And these are fairly simple changes.
Labour demands changes to Brexit repeal bill
- MPs get the “final say on whether to approve the withdrawal agreement and how best to implement it”
- The transition period requested by Prime Minister Theresa May is added into the legislation
- A “completely different approach” to the use of powers the government argues are needed to make technical changes to regulations from Brussels
- A guarantee that workers’ and consumer rights, as well as environmental standards, are not watered down after Brexit
- A concession to devolved administrations who want repatriated powers that would normally fall under their remit to go straight to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, rather than the Westminster government first
- Putting the EU charter of fundamental rights into UK law
Of course, they could have just demanded the entire bad idea be forgotten. Labour seems to think that the Tories are hell bent on a hard Brexit:
Brexit: Emily Thornberry predicts no deal with the EU
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Ms Thornberry said: “I think what we may be seeing is the Europeans trying to make it clear that it is not their fault that there are these difficulties – the intransigence does not come from their side, it comes from Theresa May’s side.
“And in the end I think the reality is the intransigence is on Theresa May’s side, because she doesn’t have the strength or the authority to be able to control her backbenchers, let alone her cabinet. And I think we are heading for no deal, and I think that that is a serious threat to Britain and it is not in Britain’s interests for that to happen.
“We will stop that.”
The things the Tories can’t deliver are settled status on EU citizens resident in Britain, anf a non-existent Irish border. The first because Tory extremists can’t stand the thought of immigration – all those nasty Europeans around – and the second because it’s a logical impossibility.
Compared with those, the Brexit bill is a minor matter. May has made kind noises about European residents, noises she likely can’t deliver on given the party she heads, but she hasn’t said diddley on the Irish border, because she has no solution to that. There is none.
May would rather Britain crash out of Europe without a deal than risk her place in Downing Street. And let the Irish Troubles start up again.
Theresa May slathered all over Trump after his election, but a visit isn’t scheduled. Thank whatever deity you like.
White House confirms Donald Trump ‘will not visit UK until 2018’
Donald Trump will not visit the UK this year, the White House has confirmed.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it “still hasn’t been determined” whether the US president would make a full state visit to Britain, following reports a planned trip had been downgraded.
Prime Minister Theresa May made the offer of a state visit – an honour usually reserved for a president’s second term – seven days after his inauguration in January, when she became the first foreign leader to visit him in the White House.
It prompted a wave of criticism and threats of mass protests.
Mr Trump has subsequently visited France and Germany, but the president has yet to fly to London and diplomats were said to be discussing plans for a less controversial working trip, which would mean Mr Trump did not meet the Queen.
Trump isn’t fit to be a president. He hasn’t the intelligence, honesty, integrity, decency or even plain common sense to govern a country, let alone be the “leader” of the free world.
And for Theresa May to have invited this charlatan, liar, blowhard, egomaniac and narcissistic fool for a state visit says she’s completely clueless.
So she’s had a supper with European leaders – she isn’t one – and what has she achieved?
Despite her positivity, voters believe Theresa May is making little progress with the Brexit talks
A soft Brexit was always the Prime Minister’s goal, and for much of her premiership it has seemed beyond her grasp, frustrated by pressures in her own party and from the EU side of the talks. It may yet prove to be unachievable. Yet if some form of negotiated deal does become a reality in the coming months, it won’t be something to celebrate.
Whatever the terms are, they will be less favourable, by definition, than remaining permanently in the customs union and single market with a strong say on EU decision-making. The free trade deal could appear superficially attractive, and thereby reduce the chance of the final referendum on the settled Brexit terms that the British people deserve. No Brexit, it must be said, is better than soft Brexit.
No Brexit is a good one. Brexit means an isolationist Britain, with no influence in the world, not even in the Commonwealth.
Tories are deluding themselves.
Brexit bill delayed…
…because the government can’t be sure of a majority.
And what’s the value of Theresa May’s words of reassurance to EU nationals resident here? Zero, nada, zilch. She can’t even depend on her own party and the DUP to deliver votes – Universal Credit, anyone? – and can’t control the hard-line Tory nasties who hate everything European, or at least want to keep it safely on the other side of the Channel. She can’t even assure us she’ll remain prime minister for the duration of the Brexit negotiations, so fractious is the Tory party.
The solution is to kill Brexit entirely. The consequences have become all too clear – recession, inflation, loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of rights, and long term rancour between Britain and what should be our European allies.
David Cameron was an imbecile to have a referendum in the first place. And we have never been governed by referendum. Let parliament consider the consequences. Even better, let’s have another election to force the parties to explain their policies in the light of Brexit consequences. Anything other than the chaos of Tories falling over each other to have Brexit at any and every cost.
Soooo… what fueled Brexit?
EU referendum: The result in maps and charts
It was largely England. with a few pockets like London objecting to leaving. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted by large majorities to remain. And the government has yet to propose a solution for the Irish border in the event of Brexit. I think they haven’t a clue about it.
The leave vote was skewed by old farts like me. I wasn’t one of them, but it’s embarrassing nevertheless. We of all people should have appreciated the peace that the EU has brought to Europe. But no, my age cohort voted to leave and create chaos again. As if two world wars started in Europe weren’t enough. Morons.
I think – I could be wrong – but I think it was resentment against immigrants that fueled Brexit. Pure racism. I am the child of immigrants. I appreciate what immigrants have done for Britain. They’ve changed our culture forever and for the better. Think curries. And pierogi.
Yet the vote went against Europe, and against everything culturally valuable. Hate crimes against immigrants have increased since that day. The UKIP nasties have been parading in their Nazi regalia.
Maybe the solution is to have the European border around England, since its voters are so hostile to everything foreign. Let the Little Englanders prosper on their own.
Last Scottish independence referendum, I voted against. I’m seriously reconsidering that.
Maintain close ties with EU to meet challenges of Brexit
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
thinks Brexit is going to harm the British economy. It’s forecast to perform poorly afterwards, and actually isn’t performing all that well since the referendum and Tory intransigence to see Brexit through at any and all costs.
Banks and other companies are looking to relocate abroad, and who can blame them? The government can’t even guarantee flights to Europe will still be operating the day after Brexit.
Brexit is a total social and economic disaster, and even Theresa’s best buddy Donald is no help, as his administration slaps a tariff on airplane wings made by Bombardier. This is a taste of what abandoning the EU holds. No friends in Europe, and none elsewhere.
It’s time for a fresh idea, and Oor Theresa isn’t going to have one.
Brexit bill delayed over Government fears it would be defeated in Commons revolt
A semi-competent government might have have figured out a direction to go in, but with the Tory Idiots still fighting over who gets to drive the Clown Car, there is no resolution in sight, and Theresa May’s sad excuse for a government blunders on, bereft of all reason, purpose or direction.
Someone needs to put it out of its misery.
A view from my home town. See if you can figure it out!
This is a blog to express my frustration with the Tory misgovernent and its effort to destroy the British ecomony through Brexit.
I’ll try to keep my exasperation with the Tory clown car with Boris the Buffoon to a minimum, but it’s become clear that Tory incompetence is wrecking our chances for prosperity. It’s not even a matter of negotiating a good deal with Brexit, it’s become urgent to reverse Brexit entirely.
The idiots who argued for Bexit never thought it through, and now it’s become obvious it’s never going to work. Parliament can put a stop to this nonsense. Theresa May hasn’t the wit to do it. So who will?
Are you tired of the Tories driving Britain to the verge of destruction?