidacy proposed by Poland had not been put to a vote at all. Tusk won by 27 to 1. And it was Theresa May whose UK vote helped to put Tusk in office. 

Tusk said many of the millions of people who had signed a petition to revoke Article 50 or who had marched against Brexit at the weekend might feel that they “are not sufficiently represented by the UK parliament”.

He said it was the duty of the European Parliament to represent people who disagreed with Brexit, “because they are European”. The comments come after EU leaders agreed a UK request for a Brexit delay at a meeting in Brussels last week, and left the door open to an even longer extension and participation in EU elections.

“Before the European Council I said we should be open to a long extension if the UK wants to rethink its Brexit strategy, which would of course mean the UK’s participation in the European Parliament elections” he told MEPs in an address in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

“Then there were voices saying that this would be harmful or inconvenient to some of you. Let me be clear, such thinking is unacceptable. You cannot betray the six million people who signed a petition to revoke Article 50, the one million people who marched for a people’s vote, or the increasing majority of people who want to remain in the European Union. They may feel that they are not sufficiently represented by the UK parliament but they must feel that they are represented by you in this chamber because they are Europeans”. But 17,410,742 betrayed, that’s not harmful to democracy?

The Council president was heckled by British eurosceptic MEPs when he said British people increasingly favoured staying in the EU. No surprise there then?


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