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BoJo and the empty lectern:

Boris Johnson humiliated by Luxembourg PM at 'empty chair' press conference -Guardian

Bettel, who gave a wave to the crowds and offered a defence of their right to demonstrate after Johnson's decision to leave, did not mince his words as he took the lectern next to the one left empty by the British prime minister's no-show, with the union flag still in position.

He mocked the varying suggestions in recent weeks from Johnson that there had been good progress in the Brexit talks and that it would take the strength of the comic hero, the Incredible Hulk, to leave the EU with a deal.

Bettel said: "I asked also Mr Johnson: I read in the papers a few days ago that it goes from `big progress', to Hulk, to David Cameron proposing a second Brexit [referendum]. And Mr Johnson said there won't be a second referendum, because I asked him: wouldn't that be a solution to get out of the situation?"

Politico is even blunter:

It was a remarkable performance on many levels, not least because the dressing down of the British leader for mishandling Brexit came not from one of the EU's great powers, the president of France or the chancellor of Germany, but from the prime minister of tiny Luxembourg. And it showed not only just how deep anger now runs among the EU27 but also how fiercely united they remain in loyalty to Ireland and the so-called backstop provision to protect the Irish border that Johnson on Monday continued to insist must be removed from the Withdrawal Agreement.
by Bernard on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 12:00:40 PM EST
by generic on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 12:04:06 PM EST
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The Incredible Hulk?

My favourite episode of that is where a small group of people shouted at him, so he ran away.

Or as Monty Python sang;-
Brave Sir Boris ran away.
Bravely ran away away.
When danger reared its ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled
Yes, brave Sir Boris turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.
Swiftly taking to his feet,
He beat a very brave retreat.
Bravest of the brave, Sir Boris!

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 01:46:08 PM EST
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Oh, sure, the EU leadership is completely fed up. They are angry, they are dressing down the British leader, they are fiercely united, they are not going to give in to a clown like Johnson. No way is the EU going to put up with this nonsense any longer.

This time around, they really mean it. They are going to really clamp down, no more fooling around. In fact, they will issue a lot of very serious and important statements to go along with the next extension.

by asdf on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 04:30:42 PM EST
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Maybe, maybe not. But I think the mood music is different this time. Lst time the EU gave us 6 months and warned us not to waste our time getting our act together. 6 wasted months later, I would not be the least bit surprised if they didn't more or less tell us to fuck off and not come back til we've grwon up

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 04:38:23 PM EST
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My ten bucks USD sez extension.
by asdf on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 04:40:24 PM EST
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I would agree. One thing though: Boris has to ask for an extension, as mandated by the law voted by the HoC. The default outcome, if Boris doesn't move, is still the UK out without a deal at All Hallows eve.

The EU can, and has been, very creative in  kicking the can down the road, but even then, it cannot last forever.

by Bernard on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 05:25:44 PM EST
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Johnson will send the letter, that I do not doubt, if only because the yella sheets scream he won't.

He's a contrary bastid, and he can count on parliament not making the best of the time their granted.

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by Cat on Tue Sep 17th, 2019 at 05:59:23 PM EST
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parliament not making the best of the time their granted.

You mean like the last time an A50 extension was agreed upon by the EU Council, Donald Tusk pleaded with Britain: "don't waste this time", and then the British Parliament immediately went into a ten-day recess?

Yes, I remember that one: you could hear the collective "What the f*ck?" all over Europe.

by Bernard on Wed Sep 18th, 2019 at 05:50:36 PM EST
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I think the EU Council will have to ask themselves the question: Have things moved on since we last granted an extension?

The answer is obviously subjective - Boris is hardly an improvement on Theresa - but at least the UK government is showing an urgency to get this matter resolved.

My own view is that Boris is desperate to Brexit on 31st. October because he senses the initiative slipping away from Brexiteers and if he doesn't achieve Brexit then he is opening the door to a second referendum and a reversal of the first.

So the very act of extension could make Remain a good bit more likely, and since this is still the ideal outcome from an EU Council perspective they will not wish to spurn the opportunity especially as it will really annoy the Brexiteers.

But the UK Parliament has to find a way to enforce its will first...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Sep 18th, 2019 at 06:48:21 PM EST
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Boris is hardly an improvement on Theresa

Seems to me Boris is considerably worse than May. She negotiated in good faith, and came up with a compromise proposal that the EU was ok with, and tried three times to get it through an unruly, uncooperative, and illogical parliament. Boris is not even pretending to negotiate, has no clue about what sort of compromise might work, and has zero intention of getting anything through parliament.

The only question about BoJo is the exact proportion of privilege, cluelessness, and bluster in his character.

by asdf on Wed Sep 18th, 2019 at 11:29:33 PM EST
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Based on their performance up to that point, having a 10-day session would have been a complete waste of time. So they interpreted his comment to mean they should have a holiday.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Sep 18th, 2019 at 07:40:36 PM EST
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