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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 07:43:09 PM EST
Opposition parties disagree over move to see off no-deal Brexit
Labour have continued to insist Jeremy Corbyn must be the leader of any temporary government to secure a Brexit extension, despite the Liberal Democrats' leader, Jo Swinson, suggesting he would be unable to secure a majority.

Speaking to reporters outside parliament after cross-party talks, the Liberal Democrat leader said there would not be a vote of no confidence in the government this week as opposition parties continue to disagree about the best way forward.
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The opposition parties and former Tories believe there is no need to
add to the Benn act right now because it is legally watertight.

Former attorney general said on Monday that the Queen could dismiss Johnson if he sought to break the law requiring him to seek a Brexit extension.The prime minister would be "gone within five minutes" if he chose to defy parliament by ignoring the legislation, Grieve said. The i newspaper reported this week that the Queen sought legal advice on the circumstances in which she can dismiss a prime minister prior to Johnson's defeat in the supreme court.

Realistically, could the Queen pick anyone but the Opposition Leader?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 02:18:22 AM EST
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by generic on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 07:12:33 PM EST
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The LibDems (LDP) are terrified of allowing corbyn to look like a statesman for even 5 minute, let lone the 5 weeks necessary to sort out an extention and call an election.

Many LibDems have good cause to fear for their seats, not least Swinson herself who is almost certain to lose to the SNP.

However, the Scottish leader of the LibDP gave th game away in an interview where he admitted that a no-deal brexit was prefereable to a Corbyn led coalition. Quite an admission from the party that claims to be against brexit under every circumstance. No amount of trying to unsay it is gonna stop that one, they are the MeatLoaf party, "they'd do anything to stop brexit, but they won't do that".

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 11:35:51 AM EST
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Jo Swinson: 'I could do a better job as PM than Corbyn or Johnson' - video
Our country needs us to be more ambitious right now, and we are rising to that challenge. This choice is about the future of our country for GENERATIONS to come. It is not about the red team or the blue team, because on this issue they merge into one.

< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 5th, 2019 at 04:07:10 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

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by Cat on Tue Nov 26th, 2019 at 02:13:12 PM EST
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'Woman of Color' says she will end free movement of people - video

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by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 10:09:47 PM EST
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PM seeks to thrust law and order on to agenda in Queen's speech , 14 Oct following "suspended" parliament
Heavier sentences for violent criminals among policies aimed at wooing Labour voters
wut
With just days to go before the deadline for Boris Johnson to clinch a last-ditch Brexit deal in Brussels, the Queen will on Monday set out his government's priorities for a new session of parliament, including 22 new bills.
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Meanwhile, amid claims from the home secretary, Priti Patel, that the UK has been a "soft touch on foreign criminals" for too long, maximum sentences for foreign nationals who breach a deportation order will be "drastically increased" from the present six months.
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In her party conference speech in Manchester, Patel said the Tories' message to criminals was: "we are coming for you".

But her Labour shadow, Diane Abbott, said it was the Tories who had been soft on crime by relentlessly cutting funding for police and the criminal justice system.

"Priti Patel is right that the Tories have been a soft touch for criminals, with policies that predictably led to more crime. We always argued that cuts have consequences, and now the Tories are trying to pretend the consequences have nothing to do with them," Abbott said.

She added: "This Queen's speech is farcical. It is just an uncosted wish list which the government has no intention and no means to deliver, and nothing more than a pre-election party political broadcast."

Happy Black History Month 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 04:25:39 PM EST
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the UK has been a "soft touch on foreign criminals" for too long

Damn right, Priti. But they own much of London's real estate, and are often major Tory donors. So expect no change.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 04:35:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 05:04:16 PM EST
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Guardian | How unusual was the language of Johnson's first Queen's speech?
"We compare Boris Johnson's script for the Queen to 100 years of precursors to see where the PM stuck to - and where he departed from - tradition"

< wipes tears >

Guardian | Boris Johnson wins more backing from MPs for Brexit deal  
"Tory 'Spartans,' chile

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 09:48:02 PM EST
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A bit of brogue o'er a bridal procession - BBC News

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 12:27:39 AM EST
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Of finger puppets and understudies
Jeremy Corbyn hits out at 'farcical' Queen's speech
He signalled Labour was still prepared to vote for a general election [!] as soon as the threat of a no-deal Brexit was off the table, potentially meaning it could be held in early December [!].
< wipes tears >
More than a third of the new bills announced by the Queen relate to arrangements to be made after Britain's departure from the EU.
< wipes tears >
"This legislative programme is a propaganda exercise that cannot disguise that this government [!] has failed on Brexit for over three years, that they are barely beginning to undo the damage of a decade of cuts to our public services, that it does nothing for people struggling to make ends meet, does nothing to make our world a safer place or tackle the climate emergency."

archived
AG Cox: 'This Is a Dead Parliament'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 08:35:17 PM EST
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It's almost as if she doesn't allow herself to be defined by the colour of her skin - how dare she!

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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 11:11:16 AM EST
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Let's not let color and organs interfere in our esteem of dignity and human "rights", let's do.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 05:17:54 PM EST
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wut: "Indeed, Johnson has suggested that the single regulatory zone for agricultural goods should be permanent, citing Ian Paisley's refrain that the people of Northern Ireland may be British but its cattle are Irish."

wut: "Greggs is preparing to stockpile bacon and tuna and has switched to buying all its cheese in the UK as the bakery chain tries to avert shortages in the event of a chaotic Brexit."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 10:13:28 PM EST
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understudy

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 05:00:12 AM EST
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there had been anglo-Indians elected before this, perhaps even as early as the 1840s (it's disputed if he took his seat). but I was genuinely surprised to find that the first anglo-Caribbean MPs were as late as 87.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 11:40:40 AM EST
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When I lived in London, England, coming on 20 years ago, every immigrant ("émigré) not "white" was lumped in the "black" category. Casual observers, including, notably, an English RAF capt. (ret'd.) recovering from deployment in Scotland, solicited my US American advice or sympathy regarding "racial" status. Ostensibly because of my phenotypical features ("brown" skin), stereotypical "black" political orientation. This sort of solicitation was not unusual in my experience having traveled the world from days of my early adolescence.

Perhaps the time for you has arrived to study British India and British West Indies historiography more closely, if you are "surprised" by British race hierarchy.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 03:13:15 PM EST
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case in point

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 05:14:17 PM EST
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Pfeffle the blusterer has a new line: I am making my final offer to the EU, take it or leave it.

Never mind that he has made no offer to date. This one is some non-starter concocted with the now-dispensable DUP, for a sort of backstop till 2025, when its future would be decided by... wait for it, Stormont!

Rafael Behr has a good summary of the situation in The Guardian:

There is no reason why Merkel or Macron should fashion a deal to the specifications of a Tory campaign. While Downing Street is thinking about clap lines for a speech, the EU wants legal guarantees that can withstand future changes in the political weather. The two sides are not operating to the same time horizon. Both say they want a deal, but Johnson means a headline to get through the week; Brussels means a treaty to secure the integrity of the European project for a generation.

That misalignment of perspectives has plagued the Brexit process. Eurosceptics constantly underestimate EU states' readiness to prize collective solidarity over relations with a splitter nation on its way out of the club. It never occurred to them, for example, that an Irish voice could carry further across the continent than an English one. They did not anticipate the difference between a European negotiation among member states (the kind where Britain often got its way) and a negotiation between the EU and an exiting country issuing unrealistic demands backed by improbable threats.

Johnson still has not grasped that shift in the balance of power. He is committed to the fiction that Britain stands equal in global stature to the EU, and wedded to an electoral strategy that treats cooperation as cowardice.



Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 07:02:15 AM EST
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cheiftains on the warpath

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 09:50:47 PM EST
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IDIOT voters, pundits and broadcasters are still referring to the prime minister as `Boris' as if he were a cuddly children's toy not a neo-fascist monster.

Recent weeks have seen Johnson face accusations of being an unprincipled liar, racist, coward, lawbreaker, groper. philanderer, blusterer and misappropriator of public funds whose dog would make a better leader.

And yet literally millions of people who should know better continue to address him as `Boris' as if he was a much-loved children's character like Paddington fucking Bear.

I fear I am much to blame for comparing him to a children's story toad who drives powerful motor cars into horse ponds. It's true he's a lot fucking nastier than that.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 12:49:14 PM EST
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I've taken to the acronym TWBJ , "that wanker B... J..."

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 06:19:22 PM EST
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Corbyn must lead any interim government, says shadow chancellor
"John McDonnell insists party would not back an alternative to Labour leader as PM"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 06:59:40 PM EST
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Former Tory MP Heidi Allen joins Liberal Democrats
"'Shifting to the extremes, the Conservatives and Labour have turned their backs on the liberal, progressive centre ground our country is crying out for,' she said."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 10:09:58 PM EST
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given that the libdems are practically Thatcherite these days, I'd say that the centre ground of Westminster politics was somewhat adrift from the centre ground of retail politics out in the country

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 03:03:30 PM EST
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all for one, one for SCHEDULE FORM LETTER

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 09:54:20 PM EST
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[Scotland Court of Sessions] rejects latest request to force PM to ask for Brexit extension
appeal! Here it comes ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 7th, 2019 at 10:00:03 PM EST
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their view, that a crime has not yet been comitted and so therefore there is nothing on which to seek judgement, makes sense. What people seem to have missed is that the evidence to the Scottish case on progoguing involved a declaration before court that the Prime Minister intended to obey the Benn Act and seek an extension.

Therefore if TWBJ attempts to weasel out of this commitment, he will have automatically committed perjury and be subject to genuine jail time. Non negotiable.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 03:08:01 PM EST
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archived: in a legible format, published by THE PRIME MINISTER AND ADVOCATE GENERAL FOR SCOTLAND'S FURTHER SUBMISSIONS ON RELIEF
--declaration scenarios and remedies

archived: JUDGMENT, R (on the application of Miller) (Appellant)vThe Prime Minister (Respondent)Cherry and others (Respondents) vAdvocate General for Scotland (Appellant) (Scotland)

70. It follows that [the Crown in] Parliament has not been prorogued and that this court should make declarations to that effect. We have been told by counsel for the Prime Minister that he will "take all necessary steps to comply with the terms of any declaration made by the court" and we expect him to do so. However, it appears to us that, as [the Crown in] Parliament is not prorogued, it is for  Parliament to decide what to do next.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 03:54:20 PM EST
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Waiting for that crime to occur is not satisfying, is it?

Refuting "the deal" proffered by a PM to the EU Council which cannot reasonably agree to parliament's inchoate acts is also unsatisfactory.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 04:11:24 PM EST
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Well then. Everyone should be happy with this sensible ruling :
A Scottish court has delayed a decision on whether Boris Johnson should be forced to ask for a Brexit extension until after the final deadline has passed next week.
Anti-Brexit campaigners had asked the three judges, Lord Carloway, who is the lord president, Lord Brodie and Lord Drummond Young, to issue court orders forcing Johnson to send the letter to the EU as required under the Benn act.
That legislation, the European Union (Withdrawal) (No 2) Act, requires Johnson to write to the EU asking for an extension until 31 January if he fails to get a Brexit deal agreed at Westminster by 19 October.
In an unusual move, Carloway said the issues were so significant and time-sensitive that the court could not make a definitive ruling on whether the prime minister had broken the Benn act until 19 October had passed.

He said the judges would suspend a final ruling on whether to order Johnson to comply, or send the Benn act letter to the EU itself, until Monday 21 October. Then, he said, "the court will expect to be addressed on the facts that present themselves".



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 04:28:57 PM EST
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Release the SCHEDULE FORM LETTER!
The SCHEDULE FORM LETTER will fix ekonomie!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 04:35:22 PM EST
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The bluff behind the blame game
Many of us had long assumed that next week's European Council summit would be the final deal or no-deal showdown. That meeting may well now go ahead without the attendance of the UK leader.

Instead, the Saturday after the summit, 19 October, is likely to be a more significant date, as UK lawmakers will be summoned to Westminster for an unusual weekend session.

They and Johnson will both face a decisive moment.

Johnson will have to formally request an extension or resign. An extension will allow him to keep to the law, but breaking his promise of taking the UK out of the EU on 31 October will cost him the support of a hefty portion of Brexit voters when election day finally comes.

The events which have not occurred.

archived deadlines
Regardless of the date of submission ...
Regardless of the prorogation period, UK parliament response to it ("debate") is limited to the period between 18-31 Oct.
The event which has has not occurred is Mr No-Deal "breaking" one or more laws ...
Call me crazy (and I know you will) but I'm thinking that the first item of business...
...Perhaps you confuse "bluff" (pretext) with threat?
Johnson will send the letter, that I do not doubt ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 06:39:19 PM EST
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APsplainin Johnson election bid fails | Did your MP vote for an early general election?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 07:46:42 PM EST
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Why the European Council Must not Reject an Article 50 Extension Request
This blogpost argues that, as a matter of EU law, the European Council is not entitled to refuse the United Kingdom's request for an extension, in the present circumstances. In a nutshell, the argument runs as follows. The decision to ask for an extension emanates from the United Kingdom's highest authority, its sovereign Parliament (as confirmed by the UKSC in the prorogation cases). It is a democratic decision which the EU must respect, for else it would be expelling a Member State against its own sovereign and democratic will. Art 50 does not allow this, as the ECJ confirmed in Wightman.
no. Wightman decided, establishd, EU member right of notification to withdraw A.50. Doesn't say a ding dong thing about A.50(3) extension period notification, procedure, or conclusion except unanimous agreement by every member except the secceding party.
The European Council may determine the length of the extension, and impose certain conditions, in agreement with the United Kingdom. But it cannot refuse this extension.
m'k. Duly noted. Next ...
EU nationals lacking settled status could be deported, minister says

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 06:16:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 10:37:12 PM EST
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This will not make Americans puke, for two reasons.

First, everybody knows these rules already, and they are categorized under the heading "Freedom." We live in a free society, while the British live in a socialist hell. Not even to mention the French, Germans, Swedes, etc.

Second, while rules like "employers are not required to provide maternity leave" are true, if you are a normal, salaried, professional white person, and work for an organized company, you do get maternity leave. It is only hourly workers, often on a gig contract basis or paid under the table, mostly minorities and/or those who goofed off in school, who don't get the benefits. They don't count.

This arrangement is one of the foundational concepts of the political right in the US of A.

by asdf on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 10:26:57 PM EST
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Reality Show Set in Wilderness Taken Off Air, No One Tells Contestants - Variety
The Channel 4 program, "Eden," assembled 23 men and women and dispatched them to a remote corner of the Scottish Highlands, where they were told to set up a self-sufficient community. The group was cut off from any contact with the outside world, and had to "decide on their own rules and laws, build their own shelter, grow their own food and raise their own livestock," according to a statement released when the show was first announced.

The year-long experiment was recorded by a four-strong crew as well as personal cameras and a fixed rig. Four episodes of the show - covering March, April and May - were broadcast last summer. But ratings slipped from 1.7 million to 800,000, leading Channel 4 to pull the plug on further updates.

No one bothered to tell the remaining contestants, who reportedly endured boredom and infighting, were reduced at one point to eating chicken feed, and only emerged last week from their less than splendid isolation to discover that their fellow Brits voted to leave the European Union and Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.

by generic on Sat Oct 12th, 2019 at 10:26:36 PM EST
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a very old story.

Seems that sometimes mundane reality of normal people being petty minded and unkind is just...boring office politics. And you need a really good scriptwriter to make that into interesting TV.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 09:54:41 AM EST
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Real punks don't vote to REVOKE
yeah, I said it.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 09:25:23 PM EST
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wut:
His latest amendment would withhold approval of the prime minister's deal until the legislation to enact it agreement with EU Council - the EU withdrawal bill- is passed approved. This might happen next week. Passing the Letwin amendment would trigger the Benn act European Union (Withdrawal)(No. 2) Act 2019 [no], which compels Johnson to request an extension to article 50 if a deal cannot be agreed.

Letwin said he supported Johnson's deal and it was "sensible", but that he wanted to make sure there is an "insurance policy" that if the Brexit deal is approved but something goes wrong at a later stage the government has an extension already in place so there is no possible way the country can crash out without a deal. The deadline in the Benn act is 11pm on Saturday, so this is an attempt to close down a potential loophole [?].

WHO IN HELL WANTS TO DO BUSINESS WITH THESE WANKERS?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 09:38:46 PM EST
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Key vote on Brexit deal debate fails in Parliament
First, Members of Parliament (MPs) approved a motion calling for the legislative body to start formally debating the prime minister's Brexit deal with the European Union. The motion passed by 329 votes to 299.

However, the evening's most hotly anticipated vote -- on whether the House approves of the government's plan ["programme"] to conclude the process ["debate"] by Thursday evening -- ended in a 308-322 defeat for the government

The bill itself, stretching past 100 pages, was only published on Monday evening. Skeptics argued that the proposed time-frame to scrutinize and debate it was insufficient.

Of particular interest: EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Delegated Powers Memorandum. This is the "key" to decoding legislative language in the bill that retains or proscribes EURLEX in UK domestic law through the "transition or implementation period" and repeals same, not previously specified in EUWA2018, the day after exit from the WA, literally.
Amending the bill greatly is not really in Parliament's power, though. Any changes not relating purely to the UK would need to be tolerable on the EU side as well.
My favorite motifs so far (3.5 hrs, pp 1-45, illustrated) are "For the purpose of this clause, the devolved authorities are the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers and Northern Ireland departments" and "'appropriate authority' for the purpose of this clause as meaning, a Minister of the Crown, a devolved authority or a Minister of the Crown acting jointly with a devolved authority", because of known and unknown SI's hiding in the "constitutional law".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 09:28:39 PM EST
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needs more Yes Minister or Evelyn Waugh

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 10:42:27 PM EST
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EU signals it is likely to give UK a Brexit delay up to 31 January, NEW! Tusk flextension
An extra hurdle to the Johnson's hopes of leaving by 31 October appeared to be put in the way by Guy Verhofstadt, the coordinator of the European parliament's Brexit steering group. He told MEPs the chamber should withhold its approval for the deal until further assurances were received over the UK government's treatment of EU citizens, including 200,000 people who are regarded as being vulnerable. "We do not want EU citizens involved in another Windrush scandal in Britain," the former prime minister of Belgium said. "That cannot happen."
EU nationals lacking settled status could be deported, minister says *
"The3million, a group representing EU citizens living in Britain, said it was the first time the government had confirmed what would happen to those who did not apply for settled status."
The EU citizens struggling for the right to stay in Britain
"'I find your comparisons to Windrush inappropriate,' Priti Patel, the home secretary, told the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this month."
Labour to back general election once EU approves Brexit delay, 91 day "no-deal" politics
Seven of the group subsequently published a statement saying that, while they had reservations about the deal, they believed it was right to allow it to continue to be debated, to "give us a proper chance to get a Labour Brexit". Only five Labour MPs then supported the government's programme motion, which would have resulted in the deal being rushed through the House of Commons by the end of Thursday. Labour frontbenchers discussed the timing of a potential election at a testy shadow cabinet meeting on Tuesday, with Corbyn loyalists Laura Pidcock and Dan Carden calling for the party to back an early poll.

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* This URL has been significantly edited since 10 Oct to omit Home Office application and processing figures.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 at 04:13:27 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 at 05:36:11 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 3rd, 2019 at 08:51:52 PM EST
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Belfast Telly | EU ready to negotiate trade deal once Brexit happens, incoming president says, next deal
The incoming president of the European Council has said the EU stands ready to negotiate a trade deal once Brexit happens.
ratification of WA or end to A.50 extension period requests by UK
On a visit to Dublin, Charles Michel [WHO?] would not be drawn on whether it was realistic to anticipate an [trade] agreement being struck in the 11 months between the current [A.50 extension period] exit date in 31 January and the end of the [unratified Withdrawal Agreement] transition ["or implementation"] period in  31 December 2020.
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While the UK is set to leave in the EU at the end of January, the Prime Minister parliament has yet to ratify the withdrawal agreement in parliament.
[...]
"But it will be very important for us to be ready and we are ready, I repeat, we are ready to negotiate, we are ready to be loyal in these negotiations, and we will be transparent and we also be very committed in order to promote the ["]level playing field["] and in order to protect the either ["]single market["] and to try to find the best possible agreement for the ["]future relationship["] [ETA] - and I hope it will be possible in the next months to reach an agreement, I think it would be excellent for our common future."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 15th, 2019 at 10:30:12 PM EST
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John Bercow denies Boris Johnson second vote on Brexit deal
"The withdrawal agreement bill was expected to be published later on Monday, with the key second reading vote likely to be held on Tuesday."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 05:27:42 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 07:04:19 PM EST
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No-deal Brexit would lead to direct rule in Northern Ireland - Gove
The Bastid Queen Arlene won't like that one bit.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 12:21:11 AM EST
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Fintan O'Toole: DUP's treatment proves we must not trust Johnson DUP? Really?
"Deal with Brussels limits damage to Ireland by increasing damage to Britain"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 08:29:21 AM EST
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Deserters turning on Corbyn - Former Labour MPs urge voters to back Johnson for Number 10
Ian Austin (any relation?), John Woodcock (Earl of Rochester's third leg?)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 07:07:45 PM EST
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See earlier post ...

Ian Austin

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 07:11:34 PM EST
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Jane.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Nov 11th, 2019 at 01:25:35 AM EST
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Independent | 'We believe in the Union' - [Bastid Queen] rules out taking part in Citizen's Assembly
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would not rule out a Citizens' Assembly, but questioned whether unionists living in Northern Ireland would take part in it. Mr Varadkar said if unionists living in Northern Ireland did not take part in the Citizens' Assembly, it would risk becoming a "pan-nationalist" [?] assembly.
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The Irish News reported on Friday that Mr [Nigel] Dodds said the DUP will consider proposals for a Citizens' Assembly examining Irish unity but that dialogue must be conducted "first and foremost" through political representatives.
Belfast Telly | Queen's professor Colin Harvey proposes date for Irish unity polls
"The academic said votes on the issue should be held in Northern Ireland and the Republic on May 22, 2023 - 25 years on from the referendum ratifying the Good Friday Agreement. He explained this would give both governments time to allow for 'the required levels of preparation'."
Lace Curtain | Stephen Collins: Varadkar, Martin right to rebuff united Ireland citizens' assembly
"The leaders of the two biggest parties in the Dail, Leo Varadkar and Michael Martin, have have done the State some service by rebuffing the ill-considered request by 1,000 luminaries who have written an open letter calling for the establishment of a citizens' assembly to pave the way for a united Ireland."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 30th, 2019 at 03:31:52 AM EST
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by generic on Sat Nov 16th, 2019 at 02:45:06 PM EST
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by generic on Tue Nov 19th, 2019 at 12:04:18 PM EST
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Remain Labour Campaign Pledge
"150 Labour Parliamentary Candidates have currently signed our General Election pledge, which reads: 'Labour is committed to a confirmatory referendum, to give you the final say on Brexit. If elected as your Labour MP, I pledge to campaign to Remain in the EU.' Below is the current list of signatories to the pledge, which we fully expect to grow during the campaign."
Labour's 2019 Manifesto | 10.47am Labour's likely to launch their manifesto this Thursday, 21.11.2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 17th, 2019 at 02:22:48 AM EST
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Labour's 2019 Manifesto, "It's Time for Real Change", 107 pp inc. cover, a/o 22 Nov
(Always read the footnotes.)

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 22nd, 2019 at 02:58:54 PM EST
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What do papers obtained by Labour say about NHS and drug pricing?
no link
Britain's health service is for sale, leaked trade docs suggest
UK Department for International Trade, "UK-US Trade & Investment Working Group," minutes ("readouts"), 201-2019, not redacted


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 28th, 2019 at 10:17:28 PM EST
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Leaked Brexit paper negates PM's Northern Ireland claims - Corbyn
no link
NI Protocol: Unfettered access to the UKIM, 15 pp, courtesy of politico.eu
("red tape" NI customs declarations for EU "down the Irish Sea"

## Mental disorder is a communicable disease.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 05:17:05 PM EST
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What's this we hear about borders?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 05:22:28 PM EST
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APsplainin | Reddit bans accounts, suspects possible UK vote interference
"Russia leaked confidential British government documents on Brexit trade talks just days before the general U.K. vote. ... suspect accounts shared the same pattern of activity as a Russian interference operation dubbed 'Secondary Infektion' that was uncovered earlier this year."

< wipes tears >
secret of customs checks in the Irish Sea are safe

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 8th, 2019 at 01:30:41 AM EST
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(merits duplication in "the situation here is pretty psychotic")

Britain investigating whether leaked trade papers were hacked: sources
"Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ signals intelligence agency, is helping the government to investigate how the documents got into the public domain. ... A third source said the investigation was looking at whether the documents were leaked from inside the United Kingdom."

APsplainin | Reddit bans accounts, suspects possible UK vote interference
"It said the suspect accounts shared the same pattern of activity as a Russian interference operation dubbed 'Secondary Infektion' that was uncovered earlier this year."
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Dec 13 Headlines: EXPLOSIVE Kremlin exposé defeats (Tory | Labour) SURGE!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 8th, 2019 at 10:59:38 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Dec 10th, 2019 at 01:54:53 AM EST
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by generic on Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 at 11:52:11 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Dec 2nd, 2019 at 11:54:19 PM EST
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by generic on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 03:42:20 PM EST
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I don't have a problem with that assessment.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Dec 6th, 2019 at 05:06:59 PM EST
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For all intents and purposes, the WTO court no longer exists.

Trump vs. the WTO

Britain in particular stands to be a big loser post-Brexit, since WTO rules are the backstop default option in the event of a "hard Brexit." If those rules are worthless, Britain will have even less negotiating leverage against trading partners like the U.S. and the EU.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Dec 10th, 2019 at 02:47:17 PM EST
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Trump sure liked the Airbus ruling ... the one on Boeing is in the design phase.

U.S. to slap tariffs on European planes, whiskey after WTO ruling

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Dec 10th, 2019 at 02:57:37 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 09:57:58 AM EST
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