15 thoughts on “Brexit proceeds apace – copying Trump’s style and grace

  1. Zut alors says:

    (BBC News 1/17/19): French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said a no-deal Brexit looks “less and less unlikely” and has launched a contingency plan to prepare for it.
    After the UK Parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement, Mr Philippe said laws had to be passed and millions invested in French ports and airports.
    An EU official will now visit all 27 capitals to co-ordinate no-deal plans.
    EU countries with close UK ties have already begun preparing for its departure on 29 March without a deal.
    “We are taking this very seriously now as the possibility of a no-deal Brexit is becoming more possible after Tuesday night,” said European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas. “This is work which is ongoing and it’s developing fully. We are not taking any chances.
    …Theresa May will have to put a new EU withdrawal plan to Parliament by 21 January ahead of a vote by MPs eight days later.”

  2. Bovril says:

    BBC News: A no-deal Brexit threatens the UK’s food security and will lead to higher prices and empty shelves in the short-term, retailers are warning. Sainsbury’s, Asda and McDonald’s are among those warning stockpiling fresh food is impossible and that the UK is very reliant on the EU for produce. The warning comes in a letter from the British Retail Consortium and is signed by several of the major food retailers. It comes ahead of crucial votes in Parliament on Tuesday. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47028748 See also chart “Where our food comes from” @ https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/2112/production/_105366480_foodorigin-nc-3.jpg

  3. Long day wanes says:

    “Fool Britannia” by Hari Kunzru (New York Review of Books Feb 21, 2019 issue) Review of “Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain” by Fintan O’Toole https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/02/21/brexit-fool-britannia/
    David Low, Evening Standard (UK), 18 Jun 1940 https://archive.cartoons.ac.uk/GetMultimedia.ashx?db=Catalog&type=default&fname=LSE2791.jpg
    Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 4 June 1940 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14IVzLjoFBQ

  4. Wanker says:

    Seven pro-Europe lawmakers abruptly quit the opposition Labour Party on Monday over their frustration with its leader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of Brexit and anti-Semitism allegations in the ranks. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/seven-lawmakers-quit-britains-labour-party-over-brexit-and-anti-semitism/2019/02/18/a90c5154-7f8d-451a-b941-78b7cc32fe86_story.html?utm_term=.c839f0ec41fc&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1 The seven said that they would sit in Parliament as an independent group. Their defection creates new opportunities and complications for the upcoming votes on how Britain leaves the European Union next month —if it leaves at all.

  5. Bill comes due says:

    “The more we learn about Brexit, the more crooked it looks” (Washington Post Opinion 3/8/19) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/the-more-we-learn-about-brexit-the-more-crooked-it-looks/2019/03/08/b011517c-411c-11e9-922c-64d6b7840b82_story.html?utm_term=.55289b5f2b49&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
    “…The British media continue to investigate, but if anyone were trying to influence the British referendum campaign from outside the country – beyond the social media manipulation that is now de rigueur in almost every election – it’s possible that we’ll never know.
    And here’s the final irony: If Brexit was the creation, in part, of this new world of offshore money and political influence campaigns, Brexit may well ensure that it continues unrestricted. The EU is probably the only power in Europe – maybe even the only one in the world – with the regulatory strength to change the culture of tax avoidance. And since 2016, it has been slowly enacting rules designed to do exactly that. Britain, once it leaves the EU, may well be exempt.
    British industry might suffer after Brexit, and British power will be reduced. But the gray zone – where politics meets money, where foreign money can become domestic, where assets can be hidden and connections concealed – will survive. Perhaps that was the point all along.”

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