Positive prophecies about the Brexit process speak of renewal and progress, of the UK being transformed into a forerunner or firstfruits of the end times revival. The focus of these various utterances tends to be on the miracles and spiritual salvation that God will bring when He visits our beleaguered nation. However, they also speak of government and politics, and I believe that is correct: the coming Millennium involves the rule of the saints over the Gentiles, so preparation for this rule is an appropriate topic of prophetic utterances.

There is a spiritual entanglement (net/serpent/dragon/Leviathan) that is corrupting our politics. It is a tyrant in its way. At the terrestrial level, though, one can also discern a number of issues that have broken the system.

One is the lack of accountability between the Cabinet and the People. Our system survived for a long time with this defect because our cultural norms and other features of our constitution allowed us to muddle through, but it is no longer supportable in our current age.

Instead of having the winning party choose its leader, the People must choose whom they would have as Prime Minister, in a manner similar to the election of the President in the USA. I also believe that certain ministers should also be directly elected, in order to curb the growth of the executive swamp that both Britons and Americans lament so bitterly.

This measure by itself is not sufficient. Other constitutional reforms are needed in order to prevent the executive or the legislature from trampling on the liberties of the People. A written constitution or a heavily-entrenched constitutional Act is necessary that contains both prohibitive and mandatory elements. For example, greater protections for freedom of speech are needed: Parliament should never have been able to create the offence of “hate speech” and the common law should not be permitted to do this either.

The party system is itself problematic in our current Brexit crisis. While the local party associations can be a tool for policing MPs (see the local Conservative association’s vote of no confidence in Dominic Grieve), their efforts are sporadic, and generally of little effect during constitutional crises.

Added to the ineffectiveness of such policing is the shame of the whips. While many would argue that the party-and-whip system is a means of compelling MPs to obey their democratic mandates, this point is debatable. In any event, it is arguably unethical to compel an MP to vote against his conscience. Would we expect God’s council of saints to behave in this manner?

Furthermore, the party system compels Britons to vote tactically at times instead of for the candidates they actually want. Many Britons in the last two elections wanted to vote for UKIP-fielded candidates, but voted instead for Conservative ones in order to prevent Jeremy Corbyn from coming to power. The centrist-leaning nature of much of the Conservative Party meant candidates meant that the right-wing position of much of the electorate received little in the way of representation in the House.

We are in a terrible position right now. If the country is to come into proper alignment with the Kingdom, it must be reformed at all levels. We must become moral and our systems must reflect true morality.