#ThisIsACoup UK Edition

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The British Right are staging a coup, under the cover of the EU Referendum.

Yes, you heard it here first. Those who failed at the ballot box in 2015 are now leading an organised insurrection against Parliament.

The only all-UK Brexit supporting party with Parliamentary representation is UKIP, with 1 MP and 12.6% of the national vote. Yes, not all Convervative MPs (the Tories won 36.9% of the vote and 131 of their MPs favour Leave, while 171 support Remain) are pro-European, but only one party ran on a completely anti-Europe, anti-immigration platform and was rewarded with 12.6% of the vote in May 2015. Nigel Farage the leader of this band of unpleasant bigots and racists is now a leading figure in #Leave, the campaign for Brexit. He is assisted by the ultimate political opportunist Boris Johnson, who sees a chance to steal the leadership of the governing party from hapless Cameron, who was shortsighted enough to call this referendum.

Lets set some things straight for the record. Brexit is 100% economically damaging. The only reason why people are seriously considering it is because they are concerned about immigration, and Leave offers an avenue to express these (largely unfounded and irrational) concerns. The price to pay for restricting European immigration however is losing access to the Single Market, as has been made perfectly clear by everyone in Europe. Brexit means significant, long term financial harm. People may be hopeful and look fondly upon pleasant sounding fairy-tales, but the result is the same. Brexit will mean a poorer Britain for a very long time.

Nonetheless, Brexiteers seem to have bamboozled enough voters, if you believe the polls, to stand a chance of winning. Their win may not take the country outside the EU necessarily (recent statements by the Leave camp try to explain how long-winded the process of leaving will be, casting doubt on their desire to actually achieve it). What it will manage however is to undo the democratically expressed wishes of the British people in the May 2015 election. A Leave win will precipitate a takeover of the leadership of the Conservatives by Brexiteers and opportunists like Boris who never enjoyed any significant support in the ballot box. A Leave win will allow the UKIP fanatics of Farage to dictate policy with 1 MP to the other 649. My argument here is that most of the 150 MPs who support Brexit post-election would have struggled to get elected on such a platform in 2015.
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This is not a democratic outcome, this is a coup. Do not let it happen.

Vote #Remain

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