Brexit and Britain’s ‘Deep State’
In the May-June 2018 issue of the Philadelphia Trumpet, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote a lengthy article that explained why America’s government, and the nation at large, is buckling under scandal, dysfunction and division.
The article discussed America’s “deep state,” a powerful alliance of government agencies, radical-leftist politicians and bureaucrats, and the mainstream media, which since 2016 has worked surreptitiously to destroy Donald Trump and the democratic will of the American people.
When I read his article recently, I couldn’t help thinking about Britain, and especially Brexit. Is there a British “deep state” working to undermine Brexit?
Three years ago this month, 51.9 percent of the British public voted to leave the European Union. Almost 73 percent of eligible voters participated in the June 2016 referendum, the highest turnout ever for a referendum. More than 33 million people voted. The result was unequivocal: The majority wanted to leave the EU.
Three years have passed, and Britain hasn’t budged. In that time, Brexit has taken out two prime ministers, lobotomized the nation’s two largest political parties, and paralyzed the political system with division, dysfunction and scandal.
Why hasn’t Britain left the EU?
Opinions abound. But one thing is evident: Since June 2016, an alliance of government agencies, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, and the mainstream media has worked surreptitiously to prevent Brexit. Britain has a “deep state” that is passionately committed to rejecting the democratic mandate of the British people and keeping the nation wedded to the European Union.
In an interview with lbc earlier this year, Boris Johnson, a leading Brexiteer and the leading candidate to become Britain’s next prime minister, warned what will happen if the government does not separate Britain from the EU. “I think that people will feel betrayed,” he warned, “and I think they will feel there’s been a great conspiracy by the deep state of the UK, the people who really run the country, to overturn the vote in the referendum.”
Johnson received a lot of flak for that remark. Many discarded it as typical Johnson hyperbole. But the evidence is on his side.
Britain’s deep state includes some of the nation’s most influential personalities and institutions, including the bbc, the Electoral Commission, the Treasury, the Bank of England, and myriad career politicians, civil servants and media elites. Most devastatingly, it also includes large factions of both the Labour and Conservative parties.
Let’s start with Britain’s Electoral Commission, the independent body responsible for overseeing elections and regulating political finance. This critical organization is supposed to “act at all times” to “uphold its impartiality.” To the contrary, the commission has been used as a powerful weapon to attack pro-Brexit organizations.
A 2018 investigation by the Sunday Telegraph revealed that at least four members of the commission’s 10-member board have publicly voiced support for the Remain campaign. Chairman Sir John Holmes is an avowed Remainer who has said that he “regrets the result of the referendum.”
The Electoral Commission has been accused of raiding Brexit party headquarters two days before election and turning a blind eye to finance violations by anti-Brexit organizations whilst at the same time engaging in exhaustive investigations fishing for violations by pro-Brexit campaigns.
The Electoral Commission has actively persecuted most of the key leaders of Brexit campaigns. Since the EU referendum, Matthew Elliott, chief executive of Vote Leave; Darren Grimes, head of the youth campaign BeLeave; and Dominic Cummings, campaign director of Vote Leave, have all faced harassment and investigations from the commission.
For example, after the referendum, the Electoral Commission investigated, fined and reported Vote Leave to the police for allegedly breaking the rules of campaign finance. The case went to the High Court, where Vote Leave proved that they had actually consulted with the Electoral Commission about campaign donations and had operated according to its written advice.
In September 2018, after two years in court, the High Court ruled that the Electoral Commission had given Vote Leave the wrong advice. In its judgment, the court described the commission’s behavior as “unconstructive, “arbitrary” and, in crucial instances, lacking “rational basis.”
This organization is responsible for safeguarding Britain’s democracy and the rule of law!
Since 2016, Brexiteer politicians have also become targets of the anti-Brexit deep state. The most obvious example is Nigel Farage, the leader of the recently created Brexit Party and the godfather of Brexit. Farage is routinely depicted by establishment politicians and the media as a xenophobic, far-right lunatic who is bent on returning Britain to the Middle Ages. The truth is, Nigel Farage is by far the closest to being in harmony with the majority of the British public on Brexit.
Other Brexiteers have also come under attack. On May 29, for example, a district judge in London issued a court summons to start a criminal prosecution of Boris Johnson for remarks he made during the EU referendum about the cost of EU membership. The judge’s decision to sanction the criminal prosecution of routine political discourse surprised and alarmed many.
“This feels like a dangerous moment for our democracy,” said Stephen Parkinson, senior partner of London law firm Kingsley Napley. “Once we allow the criminal law into the arena of political debate, policing what can or cannot be said, that will inevitably have a chilling effect and ultimately undermine democracy itself.”
By these standards, virtually any politician could be taken to criminal court.
Last week, Britain’s High Court stepped in and dismissed the lower court’s decision. Just in time too. This week, Conservative Party members of Parliament are in the process of selecting Britain’s next prime minister, and Boris Johnson is the leading candidate. An ongoing criminal investigation would likely have removed Johnson—one of the party’s strongest Brexiteers—from the race.
Then there’s the bbc, an iconic organization and easily the most influential news organization in Britain. The bbc operates independently from the government and is financed by the British taxpayer. Its editorial guidelines state: “Impartiality lies at the heart of public service and is the core of the bbc’s commitment to its audiences.”
But not when it comes to Brexit and the UK’s relations with the EU. The bbc has a long history of being pro-EU. This is documented in numerous polls and studies. This January 2018 report from Civitas, a respected think tank, documents how “pro-Brexit voices have been marginalized in the bbc’s coverage of EU issues for most of the past 20 years.”
The report is filled with evidence showing the bbc’s anti-Brexit bent. For example, “[O]f 4,275 survey-period guests talking about the EU on bbc Radio 4’s flagship Today program between 2005 and 2015, only 132 (3.2 percent) were supporters of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.”
A YouGov poll from January 2018 showed that 45 percent of Leave voters believed that the bbc was actively anti-Brexit. (Among Remain voters, only 13 percent considered the bbc pro-Brexit).
Influential bbc news programs like Today and Question Time are notoriously anti-Brexit. Whilst both programs feature pro-Brexit personalities, the pro-Brexit figures are nearly always outnumbered by Remainers, generally have less time to speak, and are subject to much stronger scrutiny and pushback.
I have lived in the UK for seven years. I watch the news, including the bbc, and I have yet to see a single story making a strong case that Britain can and will successfully exit the EU. This is shocking, considering a majority of the nation voted to leave Europe. The bbc simply refuses to report in a positive manner on the democratic will of the majority of the British public.
Meanwhile, it’s keen and quick to report—often melodramatically—on the slightest hint or suggestion that Brexit could have negative consequences. It is now routine to hear people expressing dismay at the bbc for its Brexit coverage. “Frankly, the bbc has become the supporter of a foreign organization called the EU,” opined former Conservative M.P. Lord Norman Tebbit last year.
It’s not just the bbc. Except for two or three tabloids, Britain’s media actively undermines Brexit across the board. Often, this means engaging in sinister attacks on Brexit figures and organizations like Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party. The list of those who use social media, tv and the papers to undermine Brexit and slander Brexiteers reads like a who’s who of Britain’s elite. It includes former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown; top sports stars, including Gary Lineker (former footballer and a top bbc talent); and global icon Sir David Attenborough.
Then there’s the Treasury and the Bank of England. The Treasury is the government department responsible for managing the UK’s economy and finances. Ahead of the June 2016 referendum, it attempted to frighten people from voting for Brexit with relentless warnings that leaving the EU would “cause an immediate and profound economic shock” and would plunge the nation into terrible recession. In fact, the UK economy grew in both 2016 and 2017, and unemployment, instead of rising dramatically as the Treasury forecast, fell.
Since June 2016, the Treasury has delivered one jeremiad after another. And for three years, Britain’s economy has defied the forecast and remained strong and healthy. Charles Moore recently opined that the Treasury is “so anti-Brexit that it tries to weaken the British economy to prove its own dismal forecasts right.”
It’s the same with the Bank of England, Britain’s central bank. This bank, wrote Sir Paul Marshall in the Financial Times in January, “has now come to embody anti-Brexit cognitive bias to such a degree that it endangers its credibility as an institution.” The Bank of England’s predictions about the negative consequences of Brexit “were so far adrift as to be embarrassing,” he wrote.
There’s also the civil service, comprised of thousands of employees in an assembly of government departments who are responsible for advising the government and executing the decisions of cabinet leaders. Britain’s civil service has a wonderful legacy of efficiency and order; the civil service was the engine that kept the British Empire purring. Today, many are concerned that the civil service is filled with Remainers who, instead of setting aside their personal views and executing the will of the British public, are working to undermine Brexit and keep Britain in the EU.
This article from an active civil servant is distressing. “As a civil servant I can tell you large parts of the Whitehall machine are systematically working against leaving the EU,” it says. “I have met thousands of civil servants in the past few years: I can only recall five who voted for Brexit.”
Others, including respected journalists such as Charles Moore and Allison Pearson, as well as politicians such as Conservative M.P. Sir John Redwood, have expressed similar fears. “I don’t generally set much store by talk of establishment conspiracies. History teaches us that more things arise from [human error] than collusion. Still, over the past week, it has been hard to suppress a gnawing feeling that we are approaching the climax of a powerful and well-coordinated plot to thwart the democratic will of the British people as expressed in the referendum on June 23, 2016,” wrote Pearson last November.
She wrote that a “coup is being staged by civil service against the British people.”
We’ve just hit 2,000 words and I haven’t even discussed Britain’s mainstream political parties. The past three years have furnished an enormous volume of evidence proving that both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have large contingents that simply do not want Brexit. Many politicians talk about accomplishing the will of the people and leaving the EU.
But they are infused with the spirit of the deep state and refuse to take action to uphold the rule of law and democracy!
In his booklet America Under Attack, Mr. Flurry reveals the ultimate power behind America’s deep state. That power, he explains, is revealed by the prophecy in Revelation 12, which says explicitly that Satan the devil would, in the end time, be cast down to Earth. (Biblical passages such as 2 Corinthians 4:4 and Ephesians 2:2 clearly reveal the presence of the devil in world affairs.)
What did Satan and his demons do after they were confined to Earth? Again, the Bible reveals, in Revelation 12:13-14, that his first target was God’s Church.
But he didn’t stop with the Church. As Mr. Flurry writes, “After that, he directed his attack against physical Israel. Who is that? Specifically, it is three of the modern nations that descended from the biblical nation of Israel—chiefly the United States, Britain and the Jewish state.” (You can easily prove the identity of these nations with your free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)
“So, even though this passage [Revelation 12] doesn’t explicitly mention physical Israel, Satan’s attack on the U.S., Britain and Israel is the subtext,” Mr. Flurry goes on to write. “Satan must have attacked the nations of Israel leading up to the Great Tribulation of those three nations. Satan attacked the Church, then he attacked the nations of Israel.”
America’s lawless deep state is the creation of Satan the devil and his demons. They are using it to try to destroy America. And if the devil has a deep state in America, isn’t it logical to believe he might also be in control of a deep state—or at least be operating in the spirit of a deep state—in Britain as well? (And the Jewish state too.)
If you haven’t yet, you really need to read America Under Attack, especially the first chapter. This powerful and enlightening book is like a compass: It will help you navigate end-time world events, especially in America, Britain and Israel.
Why would the devil want Britain in the EU? It’s simple, really. The European Union is a German-dominated entity that operates in the spirit of the Holy Roman Empire. And the Holy Roman Empire, as we explain in The Holy Roman Empire in Prophecy, is a powerful tool used by Satan over the millennia to conquer Europe and much of Western civilization.
Study the history of Napoleon or Adolf Hitler, and you will see that the Holy Roman Empire actually despises democracy and the constitutional rule of law and freedom of religion and human rights. Historically, the Holy Roman Empire in Europe is in many ways the antithesis of the British Empire and the United States. This is why Europe and Anglo-America have, on the whole, been competitors and even outright enemies.
This understanding about Revelation 12 and Satan the devil being cast down sheds so much light on Brexit. Thanks to Bible prophecy, we can really understand what is happening with Brexit: Satan the devil is using the deep state to try and keep Britain locked in the European Union!
This prophecy explains the political situation here in Britain, which is almost surreal. The deep state’s refusal to leave the EU is destroying the British people’s faith in government. It is inflicting irreparable damage on the greatest parliamentary democracy in the world. It has set the nation on the path to collapse.