Charles M. Flett
March - July 2019
"Remain" or "Leave"? that was the burning question,
The voting choice the hoi polloi1 to make,
The MP's gift was Cameron's conception,
The future of the country now at stake.
The battle joined with right and left opinions,
Misinformation, propaganda rife,
Slogans were believed or not - by millions,
The country subdivided by this strife.
Foreigners were targets for some "Leavers",
Immigration deemed a dirty word,
Dismissed their contributions - those deceivers
Ignoring them as though they'd never heard.
EU bills by several judged a scandal,
So "Leave", they said would make our country rich,
More money for the NHS to handle,
Bus adverts were convincing with this pitch.
The arguments for "Leave" were more persuasive,
"Remain's" appeal, insipid and mundane,
Their attitude was often too presumptive,
So weakening the thrust of their campaign.
June 23rd, the voting booths were open,
Eighteens and over now could have their say,
By ten pm the British folk had spoken,
The due outcome for MPs to obey!
England's vote was "Leave" by 8 clear points,2
While Scotland's score was 24 to "Stay",
And likewise Ulster's 12 - states no checkpoints!
Welsh 5 percent help keep "Remain" at bay.
The overall result was unexpected,
Again the polsters got it badly wrong,
"Remain" supporters sadly disappointed,
The vote to "Leave" eventually too strong.
Theresa May's Brexit
Three years since then finds Tories in a mess!
With Brexit hard or Brexit soft or something in-between,
Theresa's "Red Lines" deal is failing to impress,
Complexity of Leaving just never was foreseen!
The PM's played her very last trump card,
Removal vans soon parked at number ten?
Constitution may easily be marred,
History repeats - is 16883 with us again?
Europe speaks - "A trick or treat" reprieve,4
In desperation May consults with Labour,
Six months to rangle more before we leave,
Delay's not doing anyone a favour!
EU elections will be held in May,
Our claim to be excused has come to naught,
A pointless exercise most would gainsay,
"We're leaving, Stupid!" - "No! Not yet you're not."
Some dismayed Tories recently rebelled,
And joined a new-formed party - fancied clear,
Named "Brexit" by its leader undispelled,
In photoshoots - he still holds fag and beer.5
Hard line "Remainers", both from left and right,
Field "Change UK", their team v Nigel's lot.
Battle lines drawn up for needless futile fight,
Which fed up voters will probably boycott.
The Corbyn-May duet has run its course,
Labour pulled the plug and walked away!6
Asserting Tories' fault was failure's source,
But any old excuse suits Corbyn's play!
Theresa's power is dwindling day by day,
Her Cabinet support is fading fast,
Her "Bold New" deal leaves Party in dismay,
Her Premiership is destined not to last!
Red letter day - the 24th of May,
Theresa's PM time is duly over,
Comeuppance for her failure, some will say,
Others will applaud her best endeavour.
EU election votes have now been cast,
"Brexit" party easily topped the poll,
Mainstream parties have simply been surpassed,
"Remains" inclusive votes win overall!7
The list for May's old job, like Topsy, grows,8
Election rounds will whittle down to two,
Whoever's deemed more suitable of those,
Gets chosen by the many - not the few.9
A small diversion just to fill a verse!
Trump's over here, chin wagging with the Queen,
His interfering tweets are just perverse,
Pro Boris tick, while Sadiq slight's obscene.10
PMs-in-waiting now reduced to two,11
Boris J starts favourite of the pair,
But Jerry H should win on teleview,
He's smarter in debate most would declare.
These two are busy roaming here and there,
Horse-trading with their Members for their votes,
Of "Brexit's" detailed plans, we're unaware,
Instead the press prints Boris anecdotes!12
The ballot papers now have been sent out,
At least one thousand members have had two!
But voting twice is sure the rules to flout,
And sacking from the Party will ensue!
Odds now shorten for a no-deal "Brexit",
To date, trade deals with non EUs are few!13
Chaos sure to follow with this exit,
Perhaps resulting in a poors' milieu!
All voting done - ends weeks of ballyhoos,14
Winner's name announced now to the Nation,
Theresa holds her final PMQs,
Then to Buck House to tend her resignation.
The die is cast we have a new PM,
Party's vote has clearly chosen Boris,15
He boasts a rescue plan from past mayhem,
HM thinks the job's a poisoned chalice!
Three months are left - his "Brexit" still to furbish,
Or leave EU without a deal's been done.
This rhyme's misquoting Tim's last selfless wish
For future times, "God help us, everyone".16
1 The masses; the populace.
2 Precentage difference between Leave and Remain.
3 The so-called Bloodless Revolution.
4 Six months extension agreed with the EU, Taking us up to October 31, Halloween.
5 Nigel Farage; new party name; same old message, yet leads in EU election polls.
6 Corbyn was still sitting on the fence, trying to keep Labour Leavers and Remainers on side.
7 Combining Lib Dem's, Green's, Scot Nat's and Pliad Cymru's votes.
8 A total of 13 Tory MPs registered their names.
9 Tory Party members, about 160,000, will now join the Parliamentary Party in choosing their new leader.
10 Trump's interference in our PM election in favour of Boris Johnson, and his comments against London's
Moslem Mayor Sadiq Khan.
11 Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.
12 Articles about his character and private life
13 July 10.
14 Voting ends on 22nd July; Tory leader named on the 23rd; Theresa May resigns on the 24th.
15 Johnson gets 66% of the votes
16 Charles Dickens ends "A Christmas Carol" with the reconcilliatory words "God bless us, everyone", spoken by Tiny Tim Cratchit.
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