Impending Upheaval

News item I caught late last night:

Moments ago, UK Parliament passed legislation giving prime minister Theresa May approval to start the Brexit process and allowing the government to invoke Article 50, with the House of Commons overturning amendments from the unelected House of Lords that sought to limit May’s room for maneuver.  While press reports earlier said May could trigger Article 50 as early as Thursday, subsequent reports from Bloomberg suggested that she will commence Brexit in the last week of March.

The victory for May in Parliament, where she has a slim majority, allows her to negotiate Brexit with a free hand and consolidates her hold on power in the ruling Conservative Party. That said, according to Bloomberg she now faces the simultaneous challenge of pulling Britain out of the EU on good terms while navigating a second constitutional upheaval: Scotland’s renewed bid for independence.

On Monday evening, lawmakers rejected two revisions by unelected peers which would have guaranteed rights for EU citizens living in the U.K. and given Parliament a final binding say on what May negotiates with the EU. The government argued against the changes, saying it wanted to preserve May’s flexibility in the talks. While some Tories had signaled they might vote against the government, several would-be rebels fell into line, or abstained. As Bloomberg adds, May will address the House of Commons on Tuesday, although she isn’t expected to fire the starting gun on exit talks yet.

I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m still far from convinced they’re actually going to leave the EU. It wasn’t very long ago that they were all aboard it, and it was the best thing since sliced bread. Tony Blair even wanted to be its president. No chance of that now, I guess.

And now Sturgeon wants a new Scottish referendum. In fact, she always wants one, as far as I can see. I don’t understand someone who wants Scottish independence, but who’ll only use it in order to sacrifice that Scottish independence for renewed EU membership. She doesn’t want a Westminster parliament, but she’s apparently quite happy with a Brussels one that’s even further away, and even less accountable. Perhaps it all goes back to Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Scotland’s historical links to France?

I’ve also read that Britain’s departure from the EU is going to be a nightmare for Ireland, with the border in Ulster/N. Ireland. It’s an open border right now, and I think people cross it at will. Some people are saying there’s a strong new argument for Irish union: N. Ireland becoming part of Ireland. Those Irish who don’t much like the EU could equally say there’s a strong case for Ireland rejoining the UK, which it had been a member of until 1916 or 1922. Or not. Perhaps it goes all the way back to Oliver Cromwell’s siege of Wexford?

I heard on Infowars a few days back that both Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders are surging in popularity in their respective Dutch and French elections, and might even win. But I don’t believe everything I’m told on Infowars. In fact, I hardly ever believe any of it. But I won’t be at all surprised if they do well, given reports like this:

The European Union (EU) is to open asylum processing centres in West Africa and countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean because the continent “need[s] six million migrants”, Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos has said.

Speaking in Geneva last week, the Greek Eurocrat denied terror attacks are linked to migration and warned the “biggest threat” to Europe is “the rise of populism, nationalism and xenophobia”.

Declaring “the 27 [member states] will need 6 million immigrants in the future”, Avramopoulos explained the Commission is going to open reception centres to recruit migrants, because an open borders approach would fuel populism.

Here you have a high-handed “Commissioner for Migration” in Brussels calling for another tidal wave of immigration into Europe, just when more and more people who actually live there are getting more and more disturbed about it. Avramopoulos, who probably has his own private Greek island, won’t be in the least bit bothered, of course.

And then there are reports like this:

However the most troubling development, and one which has the potential to sway the outcome of the Dutch election which will be held in less than two days, is that in the final power play aimed towards Merkel, Kurtulmus exclaimed that since “Europe has not kept its promises on the migrant deal, for us that agreement has ended.”

Which means that one year after it collected $3 billion for the migrant deal, Turkey has just voided the agreement, and the next step would be that Turkey is about to flood Europe with refugees currently held inside Turkish borders. And since by some estimates Turkey currently harbors over 2 million potential migrants, Europe’s refugee situation is about to get far worse, and as a corollary, support for anti-immigrant political organizations across the continent is about to take another step function higher.


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18 Responses to Impending Upheaval

  1. lawmakers rejected two revisions by unelected peers which would have guaranteed rights for EU citizens living in the U.K.
    and confirmed the fears of the entire EU that the British are indeed a nasty grubby intolerant race of Xenophobes. Nice one, ‘elected’ MPs (when did NOT being beholden to the Electorate for your income become a BAD thing? Surely the Lords being independent of the Will Of The Daily Mail is the point?).
    I don’t even have to watch the German TV news to know how the rest of the EU is going to view this. For months the news in Germany and the EU has been reporting the rise in Xenophobic attacks in the UK.
    I would have had more respect for our beholden-to the Electorate-for-their-jobs MPs if they had at least been honest about their reasons for overturning the amendments, that they simply didn’t like the idea of guaranteeing rights to all the ‘wrong’ sorts of foreigners…Poles… know , those nasty slavic types what come over here and use OUR NHS (Gawd bless her, envy of the world that she is) without having ever paid in. Of course if it had just been ‘proper’ continentals like yer Dutch or yer Frogs then no one would have thought twice about it. I mean Joan of Arc was French like wasn’t she and she never blocked a bed on an NHS ward,did she.? Mine’s a pint of ‘Nigger Stout’ while your offering….

    • Frank Davis says:

      I must say that I think that the rights of EU citizens who’re already living here should have been guaranteed. On the other hand, you don’t want to give away anything before the negotiations start.

      And mine’s a pint of Wifebeater, while you’re about it…

      • ‘wifebeater’?!? You don’t want to be drinking any of funny ‘Stella and Arfur’ foreign muck. Bloody EU even lets them advertise here in FRENCH! Bleeding ad came on the telly in the pub the other night and I thought The Major was gonna have palpitations.

    • petesquiz says:

      Surely, the rights of EU nationals to continue living in the UK should be tied to the rights of UK citizens who are currently living in the EU. If we’d unilaterally guaranteed the rights of those EU citizens, how would we be able to negotiate the rights of the UK citizens in Europe?

      • negotiate the rights of the UK citizens in Europe?
        Do you really think it is something that requires negotiation (beyond what ‘extra rights’ might be accorded)? The rights of all NON EU Citizens resident in any sovereign EU state are writ in stone and as much as the EU might be thinking ‘good riddance to bad Xenophobic rubbish’ towards the UK State right now ,the ‘Wallstrasse’ in Frankfurt -for just one example- would collapse without the Brits.

        • Having been in that boat myself, I can tell you exactly what will happen to those brits resident in the EU if we were to fully Brexit tomorrow with no ‘negotiations’, no agreements in place. Every Brit resident before a certain date would automatically be ‘grandfathered’ into ‘permanent resident’ status and retain all the rights and duties of an EU citizen. Those who took up residence more recently would get 5 year residency permits with an option to renew/take up permanent residency/become citizens after those 5 years. I still have my permanent resident card. It really is not something I’d think Merkel& Co have lost a moment’s sleep about but then again, they leave (by and large) that sort of thinking where it belongs -in the dustbin of European Thought 1930ish-1945.

    • Tony says:

      I was very strongly in favour of EU citizens here getting guaranteed residency. Trying to use them as some kind of bargaining chip was grossly immoral but also an absurd bluff. There was never any realistic possibility of any deportations. A very great deal of anguish and concern could and should have been avoided had Britain acted unilaterally.

      All leave campaigners including Nigel Farage took this view as well.

      Of course Britain should be concerned about ex-pat Brits in the EU too. But again, the EU could not realistically have tried to deport them. And to give Theresa May credit, she did offer the EU an early deal on this which they declined.

      I just hope that this whole sorry mess gets resolved as a top priority, as promised, now that the article 50 bill has been passed.

      • And to give Theresa May credit, she did offer the EU an early deal on this which they declined. Just May offering a ‘deal’ would have had European politicians of almost any party (even the Right Wingers) aghast. As I said to Pete above, no one in the EU will have seriously thought it was even an issue. I’ll be watching the German news in a while and I can imagine the wave of revulsion that will have gone through Europe with the headline “May refuses to guarantee Rights of EU citizens after Brexit” , she will now be regarded the same way most regard Erdogan.
        And I expect it will be reported that she, May, has also declined to allow the Scots a 2nd referendum, which will only further cement the “Erdogan2” image.
        Mind you if her intention all along was for a hard Brexit, somewhere on the Rockwell scale, then she’s going the right way about it. First she appoints a Foreign Minister whom Heavy weight Europeans have openly called a ‘liar’ (and I do mean that , not ‘he economised with the truth’ type diplomatic double tongueness) then she acts in way all Europeans had hoped was behind us all after that nasty little man with the funny moustache.

        • Tony says:

          “Just May offering a ‘deal’ would have had European politicians of almost any party (even the Right Wingers) aghast.”
          So aghast they couldn’t say ‘yes’? Or even ‘yes of course’?
          Which would have resolved it. Issue or non-issue?

        • @ Tony, if May offered it before now , before Art 50 is invoked, then the line from the EU has always been ‘no negotiation beforehand’ so whether they were aghast or felt like vomiting they couldn’t have said ‘yes’.
          So I watched the German TV tonight and to my surprise there was not a single mention of May’s latest antics. Apparently the EU is far too busy getting worked up over Geert Wildees new Besty (come on, Geert must go to bed at night humming ‘what a friend ve have in Erdogan) and putting a neo-liberal spin on the news that the ECHR has affirmed that employers in the EU can ban the wearing of religious symbols including the headscarf. Lots of positive shots of young muslims doing a sterling job whilst wearing a head scarf and how this ruling only applies in very limited circumstances. Yes the German MSM suffers from BBC-disease. Which makes their silence this evening somewhat puzzling. They were happy to cover the EU ban on dental mercury. Perhaps it was all in an earlier news today or maybe EU-people are just sick to death of hearing about Brexit.

      • nisakiman says:

        I think, as BD says, this is a storm in a teacup. No EU country is going to be deporting the British residents. I have a Greek residency permit which is valid for life and I own property in Greece. Even if they wanted to (which I’m sure they don’t) they would run into all sorts of legal difficulties if they tried to dispossess me.

  2. nisakiman says:

    The EU’s leaders “do not care about the political cost” of their handling of the migration crisis because they do not have to face election, one of its top officials has admitted.

    Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commissioner for migration whose controversial plan to relocate 120,000 refugees badly split the EU last week, said national leaders should “stop thinking about” the backlash they face over migration.

    The relocation policy is deeply unpopular in eastern Europe, but without the threat of re-election this “means nothing”, Mr Avramopoulos said. The remarks were met with anger by British eurosceptics.

    Which just goes to show the contempt in which the hoi-polloi are held by the great and the good in the upper reaches of the EU.

    • Frank Davis says:

      “The relocation policy is deeply unpopular in eastern Europe, but without the threat of re-election this “means nothing””

      They’re completely insulated, aren’t they? And that’s why a popular revolt is inevitable, in my opinion.

  3. The relocation policy is deeply unpopular in eastern Europe
    ‘deeply unpopular’ in the sense drives a coach and horses through the heart of the cultural identity of several Eastern EU nations that had to free themselves from Ottoman tyranny and to this day see themselves as the first, last, and only bastion against the musselman hordes?
    Bit more than ‘unpopular’ I’d say, Mr Avramopoulos. The collective cultural memory is something not to trifle with lightly…didn’t Brexit teach you anything?

  4. prog says:

    Bar nuclear war or widespread plague, the greatest threat to civilisation is undoubtedly Islam, the spread of which is being encouraged by EU leaders/globalists/knitted pussy hat wearing idiots etc. This is an insane part of the progressive Left crusade designed to subjugate/eradicate traditional and largely sensible moral values.

    Unfortunately, barely any non-Muslims understand Islam, a ‘Literal’ religion whereby all followers MUST ultimately accept Quran scripture or face the consequences. Crucially, it adheres to The Law of Abrogation, whereby later parts of the Quran supercede earlier ones, the latter being less extreme because Mohammad was merely attempting to placate his enemies who were originally much stronger. Once he had the upper hand the gloves came off* (the much bandied-about ‘Religion of Peace’ crap mantra only applies to faithful Muslims and originated in the early part of the Quran btw). This is the only religion that spreads the word by the sword and terror – on its non Muslim neighbours and now in much of the Western World. Other religions are fair game for the Jihadists and always have been. Indeed, Islam is the only religion that has no genuine compassion/respect for non-believers – e.g. it is estimated that up to 80 million Hindus were slaughtered by Muslims in India during the 16thC.

    The Left envisage an eventual Socialist Utopia, whereas in reality it will probably be a God-forsaken Caliphate. We should at least be thankful for Brexit and Trump – the fight back is now underway, but it will be a very difficult process (and possibly one has come too late….).

    Succinctly explained in this seemingly well researched and referenced book:

    *where else have we seen this kind of tactic!?

  5. smokingscot says:

    The EU is trying to enlist people power, so last Sunday they organised a whole bunch of marches throughout Europe in support of the EU and its institutions.

    And just in case anyone happens to be visiting Rome on the 25 March, here’s the lowdown

    “a group of over 300 European academics and personalities have endorsed an appeal to relaunch European integration, inviting members of civil society, scholars, youth and citizens to participate in a March for Europe in Rome on 25 March.”

    So, being unable to mimic Trump, they’ve decided to follow Soros example and set up a stack of seemingly innocuous fronts to get the snowflakes out of their student accommodation using facebook and catchy hashtags. Gives them the impression it’s a “cause” and worth being ordered around, stuffed into formation and handed a placard to wave around meaningfully in front of a compliant media.

  6. James Higham says:

    Yep, share your cynicism on this. Then again, that might be just us.

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