Brexit and Frexit Whatsit

This weekend has seen Acte 43, the 43rd consecutive weekend of gilets jaunes protests. These protests take place all over France, and during Acte 43 some of the most heavy-handed policing took place in Rouen and Montpellier…

The number of yellow vest protestors going out on the streets is now well down on what it was during the first six months of these protests. At my local autoroute roundabout there had been about 30 or so gilets jaunes protesting there every Saturday, since this all kicked off last November. The gilets jaunes were there in all weathers throughout the winter. Their protest ended in early July. This was due in part to the exhaustion factor, but also laws passed that now make the roadside protests illegal. A large number of gilets jaunes have been arrested and prosecuted and jailed under these harsh new laws. People are afraid.

A large part of what the gilets jaunes movement is about is Frexit (‘austerity’ and neo-liberalism is official EU policy, and all member states have to follow it). The gilets jaunes have been closely watching events in the UK, and all the utterly bizaare Brexit shenanigans (“you can check out but you can never leave”). I could really go into one about all this, but I don’t have the energy at the moment. Instead, here’s a Spiked podcast from last Friday, covering the extraordinary events in the UK Parliament this week. The Spiked team are lefty Brexiteers, as I am…

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7 Responses to Brexit and Frexit Whatsit

  1. Freddy says:

    Macron seems to be shitting himself stupid by all the Brexit to and from, slapstick Westminster politicking

    Farage exposes Macron’s desperate tactics – “France fears U.K. could soon shatter the disgustingly undemocratic E.U.”
    FRANCE has signalled that the approaching Brexit deadline will not be extended by the E.U., despite Remoaners pathetic attempts to block a No Deal Brexit.

  2. Freddy says:

    Three people have been shot dead in the Dutch city of Dordrecht, near Rotterdam, according to police. Another victim was seriously injured.
    The incident took place at around 7pm local time on Monday, in the Heimerstein neighborhood of the city. Police soon descended on the scene of the shooting, which took place inside a home.

    Europe seems to be in a time of terror/confusion.
    United Kingdom Parliament has been prorogued for five weeks, in the run up to Brexit Cliff Edge.
    Still no rioting, we are so civilized.

  3. Freddy says:

    Macron ally Ferrand investigated over financial misconduct
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49673313
    The case could bring President Macron’s promise to “clean up politics” into question, although many “investigations” are dropped before going to court.

  4. Freddy says:

    Emmanuel Macron pension reform: Paris paralysed by massive strike.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49686818
    The strike, the biggest since 2007, is the first big act against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan for a universal pension.
    It would replace dozens of different pension schemes for different professions.
    Members of other professions including lawyers, airline staff and medical workers have called for more strikes starting on Monday.
    There were 235km (145 miles) of traffic jams in the Paris region, officials said, more than double normal levels.

    Wow, almost as much confusion as has overtaken the U.K. in the dog days of Brexit, with Parliament Prorouged, to attempt to keep the nonsense to a minimum.
    We sail on supreme, ready to go over the waterfall, steady ahead.

  5. Freddy says:

    Looks like things are going badly in Luxembourg for the European Union.
    New U.K. Prime minister Boris Johnson refused to go to the podium with Luxembourger
    Xavier Bettel
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7469085/Boris-Johnson-BOOED-leaves-unch-Jean-Claude-Juncker.html

  6. Freddy says:

    Tory Brexiteers vented fury, with one M..P saying: “We fund the E.U. to the tune of billions every year – not sure what Luxembourg’s contribution has been.”
    The Brexit process has turned into a “nightmare”, the prime minister of Luxembourg has said after holding talks with U.K. P.M. Boris Johnson.

    Xavier Bettel said “Mr. Johnson had failed to put forward any serious plans to allow a deal by 31 October.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49709430
    Boris reiterated that the U.K. will come out of the E.U. on 31 October “deal or no deal, do or die, I would rather be dead in a ditch than stay in the European Union”

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