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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The race is on: no-deal or no Brexit

The race is on for Brexit no-deal

It’s Cheltenham week and the runners and riders are ready. The same is true in Westminster because there is a race on to get Brexit sorted. Tomorrow is a “crunch day” (about the 100th such day in the past couple of years). Politicians will have to make a decision as to where we go next. The bookies have their favourites for Cheltenham and this morning they have announced their expectations for Westminster too. It turns out that Mrs May’s deal only has an 18% chance of success according to the betting. So, given that almost everyone expects her to fail to get her deal through, the politicians have a few options still available. One of those is to accept the legal default position which is “no deal”. However, later in …

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MPs have no idea what they want over Brexit

MPs cannot make up their mind on Brexit

I thought I should give you an update from the Houses of Parliament. As you may recall, I summarised the voting a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be a good idea to say what happened yesterday in Parliament. There were several votes which resulted in the following decisions being made by our illustrious MPs. 1. They don’t want “no deal”2. They don’t want Mrs Mays deal3. They don’t want to extend Article 50 (Notice, they did not vote on what they do want.) That means they are left with only two options, neither of which do the MPs appear to have any intention of dealing with. (Though I suspect they might have a vote to confirm they don’t want these options either.) A. Get someone else other …

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MPs agree on what they already agreed upon for Brexit

Parliament votes on Brexit

Look, I don’t like to put a dampener on things on a day when MPs finally agreed to something. However, given that in various TV interviews people are calling tonight’s vote a “victory” and Mrs May herself is proclaiming the decision as some kind of historic moment, I thought I should clarify what has happened in the past couple of weeks. Two weeks ago a motion was rejected by Parliament which meant MPs were effectively saying “we don’t like this agreement, please get another one”. Tonight, an amendment was carried by Parliament, and that amendment is effectively saying, “we don’t like this agreement, please get another one.” All that has happened is semantics. MPs have supported an amendment which says the reverse of what was said in the original motion …

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