January 31, 2020, at 11 p.m., marked the date and time that the UK left the EU and regained its sovereignty. Ironically on the same day, in the USA, Congress 51-49 senators voted against additional witnesses for the impeachment proceedings against #45. There are 100 senators, 53 Republican, 47 Democrats, and 2 independents, and the vote fell short of 2 Republicans opting to choose the side of justice and transparency. This means an acquittal is likely, but history will tar the 49 senators that voted to prevent any further witnesses or documents as traitors to the Constitution and to the People. The two Republicans that appeared to seek justice were Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, and many would have wished John McCain would have lived to see how he would have voted.
It was a test of the strength of the Republican Party, to see if they would back a president or think for themselves as to what was the right thing to do. After all, if there was nothing to fear or hide then why not allow documents or witnesses to prove that the impeachment proceedings were null and void? No, if those in power abuse that power then they must too be removed, and many can’t see the GOP lasting after this. Those 49 senators betrayed the Constitution––they didn’t vote in the best interests of the country or the people they represent, but voted for their own political careers.
Back in the UK, there is now a transition period where a deal will be fought out with the EU, but the withdrawal bill means that the UK will still abide by EU laws until December 31, 2020, but the UK is no longer a member state of the EU. There were fireworks and parties to celebrate freedom from the shackles of the EU, yet some still protested even though they must know it is futile. Scotland is still hoping to join the EU, but that’s wishful thinking on their part as much as I love Scotland and the Scots. It’s unrealistic, and small minded, as much as some people think that the UK could and will rejoin the EU again. It’s highly unlikely, but these people who wanted to remain have excuses rather than reasons. Some are small business owners who want to pay less tax, drivers who can’t be bothered to get an International Driving Permit for their two week holiday when they go abroad, and youngsters who want to work and travel around Europe on a gap year. None of these warrant remaining in the EU because they were personal transitory benefits.
The UK and its historic role in the EEC and now EU has been discussed and it’s clear that the institution had evolved beyond the original concept and was not aligned to the values of the UK, and it had been like that for several decades. Ultimately the important thing is that democracy was upheld, and it matters not that the result was close. The UK had always challenged the EEC/EU over the years, yet members states never truly believed that the UK would leave. It’s important to note what Boris Johnson said, as in that the UK has not left Europe, but has left the EU which is an infrastructure within Europe because not all European countries are part of the EU.
The future has great potential but it will not be easy as the nation readjusts with the Scots still bleating on about wanting to remain, and a small handful of people who laugh at those who supported Brexit without actually understanding why their own reasons for remaining were flawed. It’s time to move on from the petty disputes, yet some rifts and wounds that Brexit caused will be difficult to heal. Brexit is about freedom and control while maintaining good relations with the neighboring countries. The remain protests fall on deaf ears, and social media posts that moan and groan are equally useless. While they have a right to do so nothing will change because the UK has left the EU and they need to accept it, just as other EU member states have.