The British people have spoken and voted to leave the European Union. Despite the howls of the Euro-fanatic Atlanticist pundit and 'creative' classes for re-voting until the people deliver the 'right' answer as with past EU referendums in Ireland or Denmark, there's not much that can be done to reverse this decision, only delaying of the consequences. Resigning Prime Minister David Cameron has already admitted as much to Parliament. Nor are the Scots going to ride to the EU's rescue by calling a second independence referendum anytime very soon and thus forcing the Leave majority to choose between remaining subservient to Brussels or breaking up the United Kingdom.
The problem with a 'damage control' approach to Brexit for Brussels is that, by the time the UK actually leaves the European Union in late 2017 or more likely 2018, other member nations such as France, Austria or Portugal could be voting on referendums to restore their sovereignty, accelerating the collapse of the EU and quite possibly the euro. This could lead to, as Dr. Jim Willie has predicted, creating a rump 'euromark or Nordic mark' of a German-led northern European currency for the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Finland. Instead of being able to roll with the punches or improvise, the EU might get shattered by a perfect storm of rising nationalism and economic turmoil arriving all at once -- not unlike the superpower Soviet Empire a generation ago.
Sorry Remain-ers, There's No Going Back Now -- Only Going Up and Out Slowly
This is palpable nonsense and an attempt to rewrite history. They voted. They meant it. You lost. It's over. https://t.co/TfuExByR2q
— John McGuirk (@john_mcguirk) June 25, 2016
The Fraudulent Petition Calling for a 'Revote' on Brexit --
Part of an Aborted Colored Revolution to Keep the UK 'In'?
While initially dismissing the electorate as morons using stories about how many tens or hundreds of thousands in Britain were Googling 'European Union' for the first time or seeking Irish passports, the hysterics and butthurt of the Remain camp has likely hardened the views of many in the majority that they made the right choice. The mainstream Anglo-American media's touting of three million signatures on a petition to make Parliament reconsider the vote and invoking the EU's escape clause Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is backfiring, now that the pro-Brexit UK Telegraph reported that over 23,000 of the signatures supposedly came from the Internet-starved hermit kingdom of North Korea. Hundreds more came from territories that had little to no population like the South Atlantic's S. Georgia and the Sandwich Islands.
German blogger Moon of Alabama reported it only took him 30 seconds to sign the petition from his native Germany, suggesting a high amount of fraudulent or ineligible foreign signers in that 3 million. Nick Griffin, a former MEP and leader of the British National Party (BNP), suspects the petition is part of a potential 'colored revolution' in Britain with the goal of persuading Parliament to block or indefinitely delay negotiations on London leaving the EU.Griffin believes the culprit behind the post-Remain histrionics and petitioning is none other than George Soros. But according to Saker blogger 'Scott' commenting on Griffin's piece, Soros actually was long the Pound (but not necessarily the euro or the markets which plunged) headed into the vote and was not, unlike Goldman Sachs, talking against his book.
Regardless of Soros positioning as reported by Zerohedge, the fact of the matter is that even the arch-globalist who 'broke the Bank of England' concedes that the EU is falling apart, and Britain will likely not be the last state to exit the failing bloc. 'Scott', a pro-Moscow ethnic Russian from Kiev, sees this is as a wonderful thing and tells Saker readers concerned about the globalists waiting in the shadows to create some New World Ordo out of the EU's chao to relax; the end of Atlanticism by which Washington means its own domination of the Continent is coming soon.
This is interestingly enough, the same general viewpoint of the Guerrilla Economist regarding Brexit in Monday's nearly hour-long podcast. As Bane said to the bankster bad guy in The Dark Knight Rises, "do you feel in charge?". Because 'Team Bankster' as WolfGray calls them isn't nearly as 'in charge' of events as they would pretend and everyone with a brain in Europe if not here in the US(S)A is waking up to this fact.
Is Russia a Big Winner from Brexit? The Kremlin Has Reasons for Optimism
Which bring us to the main theme of this post -- the 'Remain' and mainstream media Narrative that 'Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin' are pleased with the Brexit vote outcome. A statement from the MSM about Moscow which is, for once, actually true! What isn't true, unless one wants to have the argument both ways and insist RT is a hugely influential propaganda channel that hardly anyone in the UK watches, is that the Kremlin somehow tipped the scales in favor of Brexit (unless you're crazed neocon Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum, of course).
Even Euro-fanatics like RFE/RL 'Power Vertical' columnist Brian Whitmore were forced to acknowledge that seeing the hidden hand of the Kremlin behind millions of British votes is a conspiracy theory (albeit an Establishment-friendly conspiracy theory).
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a Stanford professor whose smarmy arrogance towards Russians is belied by his naive liberal act on social media, actually tweeted his congratulations to the Kremlin last week, saying "Tonight is a giant victory for Putin's foreign policy objectives".
The U.S.-taxpayer funded propagandist Brian Whitmore produced a video in which he un-ironically claimed Ukrainians had died on the Maidan and were dying in Donbass to get into a European Union that Britons had just voted to leave. Whether every Ukrainian nationalist fighter or soldier would agree with Mr. Whitmore's sentiments, and who are the greater fools -- the Brits who vote against Brussels, or the Ukrainians who desperately want to be subordinated to it -- are questions Whitmore's video for the RFE/RL Power Vertical program didn't answer. Here's what he wrote on June 27:
“Well, it didn’t take long for Russian officials to start gloating as the results of the Brexit referendum came in last week.
Almost immediately, Kremlin aide Boris Titov wrote the following on Facebook:
”It looks like it’s happened — the UK is out!!!
”The most important long-term effect of all this will be Europe’s escape from the Anglo-Saxons, and that means from the United States.
”This isn’t the independence of Britain from Europe, but of Europe from the United States.
”Now we’ll have a united Eurasia in 10 years.”
Likewise, State Duma deputy Sergei Zheleznyak wrote on Facebook that the EU’s priority should be the interests of its citizens rather than “Washington and the blurred, theoretical unification of Europe.”
And Aleksei Pushkov, the chairman of the State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee, gleefully tweeted that more referenda are likely and that “public opinion is dangerous” to EU leaders’ political goals.
The gloating was predictable and its tone was revealing.
In a nutshell, it summarized what Vladimir Putin’s Russia has been trying to accomplish for years: Divide Europe and destroy transatlanticism.
And the Putin regime now clearly feels that it’s one step closer to that goal.
The Kremlin hopes to take another step next year in France’s presidential elections, in which the pro-Moscow National Front leader Marine Le Pen — who has pledged to take France out of the EU and NATO — is expected to run strong.
Now, the Kremlin didn’t create the dynamics that are fracturing and fraying Europe and the transatlantic community, but it has clearly contributed to them and is doing its best to exploit them.”
Regardless of caveats posed by Mr. Whitmore's, the #BlamePutin #BlameRussia for Brexit or 'only Putin and [ISIS leader] Baghdadi would be pleased with Britain leaving' Narratives advanced by now resigned PM Cameron and on both sides of the Atlantic are receiving plenty of well-deserved ridicule. Even from anti-Kremlin bloggers and a certain globalist pinko-hipster expat writer in Moscow. The problem being for self-proclaimed anti-Putin 'progressives' like Jim Kovpak, who admits working class British Labor voters 'don't give a s--t' about whether or not Brexit makes Putin happy, is that these same UK voters like most Europeans and Americans also could probably care less about propping up a failing state in Ukraine. Especially with their tax monies whose waste and abuse by Brussels was a key issue in the Brexit campaign.
Was the Brexit Vote Against the EU Also a Slap at that Other Atlanticist Organization in Belgium -- NATO? Anecdotes of How the British Army Voted Suggest 'Yes!'
Another question Mr. Whitmore didn't want to address to avoid angering colleagues at notoriously Russophobic RFE/RL and biting the hand that feeds him: what does it say about Atlanticist foreign policy including the sanctions/military buildup against Russia if a majority of voters across Europe cannot be persuaded to support these policies? At that point is it 'the Kremlin' that's winning, or the peoples of Europe overcoming their Atlanticist/globalist overlords? For former Reagan Deputy Treasury Secretary Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, John Helmer, the longest serving Aussie if not foreign journalist currently based in Moscow, as well as University of Missouri-Kansas City scholar Michael Hudson and others, the link between Washington/NATO's wars and the immivasion fears that fueled Brexit is inescapable:
“Information continues to come in about the Brexit vote. A member of the British Army said that 90% of the lads in his unit voted to leave. They voted exit because they do not believe they should be involved in Washingtons wars. He said that his unit agreed that the wars are dictated by Washington, via Brussels, and not by the British people. He also said that that the soldiers were “taking their own pen” to the ballot box, because “they only use pencils at the polls and they could be rubbed out and changed.””
“Brexit is a vote against the apparatchiki and siloviki of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) politics, including David Cameron and Hillary Clinton. Between now and November 8, election day in the US, reading newspapers and television news about the chances of Donald Trump will be as pointless as Cameron is this morning.”
“WILPERT: So let’s begin with the political context in which the Brexit vote took place. Aside from the right-wing arguments about immigrants, economic concerns, and about Britain’s ability to control its own economy, what would you say–what do you see as being the main kind of political background in which this vote took place?
HUDSON: Well, almost all the Europeans know where the immigrants are coming from. And the ones that they’re talking about are from the Near East. And they’re aware of the fact that most of the immigrants are coming as a result of the NATO policies promoted by Hillary and by the Obama administration.
The problem began in Libya. Once Hillary pushed Obama to destroy Libya and wipe out the stable government there, she wiped out the arms–and Libya was a very heavily armed country. She turned over the arms to ISIS, to Al-Nusra, and Al-Qaeda. And Al-Qaeda used these arms under U.S. organization to attack Syria and Iraq. Now, the Syrian population, the Iraqi population, have no choice but to either emigrate or get killed.
So when people talk about the immigration to Europe, the Europeans, the French, the Dutch, the English, they’re all aware of the fact that this is the fact that Brussels is really NATO, and NATO is really run by Washington, and that it’s America’s new Cold War against Russia that’s been spurring all of this demographic dislocation that’s spreading into England, spreading into Europe, and is destabilizing things.
So what you’re seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.
WILPERT: So are you saying that people voted for Brexit because they are really–that they were concerned about the influence of the U.S.? Or are you saying that its because of the backlash, because of the immigration that happened, and the fact that the right wing took advantage of that [crosstalk].
HUDSON: Its a combination. The right wing was, indeed, pushing the immigrant issue, saying wait a minute, they’re threatening our jobs. But the left wing was just as vocal, and the left wing was saying, why are these immigrants coming here? They’re coming here because of Europe’s support of NATO, and NATO’s war that’s bombing the Near East, that is destabilizing the whole Near East, and causing a flight of refugees not only from Syria but also from Ukraine. In England, many of the so-called Polish plumbers that came years ago have now gone back to Poland, because that country’s recovered.
But now the worry is that a whole new wave of Ukrainians–and basically the U.S. policy is one of destabilization–so even the right-wing, while they have talked about immigrants, they have also denounced the [inaudible] fact that the European policy is run by the United States, and that you have both Marine Le Pen in France saying, we want to withdraw from NATO; we don’t want confrontation with Russia. You have the left wing in England saying, we don’t want confrontation with Russia. And last week when I was in Germany you had the Social Democratic Party leaders saying that Russia should be invited back into the G8, that NATO was taking a warlike position and was hurting the European economy by breaking its ties with Russia and by forcing other sanctions against Russia.”
Providing some non-European/American Asian perspective from a major BRICS country with historically good relations with Moscow, retired Indian diplomat and Asia Times columnist M.K. Badrakhumar had this to say:
“Arguably, Brexit eases the pressure on Russia from the West and provides it with the respite to pay greater attention to the reality that in the recent years, China has been steadily expanding its influence in Eurasia – not only in Central Asia but also in the Balkans and Central Europe.
What matters most for Moscow will be whether Brexit will arrest the recent trend, encouraged in no small measure by Washington, toward militarization of Europe. The upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw (July 8-9) will now be taking place under the shadow of Brexit.
It may be a harbinger of things to come that Bulgaria and Romania last week voiced opposition to the idea of a NATO fleet in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov said on Thursday with a touch of sarcasm that the Black Sea should be a place where yachts and large boats filled with tourists sail rather than being a military arena.
Practical cooperation within the alliance may continue in the near term. But it remains to be seen how far Washington will succeed in keeping the European mind trained on the highly contrived thesis of Russia being a revisionist state that has put military mobilization at the center of its strategic thinking.
Brexit poses questions for NATO although the British people have not voted to leave the alliance.”
The Brazilian journalist Pepe "Empire of Chaos" Escobar, one of the Guerrilla's favorite commentators, added this:
“The irrepressibly mediocre Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, posing as a “historian”, had warned that Brexit, “could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but Western political civilization in its entirety”.
That’s foolish. Brexit proved that it’s immigration, stupid. And once again, it’s the economy, stupid (although the British neoliberal establishment never paid attention). But serious bets can be made the EU system in Brussels won’t learn anything from the shock therapy – and won’t reform itself. There will be rationalizations that after all the UK was always classically whiny, obtrusive and demanding special privileges when dealing with the EU. As for “Western political civilization”, what will end – and this is a big thing — is the special transatlantic relationship between the US and the EU with Britain as an American Trojan Horse.”
#Brexit just in time!
— Jim Jatras (@JimJatras) June 28, 2016
Now It's Your Turn: Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov Compares the Brexit to the Independence of the Baltic States Which Accelerated the Break Up of the USSR
After two days of watching the market turmoil and largely referring to Vladimir Putin's statements that Brexit was the will of the British voters and had nothing to do with Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did finally weigh in with what may have been a personal opinion, but was nonetheless language with a pointed message for the (post)West bureaucrats and politicians from Washington to Brussels: a generation ago it was our turn in the Soviet Union to watch things unravel, now it's yours. Without explicitly invoking Leningrad-raised author Dmitry Orlov's Reinventing Collapse, Peskov implied that there are some parallels between the collapse of the USSR and the EU(SSR)'s (and the NATO Pact's?) unraveling before our eyes:
“The upheaval in the U.K. after its Brexit referendum in favor of leaving the European Union has similarities to the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman.
While it’s “unreasonable to draw direct parallels,” it’s obvious that the U.K. is going through a “turbulent, confusing and unpredictable period,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Monday. Russia “has gone through the collapse of the Soviet Union and many generations clearly remember the period of the Soviet collapse, that period of uncertainty.”
Russia’s recalling the trauma of the end of the Soviet Union as the U.K. wrestles with the consequences of becoming the first member state to choose to leave the EU, casting a shadow over the bloc’s future existence. The USSR was dissolved in December 1991, more than 18 months after Lithuania led the Baltic republics in declaring independence.”
Peskov's comparison, while likely to be dismissed as facile or Russian schadenfraude/wishful thinking by Atlanticists, naturally begs the question: who will be the collapsing EU(SSR)'s Mikhail Gorbachev, the man (or woman) blamed by his (her) countrymen for allowing the EU(SSR) Empire to come apart? And who will be the EU's Boris Yeltsin, the man (or woman) who comes along to finally give a tottering empire a good shove into oblivion? The Russia Analyst can think of a couple candidates, both female...one German, and one French. What do you think?
Guerrilla Update: BREXIT. An Exit To The Gold Standard (06/27/2016) https://t.co/gbyji8RZYR
— Rogue Money (@theroguemoney) June 28, 2016