no-deal Britain 

For the Brexit surrender monkeys, it’s groundhog day all over again

Five days to go until the UK is bound by an act of parliament to leave the EU, and yet again Mrs May intends to try to force through her deal by threatening the Brexiteers with dire consequences unless they back it. As she is so fond of saying – even faced with a threatened attempt to remove her which flared in the Sunday papers and then fizzled out again – nothing has changed. Yup, it’s groundhog day all over again. Over the weekend a series of Brexiteers were summoned…

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Britain 

In the face of the onslaught against democracy, Britain’s indomitable spirit rises

As this Brexit crisis has degenerated into a nightmare, with Remainer MPs making their no-holds-barred attempt to block Brexit while the prime minister tries to force through her dreadful and dishonest snatch-Remain-out-of-the-jaws-of-Brexit deal, I have been very moved by the messages readers have been steadily sending me demonstrating that amongst the public, Britain’s indomitable spirit has not been quashed. Far from it. As this thing has staggered from lies to incompetence to manipulation to intimidation to vacillation to constitutional chicanery and a total contempt for the people, all because of their democratically…

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no-deal Britain 

As Whitehall systematically sabotages Brexit, civil servants blow the whistle and promote no-deal

I previously wrote here about “Caroline Bell”, who the Briefings for Brexit website says is a civil servant at the heart of preparations to leave the EU without a formal deal and whose identity it is protecting. S/he has listed the preparations now in place for no deal. The list, says BfB, shows that the civil service has prepared the country well to leave on a clean managed basis; “ Caroline Bell” says “it is simply a lie to suggest otherwise”. S/he says: “MPs and the public have been deliberately…

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Britain 

These banana republic plotters should be careful what they wish for

It appears that the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, is conducting a constitutional coup. He intends to remove the government’s power to govern the country and hand it instead to backbench MPs. That is the explanation for his decision yesterday to deny the third “meaningful vote” on Mrs May’s withdrawal deal. Various commentators assume, undoubtedly correctly, that his aim as a committed Remainer is to force a delay to the Article 50 exit process. This is intended to be long enough for the other arch-Remainer plotters in parliament to seize control…

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cox Britain 

Feeble, flabby, frit: the latest buckling Brexiteers’ fantasies of fear

I wrote here that the arguments being mounted by buckling Brexiteers trying to justify their intention to fold and support Mrs May’s atrocious Brexit-in-name-only-worse-than-remain deal were wholly without foundation and a pathetic cover for cowardice, intellectual vapidity and absence of spine. The examples have continued to pile up, and we should note them despite this afternoon’s latest bombshell that the Speaker has ruled out a Third Meaningful Vote on Mrs May’s deal (which had been scheduled for tomorrow) unless there are substantial changes to it. While we all try to work…

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Brexit Britain 

Wobbly Brexiteers! Your cowardly justifications don’t stand up for a moment

The ongoing apparent collapse of the Brexiteers is almost beyond belief. Today’s Sunday Times reports that even members of the European Research Group of committed Brexiteers are falling like ninepins. Apparently they are gibbering that if they don’t vote for Mrs May’s deal on her third attempt to force it through parliament, there will be no Brexit at all. What on earth are they talking about? If they vote for Mrs May’s deal they will be voting for Brexit in name only, a meaningless Brexit, a paper exit from the…

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Brexit Britain Culture wars 

The British in the wilderness as Brexit crisis explodes

What in the name of heaven, you may well ask, is going on in Britain? Why is the Brexit issue causing a political nervous breakdown? And should any of this matter to anyone else? In answer to the last question, yes it should. The Brexit debacle has crucial lessons for the rest of the West, as well as for Israel and Diaspora Jews. Given the pace of unprecedented shocks at Westminster, by the time you read this the Brexit crisis may have veered off in yet another direction. At time…

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cox Britain 

Despite Cox’s miraculous unicorn, Mrs May’s deal will not deliver Brexit

There are reports in today’s papers that the Attorney-General, Geoffrey Cox, is having secret talks with the DUP to persuade them that there is a way out of the Irish backstop trap after all. It was the Attorney’s opinion on Tuesday that, despite the EU’s concessions on the backstop, the legal risk of the UK being trapped in the backstop with “no internationally lawful means of exiting” except with the EU’s agreement “remained unchanged”. His blunt assessment provoked government fury that he had thus failed to provide the Brexiteers with…

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cox Britain 

Mrs May’s Chamberlain moment

This morning, Theresa May was reported to be talking up as a breakthrough the concessions she has obtained from the EU on the Irish backstop, saying MPs should therefore vote tonight for her Brexit withdrawal deal. At time of writing, she is expected shortly to address parliament. The UK’s requirement was that it should never find itself bound by the backstop with no means of escape unless the EU gives it permission – which by definition, in the event of a breakdown in the future negotiations over the UK/EU relationship,…

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cox Britain 

Why Martin Howe’s advice should be rejected

Another week, another final-endgame-crunch-crisis-make-or-break-nailbiting-cliff-edge Brexit moment for Britain’s prime minister Theresa May. I fear more such moments are yet to come. As throughout this never-ending crisis, no-one knows what will happen by the end of the day let alone by March 29 when the UK is due to leave the EU regardless of whether or not the terms of its departure have been agreed with Brussels. What we can see is that even some of the so-called “hard” Brexiteers are having a distinct wobble. They seem to have been spooked…

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