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  1. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    I assume you support the PMs version of Brexit then. Blind faith strikes me as being a rather reckless way to run a country. Sums may be wrong but the end of free movement is a retrograde step particularly for the young. The losses will be to individuals not the state. The costs of a European holiday are going to increase particularly because of the depreciation of sterling Retaliation will really help the tourist business won't it. So you know what everyone was voting for do you? My leave voting in-laws voted to reduce immigration. Some neighbours voted to "regain sovereignty " which I guess means they don't want to enter into any trade deals Others voted for the £350m a week for the NHS from EU savings. Which was a lie Others voted for libertarian reasons to reduce regulation (particularly the disaster capitalists like Mogg, Tice etc Even raging Brexiters said we would stay in the single market. There was no one reason people voted to leave.
  2. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    It's now confirmed we have another Brexit bonus. Because of the removal of free movement between the UK and EU Brits travelling to Europe will now need to register for a document similar to a USA ESTA. So if you have a family holiday in the EU it will cost circa £25 for a familiy of 4 adults for the travel registration. With the EHIC card gone travel insurance will be at least £15 more. Thats £88 more. Interestingly most families dont pay this much annually towards our current EU contribution. At the same time with the depreciation of the £ against the € all holidays and holiday expenditure will cost more. Still they knew what they were voting for 😀😅
  3. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    The Tory party which is officially known as the Conservative and Unionist party may well end up destroying that which it supposedly is in business to protect. May frequently speaks of the union in glowing terms. However with both Scotland and Northern Ireland voting to remain and being ignored in any negotiations the prospect of independence and reunification seems to be gaining ground. I would think a non deal Brexit which in my opinion is becoming more likely by the day would push the button on the demands for referendums on both issues. Northern Ireland particularly could easily rejoin the EU by reuniting with Ireland. Scotland faces more severe challenges in my opinion as it would be outside the EU and would have to apply to join with all of the issues this brings. It's absurd to think that the party ended up destroying what it was supposed to protect simply because of a Tory Civil War over Europe and a couple of weak leaders. This from the party which took UK into the EEC, was instrumental in the design of the single market and signed Maastricht, destroyed by the thing it helped create.
  4. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    The only conclusion I can draw from your offerings is that you are a moron.
  5. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    My pleasure
  6. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    The EU has just voted to approve the trade deal between EU and Japan. Taking 5 years to negotiate, it represents a third of the world's GDP. Deal will cut prices for consumers in both EU and Japan and comes into force just as the UK leaves the EU.
  7. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    It takes a special kind of person to be as daft as you are.
  8. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    What does that have to do with what I said. 1. It's clear she commands little support on the backbenches of the Tory Party otherwise 117 of them wouldn't have voted against her. The payroll vote is over 150 so she only had circa 50 backbenchers vote for her. 2. Point 1. clearly shows that her deal is dead in the water as just about every other politician in Parliament will vote against it. She will be lucky to get 200 votes in favour of her deal 3.If her deal is dead then unless the government do something we leave the EU at the end of March wether we want to or not. This would be a catastrophic no deal exit with severe economic dislocation. The only options for the government to avoid this would be revoke A50 or get a short term extension to A50 for a referendum if the EU agrees. So no comment on the rights or wrongs of Brexit just a simple statement on the parliamentary arithmetic as I see it and the inevitability of a countdown clock.
  9. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    If you look at the arithmetic of the confidence vote and take out the payroll vote then the Prime Minister has very little support on the backbenches. It would seem there is little chance of her deal ever getting through and we are then back to the inevitability of the Brexit clock countdown and leaving with no deal continues to increase in my opinion.
  10. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    I would love to know how we get out of this, I genuinely have no idea, as, at the moment the electoral system is rigged against any form of change. A split in the Tory Party may be the impetus for a realignment of British Politics. This could encourage a similar splits in the Labour Party and the formation of a "sensible" third party. I think the genie of independence and reunification are out of the bottle in Scotland and Northern Ireland and it's likely that pressure is going to increase for some form of referendum in both countries.
  11. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees_Mogg and the rest of the ERG “defenders of democracy”, will now instantly pivot to full-throated support of Theresa May and work to promote her deal with unshakeable belief, as they’ve demanded of “remoaners” since 2016. The ERG lost. They should get over it.
  12. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    I have said for a long time I am politically homeless. The Tory Party to me are now a group of people who have such diverse views they cannot stay together. I've never voted Tory and it would please me no end to see people like Rees-Mogg, Davis, Bridgen and Paterson left humiliated. They are an embarrassment and owe no loyalty to anyone other than themselves. FPTP does not allow the easy gestation of a new party so I have no idea what will happen.
  13. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    Extend A50 can only happen with the agreement of the EU. If Corbyn were PM he would have a choice of No Deal, Mays Deal or revoke A50. I very much doubt that even Norway is now on offer. I would have thought the EU27 just wish we would go away after all this chaos and indecision.
  14. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    It will be interesting to see the results tonight at 9 pm. According to the pundits May will survive. If she survives by a substantial majority this could be the beginning of the end for Rees-Mogg and his cabal of halfwits and disaster capitalists. Things in the Tory Party are now so bad an ERG member walks out of a TV studio when a vice chairman of the party arrives. With good luck and a following wind the Tory Party will self destruct.
  15. Fools, Rules and Brexitation.

    Bet everyone is glad that they voted in 2015 for a "Strong and Stable" leadership under the Tory Party rather than for a bloke who couldn't eat a bacon sarnie.