Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Yes, you're right, there has been no substantive changes whatsoever. Nothing in fact since May first brought her "deal" back from Brussels in December.

tbh I've stopped paying attention cos there's so much friction, so much debate but nothing seems to change. Theresa May has decided it will be her deal or no deal and the ERG and, indeed, the whole of the Tory party seem perfectly content with that. We know that even the Tory Remainers will happily have no deal than any deal supported by Corbyn, their votes and public statements demonstrate this without any doubt at all.

God alone knows. Right now the public mood seems to be that of passengers in an aircraft who've been told we're gonna crash but that we might just ditch in the sea and only some of us might die. So, we're looking around for stuff that might improve our chances.

But really we're all clutching our seats and waiting for the dread words, "Brace !!, Brace!!".

It's terrifying. The economy has died but Westminster is paralysed. If you want to know how the earth would react if the killer meteorite is announced, just come visit the UK. We're wandering around trying to carry on but afraid t look up cos we have absolutely no idea what manner of shit is gonna fall on us come april.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Feb 14th, 2019 at 11:08:01 PM EST
You know you are in trouble when the The Guardian Politics Sketch fails to be pure satire and becomes accurate editorial reporting, as it has for some weeks (or months?)

{My bold)

[The parliament session of 14 Feb 2019] ended in chaos. .... both the leaver and remainer Tories abstained so that the government was defeated on the main motion it had won two weeks previously.

You couldn't make it up. May could not even win a meaningless vote. Which, ironically, in itself had meaning. Humiliation. For her and the country. The EU must be pissing themselves. How can you negotiate with people who are certifiable?

Ian Dunt at politics.co.uk is running out of polite language to summarise the incompetence.

The government has been defeated by MPs on propositions that they themselves backed two weeks ago. The whole edifice of blather and nonsense is coming tumbling down.


The government has based its negotiating position on amendments which are on the one hand meaningless and on the other hand powerless, and now it is surprised when they do not form the basis for a stable platform of parliamentary support.

It was a shameful moment, one which was conducted without any honour or dignity whatsoever. Even for this government, which is quite plainly the worst of our lifetime, it was a despairing spectacle.

by oldremainmer48 on Fri Feb 15th, 2019 at 11:31:44 AM EST
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