Brexit coincidences line up to prevent “no-deal” from happening

Brexit coincidence

Don’t tell me it’s a coincidence that the day the Chancellor of the Exchequer visits the HQ of the National Grid that the lights went out across Britain. We should be told if he said: “What does this button do?” just before much of the nation was plunged into darkness on Friday evening due to two power stations simultaneously being taken offline. The cynics amongst us might point to the fact that this unique nationwide event became the “splash” headline across TV and radio, knocking the dreadful economic news off from the top spot. So, in case you did miss it, this week we discovered that the British economy shrank in the past three months – the first time it has done that in almost a decade. The indicators are …

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Prime Ministerial candidates talk bunkum not facts on Brexit

Who is telling the truth about Brexit?

It’s taken all day to think about writing this week’s update. However, I don’t suppose you really mind. After all, I expect that many people have spent the day celebrating the England victory in the Cricket World Cup. So, wondering what the latest thinking on Brexit is has been far from people’s mind’s today. The England Cricket Team is a testament to diversity, as well as team success. Several members of the team are of Asian heritage. One comes from South Africa, and the captain was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, an EU nation of course. This international and culturally mixed team will not be noticed by those “hard line” Brexiteers, of course. They will just be saying today that once again England has proven it is the best …

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You couldn’t make up this Brexit nonsense if you tried

Is Brexit just a story?

This morning my wife Cathy asked me “What on earth are you going to say about Brexit today? Nothing has changed since last week.” Like all good husbands, I told my wife she was correct. But, don’t tell her I said this, she is wrong. It is not the case that nothing has changed since last week. The truth of the matter is that nothing has changed since June 2016. At that time the majority of MPs were “remainers” – that is still the case. Three years ago, most of Parliament was against “no deal”, which is still the situation. And in the 159 weeks that have passed since the referendum, MPs have been unable to agree what they mean by Brexit. But that’s the same position we were in …

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Brexit uncertainty could reduce your energy

Which way is Brexit?

The other evening, I was in a theatre alongside 1,350 other people. We were enjoying a comedy show. The audience was asked, “Are there any Brexit supporters in the house tonight?” Only a handful of people shouted back, which is telling in itself. Quick as a flash, though, the comedian said “Well, you do realise that after October you are going to have to wash your car yourself?” which got a huge laugh and applause. But it’s not a joke. There is a real chance that Europeans who currently work in the UK – doing more than washing our cars – such as being surgeons and university lecturers – may decide to leave Britain. Yes, I know there’s also a chance they’ll decide to remain (which if they had been …

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Seven days closer to Brexit and still no progress made by politicians

Brexit Day October 2019

So, here we are again, another week has gone past, and we are seven days closer to that October Brexit deadline. And no progress has been made by our political leaders in sorting out what will happen. When the new Halloween Drop Dead Date for Brexit was established, Mrs May left Brussels with the words of the EU ringing in her ears: “You have an extra six months, use that time wisely.” However, in the first half of that extra time, nothing has happened. Mrs May did plan to bring back her deal for a fourth “meaningful” vote, but was blocked from doing so and had to resign. Indeed, the Conservative Party has been without a leader for several days now. I am not sure I have noticed the difference. …

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Will we “love” our new Brexit leader?

How many people are in love with Brexit?

It’s Monday again, so it’s Brexit Update time. Firstly, thanks to everyone who has met me in the past week to say how much they like this little weekly report. I appreciate it. Indeed, at a party on Saturday evening, several people spoke to me about my Monday morning update. Inevitably the conversation swung round to the contest that is now facing the country. More than a dozen candidates are vying for the winning position. Most of them we have never heard of before. Yet, they are all going to be on our TV screens for the next six weeks trying to gain attention and secure that top slot. I am, of course, talking about the nation’s most crucial leadership election for the past 12 months. Just who will win …

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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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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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