Brexit 1
Charles M. Flett
March - July 2019

  • Part 1.

  • The Referendum

  • "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.
  • Part 2.

  • 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.
  • Part 3.

  • Interregnum

  • 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


  • Notes
  • 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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