Groundhog Day for Brexit

It's Groundhog day for Brexit

Yes, I know it’s a Bank Holiday and you should be having a nice relaxing day in the sunshine forgetting all about Brexit. But it has been a rather momentous week, so it is time for an update. The first thing to say is that Mrs May completely fooled me. This time last week I was saying she was going to be vague about her timetable for resignation. Then she only goes and does something that I was unable to predict. She did, as I said, bring back her deal. But I had no idea that she would tinker with it to such an extent that it would alienate the opposition and most of her loyal supporters at the same time. It takes a special skill to be able to …

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Brexit talks break down – well, there’s a surprise…!

Brexit talks not going well

Yes, I know it is late in the day, but it’s been very busy for me today, so I wasn’t able to provide my usual Monday morning Brexit Update. I hope that a Monday evening one will not cause too much of a problem for you. Of course, I could set up a poll asking people whether they would like the weekly Brexit Update to “remain” as a Monday morning event, or whether I should “leave” it until later in the day. But I can predict the result already – almost 50-50. The past week has seen the inevitable – the breakdown of the talks between Mrs May and Mr Corbyn. Interestingly, if you take the words Theresa and Jeremy and mix them up you get what the Prime Minister …

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Will the elections change the direction of Brexit? Some hope…!

Downing Street Sign

It’s two weeks since my last “Monday Morning Brexit Update”. That’s because last Monday was a Bank Holiday, so I had a day off from Brexit. I expect you enjoyed the rest too. They say that a week is a long time in politics, so two weeks must be massive. Except it isn’t. Here we are, two weeks on, and nothing has changed. Mrs May is still sticking to her “my deal is the only way forward” mantra. Mr Corbyn is still having pained expressions on his face from the splinters up his bum as he continues to sit on the fence pretending that his party is not a “remain” party. The talks between the two “leading” parties continue to get nowhere as Mrs May says “my way or the …

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No bright ideas from Mrs May on Brexit despite walking holiday

No bright ideas on Brexit from Theresa May

Well, here we are again, another Monday and we’re still in the EU. This week not a lot has happened. Mrs May came back from her walking holiday where she obviously had no bright ideas. (Frankly, I’m not sure she has ever had any bright ideas.) She has been remarkably silent in the past week since Parliament returned. The polls continue to surge for the Brexit Party. However, a certain Mr Corbyn needs to read the polls too. They show that two-thirds of Labour voters want to remain in the EU and that most want another referendum. He continues to sit on the fence. Strange that, because Mrs May likes sitting on fences too. Perhaps it goes with the job of being Party leader. Oh hang on, that can’t be …

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Time to send UKIP into outer space

Could we get rid of UKIP?

It may be a Bank Holiday, but Brexit still lumbers on. Our MPs, bless them, have been having a rest after all their hard work huffing and puffing at each other. Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has launched his new Brexit Party and a poll this week showed that they and UKIP would get significant numbers of votes in the European Elections due on 23rd May. I am dumbfounded as to how UKIP manages to get supporters when one of their candidates said that he “would not even rape” the Labour MP Jess Phillips. He has refused to apologise and the UKIP leader has also said it was an acceptable thing to say because it was “satire”. If that’s satire and acceptable, then I’m an alien and I, for one, would be …

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Theresa May ploughs a lonely furrow for Brexit

Theresa May ploughs a lonely furrow over Brexit

Well, here we are again, Monday morning and time for another update on the unending saga that is Brexit. Last week Mrs Theresa “No deal is better than a bad deal” May set off to Brussels to ask for a further extension for Article 50 as she had been instructed by Parliament to do so as “no-deal” had been taken off the table. So, Mrs May is left still clinging to her bad deal. We know it is a bad deal because it has been comprehensively rejected by MPs on several occasions. Still, she ploughs on in her lonely little furrow. She came back to the UK after a couple of days in Brussels declaring that she had negotiated an extension of Article 50 until the end of October. That …

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We’re still in the EU 10 days after Brexit should have happened

We tried to leave the EU but we're still there: no Brexit

Well, here we are, 10 days after we were supposed to have left the EU and I am writing another “Brexit Update”. Don’t blame me. It’s Mrs May’s fault, so any letters of complaint should be sent to her. Talking of which, I heard on the radio yesterday that the letter she sent to Mr Corbyn inviting him to the “national unity” talks set out the parameters for conversation. She listed two requirements (according to the person who had seen the letter). Firstly, the withdrawal agreement could not be amended and secondly, the political intentions document could not have a single word changed. So, there you have it. Mrs May’s position for the “national unity” talks is still “my way or the highway”. Interestingly, in Westminster this week, we witnessed …

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Politicians fail to agree (again) on Brexit…!

May the Fourth be with you for Brexit

Well, it is Monday morning, so time for my weekly Brexit Update. However, I must add a “health warning” right at the start. Today is 1st April and so you might think that what I am about to tell you is some kind of joke. Believe me. It is NOT. But I wish it were….! As predicted last week, politicians ended up not agreeing to anything, again. Actually, that’s not quite true. They do agree that they don’t agree. Meanwhile, Mrs May lost another meaningful vote. Today, though, it has become clear that she will have a further attempt to get her deal accepted in Parliament tomorrow. I have now realised that she is descended from Obi-Wan Kenobi because if she wins tomorrow she will forever be known as “May …

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Delay to Brexit…or will it be never?

later or now sign

It’s Monday morning so it is time for my weekly “Brexit Update” about the goings-on in Westminster. So, Brexit is delayed. It will either be 12th April, 22nd May or never. Mrs May promised it would definitely happen on 29th March – a promise she made 108 times (according to the people who counted…!) But Mrs May’s future is in doubt (it always has been, of course). Apparently, there are people in the Cabinet plotting against her. It seems that MPs who have said her deal is the worst deal ever and have voted against it in record numbers are willing to accept the deal if someone else presents it to them. No, I don’t understand that either. This week we will have “indicative votes” – so presumably, other votes …

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Is the “Withdrawal Deal” the only option for Brexit?

Parliament is stuck on Brexit

It’s time for my weekly update on what is going on in Westminster on Brexit. It boils down to four things: 1. The most ardent Brexiteers who have campaigned for years to get us out of the EU have consistently voted against every option put before them in Parliament to enable leaving the EU. 2. Cabinet ministers have lined up to voice their support for Mrs May’s deal and have even spoken in its favour during debates, then they have not voted for the deal. 3. MPs who have campaigned for a couple of years for a second referendum voted against a motion which would have allowed a “people’s vote”. 4. Highly vocal “remainers” are now lining up behind Mrs May’s deal to leave the EU saying it is the …

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