Complete Farce

It’s become a complete farce:

The Prime Minister addressed the nation Wednesday evening, telling the British public that the country would not be leaving the European Union next week as promised.

The notification from the Prime Minister’s office of the last-minute address of the nation came after Theresa May wrote to the European Union asking for an extension of Article 50 — the political shorthand name for the negotiating period Britain has been engaged in for the past two years — before being almost immediately rejected.

While Brexit is meant to officially take place on March 29th — a date promised by the Prime Minister 108 times, according to the research of one member of Parliament — May has now requested an extension to June 30th, to give her extra time to force her controversial new negotiated relationship with the EU on the country.

Can she do this unilaterally: declare that Britain won’t be leaving on 29 March? Could she also declare that Britain will never leave the EU? After all, that’s what she was threatening a few days ago.

Theresa May is completely incompetent. The sooner she’s removed as Prime Minister the better. She’s out of her depth. Nigel Farage:

Mr Farage responded to the news that the UK would not be leaving the EU on March 29th — as pledged 108 times by Mrs May — saying it was an “appalling and pathetic performance from the Prime Minister. She rules out leaving with no deal. The Brexit betrayal is hers.”

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14 Responses to Complete Farce

  1. smokingscot says:

    Last night’s pathetic attempt to emulate Trump simply alienated the people she’s trying to sign up to a rubbish deal. By all accounts it was a disaster, similar to her throwing away a decisive win at the last election by suggesting the “dementia tax”.

    I cannot abide people who will not accept responsibility for their actions – and that’s what May did yesterday;.half an hour later than scheduled.

    The Express is reporting Merkel has issued an ultimatum. Sign the deal or get out on 29th.

    She’s right, the EU has more important things to do than pander to our politicians. I can only hope several countries within the block refuse any kind of extension.

    As a smoker it doesn’t matter what the outcome is, Beobrigite told us it’s back to one carton of fags or 250 gr of rolling from 30th.

    Unless they revoke article 50, in which case the whole thing starts from where we left off.

    • Rose says:

      It will never be quite the same, now the public know just how many of us want to leave the EU, rather than being made to feel that everyone is against you like smokers were.

      Project Fear was first used on us and those around us. Notice how there are always more remainers on tv news panels than there are leavers?
      The trolls on the newspaper threads are very much the same in trying to silence those who speak up in protest and the techniques and abuse is remakably similar.

      • smokingscot says:

        Yes, they can’t put the genie back in the bottle.

        We’re not used to being asked our opinion on big ticket things, however when we are we the nation don’t hold back. Like when Clegg had his wonderful idea of asking what mattered to us. #1 was bring back the death penalty. #2 was bin the smoking ban.

        Clegg didn’t like that at all. His subsequent actions showed him to be a deceptive git and many people never trusted him again. Quite why Facebook have employed him is still a mystery.

        Salmond didn’t like what we told him about breaking away from the Union. Or our distrust of the Scottish political elite.

        However if they have a 2nd referendum with a choice of accept May’s deal, or stay in the EU, which is their intent, then I feel we’ll see a very low turnout – possibly fewer than 1 in 3, because either choice is unacceptable to 90% of leavers.

        So the remain lot will win, probably by a huge margin. Can they be that malicious? Of course they can. And they’ll tout it as democracy in action.

  2. waltc says:

    You really will need to riot.

    Meanwhile, I keep reading articles about people in England (or is it just London?) being hounded by cops and threatened with jail for “hate crimes” like “misgendering” transexuals or criticizing Sharia on fb and in tweets, To what extent is this true? I also note that while guns are outlawed, the number of knife and acid attacks in London are rife. OTOH, while here we have first and second amendments, they’re increasingly under attack “by other means.” The West is going to hell.

    • Joe L. says:

      You really will need to riot.

      I agree. Your government has told you your votes don’t matter. You now need to show them with your actions. And it looks like they know full well it’s going to happen:

      British politicians advised to take taxis home amid fears of Brexit violence

      British Members of Parliament have been advised to take taxis home, over fears that they could be attacked by members of the public over the handling of Brexit.

      In an email obtained by CNN, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle wrote to lawmakers explaining that the Serjeant at Arms — who is responsible for security — had organized for black cabs to collect MPs from within the grounds of parliament in Westminster, central London.

      • Frank Davis says:

        Taxi drivers are also members of the public.

        British police aren’t usually armed. But today in a supermarket there were a couple of armed policemen, both with handguns in thigh holsters, strolling around buying food. Perhaps there was some other explanation for it here in sleepy Herefordshire, but I wondered whether the authorities are getting a bit nervous about our deepening political crisis, and had decided to arm the police.

  3. garyk30 says:

    There is a strong tradition in England that your rights are not given to you from on high, but ones that you are entitled to simply by being English. The laws in England have recognized and codified those rights from time to time. Supporters of common law like the fact that much of it comes from below, reflecting the traditional rights that people have enjoyed since ancient times. And they point out that it is more flexible, and quicker to adapt without the need for legislation.

    Some commentators have asserted out that the civil law systems of many Continental nations, often derived from the Code Napoleon, do not sit easily with the English common law system, and have led to disputes and disagreements between the two, and a widespread feeling in England that a foreign system was being imposed on them via the European Union.

    Your ‘Rights’ coming from decisions in Brussels must be very upsetting.

    • Rose says:

      It sets my teeth on edge.
      I’ve tried to explain before and failed, that article explains it better.

      I was born in a free country where what ever was not specifically prohibited was allowed. It made sense and rested very easily on my shoulders.
      These days living under EU law, I can’t be sure if I’m breaking the law or not just going to the shops. It leads to a very oppressive feeling in a law abiding country

      “Some commentators have asserted out that the civil law systems of many Continental nations, often derived from the Code Napoleon, do not sit easily with the English common law system, and have led to disputes and disagreements between the two, and a widespread feeling in England that a foreign system was being imposed on them via the European Union.
      This may have played a role in determining the UK’s decision to leave it.”

      It played a very large role in my decision.

  4. jaxthefirst says:

    May’s deal is a stinker, that’s for sure, and, like pretty much all politicians, she took on the Brexit task in complete (essentially, wilful) ignorance of the huge complexity of it and as a result simply didn’t have the ability to come up with anything decent. And the “advisors” she had around her weren’t any better, so it wasn’t possible for them to “educate” her with any details or information that she didn’t already have – which wasn’t very much. The whole Brexit debacle has shone a very uncomfortable light on our whole political system and shown in glaring technicolour how mediocre and complacent (and small-minded) a country’s leaders can become when all the big important tasks that they should (and most people believed they were) making decisions on actually didn’t need a moment’s more thought than going through the motions to make an EU directive or policy “look like” a UK law and to put a rubber stamp on it. Those countries intent (at least for the present) on staying in the EU should take note.

    Having said that, I think her speech in Parliament yesterday was about the most honest thing I’ve heard her say since the start of her tenure as PM. She’s right. People are fed up with the utter lack of progress in the wake of the referendum, and, yes, they do blame MPs for this, and rightly so, because essentially, it is their fault. They see how the politicians have, from the word go, bickered and squabbled like a bunch of resentful, stubborn sixth-formers, more concerned with making sure the “other side” lose than accepting that both sides of the debate should – if they had any sense at all and any concern for the wellbeing of the country and the people as a whole (of which they clearly have neither) – be putting their heads together to find some workable middle ground where everyone has to make some compromises, but no side has to “lose” completely. The vast majority of both leavers and remainers that I know would have accepted this. Few leavers that I know wanted to cut their ties with Europe completely; and of the remainers I know all nevertheless had their criticisms of the EU and none wanted the much-trumped “ever closer union” that the EU is always batting on about like it’s some sunlit uplands. A half-decent deal could, and should, have been arranged – only our MPs’ childish foot-stamping intransigence has prevented it. Needless to say, like the spoilt babies that they are, our MPs have responded to this uncomfortable truth in true spoilt-baby manner by throwing their toys out of the pram. A fellow MP daring to speak the truth? And the PM at that! Outrageous!

    As I read a week or so ago on another blog, MPs were given just three things to do in wake of the referendum – to disentangle us from the EU; to establish a workable, reasonable deal that was acceptable to both the UK and the EU; and, preferably, not to trash the economy in the process. Just. Three. Tasks. How woefully inadequate have they become that, for all their high-sounding words and their virtue-signalling, look-at-us posturing, they couldn’t even manage just three tasks, in three whole years?

    Blame MPs for all this mess? You bet we do!

  5. Rose says:

    A horrible thought struck me last night. What if after 40 years of rubber stamping EU directives and claiming them as their own, our politicians are simply incapable of running a sovereign country?
    Over time, the experience has been lost.
    Is that what they are so scared of now the public have given them the opportunity, that their inadequacy will be revealed, which is why they are using every possible excuse to wriggle out of it.

    The signs were there.

    New Zealand offers UK its top trade negotiators for post-Brexit deals
    30 June 2016

    “New Zealand has offered its top trade negotiators to the United Kingdom, relieving the British civil service as it prepares for the strain of seeking new deals with countries across the globe.
    The Telegraph understands that the Commonwealth country has made an offer to loan staff to the British civil service, which has few trade negotiators of its own.

    Wellington’s olive branch came alongside an offer to discuss a trade agreement with the UK, which would help Britain get out of the starting blocks and begin replacing the trade access lost as a result of the Brexit vote.”

    • Frank Davis says:

      I’ve had that thought myself. What if they’re just not up to the job any more, never having had to do it?

      • Rose says:

        It does explain why so many of them seem to be convinced that it would be a catastrophe if we left.

      • jaxthefirst says:

        Spot on. That is precisely the problem and it’s precisely why they’ve made such a pig’s ear of Brexit. It is, quite simply, beyond their capabilities to manage in a sensible and grown-up way. It’s why Brexit (both now and for the next few years) will be painful – because most of them simply don’t know how to run a country, because, by and large, Brussels has hitherto made all the big decisions for them. But it’s also why Brexit is worth it, despite the pain, because it’s only by forcing – yes, forcing – them to do a proper MPs job that people will see how useless they have all become and, as well as voting out these hopeless EU lapdogs over the next few elections, will start to scrutinise more closely the new candidates coming up, rather than just voting for anyone with a smart suit and a cheesy smile just because of the colour of the rosette they’re wearing. Brexit may or may not be a good thing, depending on your viewpoint, but if nothing else it has shone a well-overdue spotlight on the inadequacies of our current elected representatives and shown in unflinching detail just how incapable they all are of doing the job we thought we were electing them to do.

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