What kind of Brexit do you want? No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No!

With only a few hours left before the Brexit deadline and with the United Kingdom still unclear about what it wants to do, British Members of Parliament were presented with eight options today, some of which they had already refused in the past, some of which were new, some of which remained vague.

Prime Minister May had been complaining that Parliament keeps telling her what it doesn’t want, but cannot agree on what it does want. Among eight options, one would hope, at least one could garner a majority.

Alas, that didn’t happen.

So what will happen next? Chaos and mayhem, even more of it.

But, respected loyal subjects of the Crown, you must not despair, for Parliament did find time – on the same day! – to discuss such pressing matters as the Queen in Parliament, the Civil War of 1648 and the sovereignty of the mace.

The mentioned mace, for the illumination of readers not versed in arcane political symbols, is a silver-gilt ornamental club and a symbol of royal authority. Without it, Parliament cannot meet, debate or pass laws.

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So, if you want to bring British parliamentary democracy to a standstill, you simply pick up the mace and walk out of the Palace of Westminster. As the monarch has no real executive or legislative powers according to the constitution, which, by the way, nobody can seem to find and nobody has ever seen, the Queen would be rendered ineffective too.

But surely, that would never happen, would it?

Well, last December, a Member of Parliament tried. The end of the political system as we know it was only averted because a lady with a sword stopped him. And what country wouldn’t have ladies with swords in their parliament in the 21st century?

Fun fact 1: If the right honourable member for Brighton Kemptown had managed to get to the nearest church with the mace unscathed and found a bishop to perform the necessary ceremony, he could have become king. But only if he is not Catholic.

Fun fact 2: One argument of Brexiters against the European Union was that it was, allegedly, an undemocratic body with opaque rules.

Links:

  • More articles about Brexit.
  • Another example of everyday objects being mythologically supercharged in Great Britain is the Stone of Scone.
  • This story was also published on Medium.
  • Zur deutschen Fassung dieses Artikels.

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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6 Responses to What kind of Brexit do you want? No! No! No! No! No! No! No! No!

  1. Pingback: Welchen Brexit wollt Ihr? Nein! Nein! Nein! Nein! Nein! Nein! Nein! Nein! | Der reisende Reporter

  2. Dino Bragoli says:

    There is something quite wrong with ‘If you agree with me I will resign’, shouldn’t it be the other way around? I think May is very stressed at the moment.

  3. brokenradius says:

    Why cant they simply write an SMS (max 160 characters) saying something like
    “After 40 years sharing bed and table with you, I decided to start a brandnew, selfdetermined life. Lets stay good friends”.
    “PS: And thanks for all the fish”
    (this would already count as a 2nd SMS, but Mrs. T .May has perhaps a flat rate)

  4. brokenradius says:

    I heard that Mrs. May has offered to do a public blow job during tomorrows debate to speaker John Berkow, right on his brown leather chair, if the MPs would only approve her Brexit deal.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I cannot believe the Island Monkeys have been granted yet another extension.

    • I really like the UK and would want it to stay in the EU, but these extensions make no sense, particularly as we are going into elections for the European Parliament now. And it’s distracting the EU from other matters.

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