Brexit Endgame

That's Mx Four Slice Toaster to you, you binary cunt.
I was trying to be non-judgemental by not specifying the type of toaster, nor its colour.
 
Annnnnnnnnnd - here we go

DAVOS, Switzerland — The EU is a master of rebuilding but must develop hard power — “credible military capabilities” — to influence world events, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.

And for that, Europe also needs credible military capabilities and we have set up the building blocks of the European Defense Union. It is complementary to NATO and it is different."

Hmmmm

A European Defence Force to influence world events.
 
Serious question:

Do they still move between Strasburg and Brussels every month, and why?

Try reading this, its 'cos the Frogs want to squeeze yet more cash out of Brussels

snip "The full cost of the travelling circus that sees MEPs decamp once a month from Brussels to Strasbourg can be disclosed, its £130 million travelling circus that once a month sees the European Parliament decamp from Belgium to France. . . And even though MEPs have voted to scrap a second parliament, the French government has the power to block any such move , Which of course they refuse to!!
 

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You have to bear in mind that Boris came out the blocks ready to talk tough which totally surprised the EU after having such a compliant PMTM and parliament. They now have to respond in similar fashion so that they are looking like they have the ability to counter BoJo. From this, after negotiations, which we will not hear about until near the end, both sides will compromise to an extent and come to an agreement.

The only fault with the above is the EU do not have a reputation for compromise in any way - they just don't know how to.
Any one of the EU member states can block a trade deal - and one or other (France for example) is sure too. I suspect contingency planning for that event is going on behind the scenes, while BoJo very visibly makes progress in the US trade talks to put pressure on the EU.

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Oh look no surprise there then

MPs have voted 338 to 252 to disagree with the amendment to provide EU nationals with physical documentation as proof of citizenship after Brexit.

MPs have voted 348 to 246 to disagree with an amendment that deals with the rights of UK courts to diverge from EU law after Brexit.

Another rejection of an amendment to the Brexit bill from peers.

MPs voted 350 to 247 to disagree with an amendment that removed the power of ministers to decide when to use or set aside judgements by the European Court of Justice.

MPs have two other Lords amendments left to vote on.
 

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Oh look no surprise there then

MPs have voted 338 to 252 to disagree with the amendment to provide EU nationals with physical documentation as proof of citizenship after Brexit.

MPs have voted 348 to 246 to disagree with an amendment that deals with the rights of UK courts to diverge from EU law after Brexit.

Another rejection of an amendment to the Brexit bill from peers.

MPs voted 350 to 247 to disagree with an amendment that removed the power of ministers to decide when to use or set aside judgements by the European Court of Justice.

MPs have two other Lords amendments left to vote on.
Bercow will be sitting in a corner of his local pub telling all around that that wouldn't have happened in his day.
 

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Excellent article in the Telegraph explaining why we need to avoid regulatory alignment with the EU.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/01/21/eu-hasnt-twigged-yet-dont-want-alignment-want-break-free/
Divergence will open up new and faster growing markets in Asia and the US respectively. A simple but critical statistic: unemployment rates are 3.5% in the US, 3.8% in the UK, 7.4% in the Eurozone. What more does one need to know? Full divergence from the single market and customs union will also allow the UK to retain up to £12bn per annum of tariffs based on the substantial current account deficit with the EU27 and adopting WTO schedules.
The UK should continue with, and further strengthen its current negotiating position: maximum divergence from the EU, pursue high growth markets to the east, prioritise a trade deal with the US and seek the optimum mix of private sector initiatives and public sector funding.
The EU is worried that by cutting tax, regulation and import duties, the EU will gain competitive advantage over the EU. What the EU hasn't worked out is there are about 170 nations in the world not in the EU. Most have lower tax, regulation and import duties than the EU - and most have higher rates of growth than the EU.

The EU should focus on why the rest of the world is growing faster than it is and not concentrate on shackling the UK so we can't grow faster than the EU after Brexit.

We want rest of the world growth rates after Brexit - not be be part of what looks like an increasingly irrelevant economic backwater.

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And the next one gets booted out

MPs have voted 342 to 254 to reject Dubs amendment to protect the rights of refugee children to join their families in the UK after Brexit.

The government has insisted it is "intent" on protecting family reunification and doesn't need a guarantee in law.
 

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And the next one gets booted out

MPs have voted 342 to 254 to reject Dubs amendment to protect the rights of refugee children to join their families in the UK after Brexit.

The government has insisted it is "intent" on protecting family reunification and doesn't need a guarantee in law.
Considering these amendments (+ about 70 others) have already been rejected by the Commons on the bill's first reading, it's a piece of spectacular stupidity by the Lords. And shows a complete absence of constructive thought process.

Expletive deleted.

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And the next one gets booted out

MPs have voted 342 to 254 to reject Dubs amendment to protect the rights of refugee children to join their families in the UK after Brexit.

The government has insisted it is "intent" on protecting family reunification and doesn't need a guarantee in law.
Aye, they were also intending to raise the minimum wage and a couple of other pre-election promises! :D
 
And finally, MPs have voted 349 to 246 to disagree with an amendment that alters the bill so it makes note of the Sewel Convention, under which Parliament should not legislate on devolved issues without the consent of the devolved institutions.
 
The EU is worried that by cutting tax, regulation and import duties, the EU will gain competitive advantage over the EU.
The first part of the party of the first part shall be known in this contract as the first part of the party of the first part shall be known in this contract..."

You tell 'em.
 

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And finally, MPs have voted 349 to 246 to disagree with an amendment that alters the bill so it makes note of the Sewel Convention, under which Parliament should not legislate on devolved issues without the consent of the devolved institutions.
When powers are repatriated from Brussels, they will have to be reassigned in the UK. That amendment would have let the devolved assemblies log jam the legislation.

More f**king stupidity from the Lords.

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