Recently, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned her fellow Tories that the Conservative Party was at risk of a takeover from “extremist Brexit forces.”
Rumors are circling that the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) are getting tired of May dragging her feet. They are seeking a more robust Brexit – one that allows the UK to keep a great deal of its money to itself, and does not allow for other economies in the EU to drag down the UK after the exit.
The center of the most recent fight seems to be Arron Banks, a financial advocate for the UKIP and the founder of the Leave.EU organization. Leave.EU is not afraid to break the rules of ordinary European politics to get things done. Granted, these rules are standing in the way of a clean breakup.
Just like President Donald Trump, Banks’ enemies are attempting to tarnish his reputation within UK politics by linking him tenuously to Russia. Partly because of these accusations, which so far have proven unfounded, Banks was unable to secure a membership within the mainstream Conservative Party.
If leaders who are looking to preserve the sanctity of the UK are not allowed into mainstream politics, what do we expect them to do?
Banks has been a vocal opponent of May’s soft Brexit strategy. He has supported Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, who are both movers and shakers in the Brexit movement. Banks has stated that the fight for Brexit is now firmly in the hands of the Conservative Party, and the way that conservatives handle it will determine the full success or failure of the measure.
Although American conservatives should definitely be on the side of the so-called “extremists” in this case, there is definitely a political angle to consider. Although the extremists might be more effective and economically savvy, the mainstream UK voter has been scared away from productivity by May and her control over the mainstream media. Centrist voters still hold the majority bloc in the country, and the sect that wins them over will win the Brexit war.
Although extremist policies may be more effective, they are not being sold as such. Leaders such as Banks are being completely denied access – not because they are wrong in their policies, but precisely because their policies might be more effective than those of the current leadership. However, May is consistently worried about her position, as she should be. She is not leading the charge for the UK as she should be, and forces that are more qualified are knocking at her door.
Smart, pro-Brexit members are taking a much more reasonable line of thinking. What party, after all, has a problem when more people want to join it? Banks is bringing with him a significant number of people and money. The Conservative Party would be well advised to look into the leverage that this additional group of “extremists” could bring them, regardless of May’s personal power struggles with them.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter