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Theresa May urges MPs to vote for withdrawal agreement after EU 'assurances' Irish backstop would be 'temporary' | Belfast Telegraph |

Mrs May said the EU had agreed to a "fast track process" to agree a new trade deal with the UK after Brexit, and that this made it more likely the backstop will never have to be used.

A restored Stormont would also have a say on any new EU rules that are added to the backstop.

Answering questions from journalists, Mrs May said: "You talk about Parliament taking control. What I think is important is that we deliver on the result of the referendum.

"What I'm concerned about from what we have seen, as I've said in my speech, over the last few days is the real prospect that we could see a, sort of, stymie in Parliament, or Parliament operating, or people in Parliament trying to operate in a way, that frustrates Brexit.

"We have a duty to deliver Brexit and that's what I and the Government want to do, and it is what we are going to do.

"I want MPs to recognise that as well."

by Oui on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 12:45:16 PM EST
Given that Stormont is in worse deadlock than Westminster (in that Stormont is not in session and won't be in the foreseeable future), that's a statement that can only considered to be some sick joke. Or at least it would if only it's utter lack of relation to any known reality makes it standard for the Govt.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 03:37:36 PM EST
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Are people still listening to what she says?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 03:43:20 PM EST
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Reminders me of diary many moons ago with in title Kabuki theatre performance by British BrExit actors. 🎭
by Oui on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 04:23:47 PM EST
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Only in a last-few-pages-of-an-HP-Lovecraft-novel kind of a way.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 04:42:40 PM EST
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Briefly listened to discussions on BBC and Sky News between MPs with opposing views. Useless and not going anywhere ... inherent contradictions primarily due to lack of knowledge of the EU principles of Four Freedoms. Shameful! Not serving the people of their constituencies. The split in the UK is present from the very beginning entering the EU under Ted Heath.

The main arguments is based on dream of full independence ... economic glory and absent from regulations written in Brussels. Indeed, a trade treaty on terms dictated by US corporate power will be swift. A treaty with the EU will see further bitter negotiations ... no swift result. 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 plus the nations of the Commonwealth.

by Oui on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 08:03:49 PM EST
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Assuming the Irish American lobby doesn't put the kibosh on even that!
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 09:30:08 PM EST
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A few days ago I watched a documentary by a Flemish journalist visiting Belfast on both sides of the separation wall during the days of the Orange Marches and its preparation. I was shockingly surprised as there was no peace, just a truce. Activists and militias on both sides, no place to live and rear children.
by Oui on Mon Jan 14th, 2019 at 10:29:58 PM EST
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After several hundred years of low to hot conflict and violence a truce is a major step forward.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 05:59:24 PM EST
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In my life I got just a brief glimpse of the destruction and aftermath of the German occupation during the Great War 1940-45. The Netherlands as a nation and its people had to rebuild homes, schools, roads and infrastructure. After the Allied victory, people were quite hopeful although poor and without any means to survive. It took a generation and in the fall of 1960 with the election of President Kennedy the people in Europe were elated. The pleasure was short lived due to the assassination and the entry of war in Southeast Asia. The communist upheaval also effected the former colony of the Dutch: Indonesia.

It's clear the Irish have a religious conflict, similar to all others across the globe. The nations of mainland Europe founded the European Union to rebuild on the principle of peace - see the founding fathers of the EEC. The aggressive expansion into the former Soviet satellite states, so called "New Europe", has weakened not strengthened the union. The Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld administration and now the Trump administration attempt to undermine the economic might of the EU. The UK made a choice, well a slim majority led  and misled by British Conservatives, made a choice for BrExit. They believe to be better off as a nation closer to the United States than to mainland Europe. What I read between the lines and watch in debates on the networks has truly amazed me. The British people and its leadership were not integrated into the EU, we don't speak the same language. The MPs have no idea what Europe and the principles of the Four Freedoms  stand for. It's a choice to be made, a compromise for survival as a nation with ones neighbours.

A failed integration, not willing to compromise and have the best of both your country and the economics of scale within Europe.  Short-sightedness of politics ... playing games instead of taking responsibility and lead a nation. A call for duty ... the parliamentarians and the Tory ministers of #10 went AWOL.

by Oui on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 06:40:12 PM EST
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As I posted yesterday ... no light at the end of the tunnel.

With such a major defeat, PM Theresa May has lost all legitimacy as a leader of Great Britain. She can place a call to Brussels, no one will pick up the phone.

London is left in chaos.

PM May will survive the no confidence vote because the Tories want to remain [yes!]  in power. Anything but Corbyn ...

PM Theresa May must stand down. The EU will not renegotiate with anyone without a clear mandate from UK Parliament. None is forthcoming. Time HAS run out, to delay the March 29 deadline is pointless. It's done, it's over.

Too bad no one in Westminster realizes what has just passed. Truly, the British live isolated  on an island. A failed integration within mainland Europe.

by Oui on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 08:13:45 PM EST
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You need to read the statements coming out of Leaver's mouths.

Boris Johnson claims government defeat gives May 'massive mandate' to renegotiate Brexit

DUP claims government defeat will strengthen May's hand if she demands changes from EU

They think they're winning.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Jan 15th, 2019 at 09:30:41 PM EST
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