Brexit on Life Support? or the EU on Life Support?

The House of Commons vote on Thursday, which gave a yay to extend the Article 50 Brexit deadline, was ‘indicative’. It’s not legally binding and prime minister Theresa May can ignore the result of the vote if she wants to. What is legally binding is that the UK exits the European Union on 29th March. That’s the default position. To overturn this there will have to be a ‘meaningful’ vote sometime in the next few weeks for an extension. In the meantime, it looks like May will try for third time lucky next week with her godawful EU withdrawal deal. For some indication of why May’s deal is so godawful, and why it’s already suffered two crushing (and historical) defeats, you could take a look at this.

The UK is in a constitutional crisis at the moment, because of Brexit. This is a whole ball of wool, and at this stage I should point out that there is no written constitution in the United Kingdom; no single document that guarantees the rights of citizens. The UK has what’s known as an ‘uncodified’ constitution; ie, there are a number of documents and precedents that establish citizen’s rights, yet these rights have never been written into a single document bound by law. Some of the principle documents that make up the British constitution are: Magna Carta of 1215 (which outlined the rights of freemen and serfs), the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679 (which enshrines the principle that nobody may be arbitrarily detained without having their case heard in a court of law), and the Act of Settlement of 1701 (which outlines royal succession). These archaic documents, along with many others, are what governs the inhabitants of the British Isles in the 21st century; along with precedent (ie, some things are not written down, but instead are done because “that’s the way they’ve always been done”). You have to be both a legal and constitutional expert in order to find all this stuff and understand it. It’s hardly a constitution, and is easily abused by those who have power. With all this in mind, if interested on how the EU effects the British constitution see here.

By way of balance, Craig Murray is a respected former UK ambassador who still has faith in the integrity of the EU. I don’t know if Craig saw today’s edition of CrossTalk, which turned into a right royal row from the outset…

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13 Responses to Brexit on Life Support? or the EU on Life Support?

  1. freddy says:

    That was enjoyable.
    My take, unemployement in the U.K. is half what it is in France.
    The U.K. has the most people in work that it has ever had.
    Inflation in the U.K. is extremely low.
    The U.K. has massive reserves of Coal/Methane/Oil/Gold/Lithium/Potash
    the U.K. is the best placed country in Europe for Wind Power, the U.K. Government have announced that 1/3rd of U.K. electricity consumption will come from Off-Shore wind by 2030.

    We are an Island, a World trading Nation, in control of a Global Currency.

    We have nothing to lose by leaving the hated European Union.

    The Elite want to stay in the E.U. because they see their family bread buttered on both sides.

  2. freddy says:

    A bank in Paris set on fire

    Emperor Macron had to cut short his holiday on the ski-slopes
    to come back to Paris to take charge of the difficult situation.

  3. freddy says:

    For most, the March 16 violence in Paris dropped like a bomb shell: After weeks of weaker participation and the once-a-week rallies being contained by security forces without any major incidents, France’s Yellow Vest movement was being described as running out of steam. “Act XVIII” of the protests, however, showed that the Yellow Vests had not given up, and resulted in France’s emblematic Champs-Élysées boulevard being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

    France in Chaos, U.K. in Chaos but no rioting or looting in U.K.
    we are more civilized, possibly.

  4. freddy says:

    Rob, in a few weeks it will be Euroelection time.
    How will France vote, will Macron’s party be annihilated?

  5. freddy says:

    Theresa May FURIOUS at Bercow’s E.U. deal announcement – ‘we had NO notice’
    John Bercow’s has made a statement in the House of Commons saying the Government must not come back to M.P.s with the same Brexit deal.

    only 11 days left before we crash out of the Common Market.

  6. freddy says:

    French public sector strikes to protest cuts
    he French public sector went on strike on Tuesday. French unions CGT, FO, FSU as well as student unions UNEF and UNL had called for an “inter-professional strike” to present their demands on higher salaries, pensions and more generally on the cost of living.

    Several thousand marched in Paris, from the boulevard Saint-Michel to the Champ-de-Mars, as well as in other French cities. There were 17.500 protesters in Paris according to a media tally, but 50,000 according to the CGT union.

    Mrs.Theresa May is writing to the E.U. requesting a delay of leaving the E.U.
    We are cross because we are being swindled of our democracy, do we strike, we do not, we hold our nerve, placidly.

  7. freddy says:

    United Kingdom employment at highest level since 1971

    The number of employed people in the UK has risen again, to a new record number of 32.7 million people between November and January, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

    The 76.1% employment rate is the highest since records began in 1971.

    Unemployment fell by 35,000 to 1.34 million in the period, putting the rate below 4% for the first time since 1975.

    The figure is 112,000 lower than a year ago, giving a jobless rate of 3.9%, well below the EU average of 6.5%.

    We are leaving in nine days time,

  8. freddy says:

    Unemployment rate in France 8.8%

    Unemployment rate in U.K. 3.9%

  9. freddy says:

    French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that soldiers will be deployed across the country to help maintain security during yellow vest protests planned this weekend.

    And there you have it – France has announced that is moving away from democracy and into dictatorship
    with Macron as the head of the snake.

    • Rob Godfrey Rob Godfrey says:

      Freddy, soldiers have been deployed for many weeks now. They’ve been disguised as police. You can normally tell who’s who by the boots they wear, and some of the soldiers still wear army fatigue trousers under the police get up.

      The gilets jaunes are apparently going to change tactics this weekend, Acte 19.

      • freddy says:

        Hi Rob, thanks, not heard or read that before.
        It can’t be legal to have troops pretending to be the bluebottles, surely, didn’t Macron’s boyfriend get into trouble for impersonating a bluebottle beating up protesters?

        • Rob Godfrey Rob Godfrey says:

          Just about everything the Macron government is doing is illegal under the French Constitution (there’s actually many similarities with what’s going on in the UK ‘government’ at the moment). Tigers of the same stripe.

          Last weekend, Acte 18, was probably the most violent yet, but only in the big cities. These demos are all over France and they’re still mostly peaceful. In my very rural neck of the woods, last weekend there were about 40 gilets jaunes blocking the main roundabout, this is the autoroute between Limoges and Angouleme, a major road, akin to the UK A1, or something similar.

          The gilets jaunes only delayed each vehicle for a short time, enough to make their point. Most drivers toot their horn in support. I’ve been delayed many times on that roundabout during the months of protest. I have no fear whatsoever of the gilets jaunes, because I know they are peaceful people who just want a fair deal in life, like all of us.

          However, if the absolutely hated Macron overtly puts soldiers on the streets of France all bets are off the table. Things could get, very, very nasty (there’ll probably be another false flag terrorist attack to enable this).

          • freddy says:

            Not sure what happened yesterday Rob but looks like the U.K. are cling to the E.U. for a few more weeks, frightened to cut the apron strings, all quite pathetic.
            Most people I know, just want to leave, and afterwards we will just have to cope however things land ( after falling)

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