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Tweedledee or Tweedledum or ELSE: Portugal President Refuses to Allow Democratically Elected Anti-EU Coalition to Govern!

I have long had a theory:  The United Kingdom would only get shed of the EU if two things both happen:  NO wins the referendum and there is a euroskeptic government in power.  Otherwise the pols will simply ignore the results and try again until the British people get the message (with a nod to Hotel California):  You can check out but you can never leave!  If the vote was say 70-30,then maybe Britain gets out.

Here’s part of my evidence:  The President of Portugal, a ceremonial head of state similar to Queen Elizabeth II, has refused to allow a (partially) euroskeptic coalition of parties to come to power even though they won a majority of the votes!  Here’s the Breitbart report and a commentary in the UK Telegraph.

From the Telegraph:

Portugal has entered dangerous political waters. For the first time since the creation of Europe’s monetary union, a member state has taken the explicit step of forbidding eurosceptic parties from taking office on the grounds of national interest.


“In 40 years of democracy, no government in Portugal has ever depended on the support of anti-European forces, that is to say forces that campaigned to abrogate the Lisbon Treaty, the Fiscal Compact, the Growth and Stability Pact, as well as to dismantle monetary union and take Portugal out of the euro, in addition to wanting the dissolution of NATO,” said [Portugal President] Mr [Anibal] Cavaco Silva.

President Silva explained:

This is the worst moment for a radical change to the foundations of our democracy.
President Cavaco Silva
He’s right about that!  But it is President Silva, probably doing the bidding of the EU leaders in Brussels, who has radically changed democracy.
This is not the case of a Nazi or fascist or another anti-democratic party coming to power but rather those who would restore the sovereignty of the nation of Portugal being refused the levers of power because they do not recognize the sovereignty of the EU.
The left parties who have the majority are going to vote no confidence in the defeated center right coalition and then try to defy the President.  They need to do one more thing:  The people of Portugal need to hit the streets – peacefully – but hit the streets and not let up until Brussels gets the message:  Don’t Tread On Me!  The lesson for my US readers:  The EU is NOT our friend.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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