NEIN: Merkel Slaps Down May And Tells Her There Will Be NO Changes To The Withdrawal Agreement

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It is hard to remember a more pointless exercise in the history of politics than Theresa May’s ‘tour’ of European Countries. During the debate in Parliament on the censure motion being proposed by Labour, numerous MP’s expressed the opinion that the Prime Minister is, in fact, trying to force Parliament’s hand by pushing it right to the edge of No Deal.

The Democratic Unionist Party have made it amply clear that no amount of clever word-play will change their mind:

Most Conservative Brexiteers feel the same way. Meanwhile, every European Union leader is making it clear that there will be no changes to the text of the Withdrawal Agreement. In another illustration of her bumbling incompetence, May managed to get herself locked in her own car on the way to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who promptly told her that there would be no renegotiation:

It seems Mrs May will sadly continue with her pointless tour, adding further insult to already grievous national injury and continuing Britain’s humiliation.

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8 Responses

  1. Love Liberty says:

    Even the cars are against her

  2. Pauline says:

    May continually chases her own tail and expecting a different outcome.

  3. Pauline says:

    We don’t need a withdrawal agreement – we never have.

  4. Jim Stanley says:

    Am I the only one having flashbacks to those heady pre Referendum days when David Cameron sailed forth to change the EU into an acceptable orginisation. Weeks and 1000’s of airmiles later, yet again total failure! Do i see a pattern here? Maynots whistlestop tour will result in failure, I think we can all see this. Time, methinks to dig out those old “T” shirts and ball caps, I have a feeling they may be needed. BTW I have a stock of Grass Roots out Shirts if anyone needs one, I had a feeling they were destined for more than the rag bin!

  5. Grant Smith says:

    Darrell, I picked out this comment from ‘Brexit Central’ which I find important and reassuring –

    Here is the true legal position, never mind ‘snake-eyes’s posturing, blustering and empty threats.
    A most instructive piece.

    November 25, 2018

    Parliament cannot simply ‘block No Deal’ as some are claiming – it’s the default option
    Written by Stewart Jackson

    Stewart Jackson was Conservative MP for Peterborough between 2005 and 2017 and served as Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to Rt Hon David Davis MP as Brexit Secretary between 2017 and 2018.

    The hardcore Remainers, who are determined to thwart Brexit – a democratic decision taken by over 33 million people, after a six-month campaign and which resulted in a clear decision and the biggest electoral mandate in our history – seem to believe that if they keep on saying things – which are palpably untrue – on enough occasions, they then become FACTS.
    One of those “factoids”, which is the subject of received wisdom by people like Hilary Benn, Amber Rudd and Sir Keir Starmer, (who should know better) is that Parliament can “block No Deal”. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty tells the eponymous heroine that “words mean what I want them to mean”.
    Remoaners seem to be taking a similar view, irrespective of the true facts. It isn’t so. Nor is it possible to surmise how the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer can plausibly continue to make the case that there is a good chance of a “No Brexit”. It was for the very reason that David Davis and I knew that ‘Remainer refuseniks’ would use every low and disreputable parliamentary trick in the book to disavow the settled will of the electorate in 2016, that during the Committee Stage of the EU Withdrawal Bill earlier this year, DExEU ministers insisted that the exact date of our departure from the European Union (11pm on 29th March 2019) should be enshrined in the primary legislation, clearly displayed on the face of the Act.
    We ensured that the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 was also the first clause of the then Bill.
    Likewise, Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union is explicit that all the treaties of the European Union will cease to have effect in respect of a departing Member State at the conclusion of a two-year period – and this is enshrined now as an international treaty obligation. Furthermore, the idea of attaching a plethora of so-called “Christmas tree” amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration is also futile. As has been confirmed in evidence to parliamentary select committees by Sir David Natzler, (the principal constitutional advisor to the House of Commons and its Chief Clerk), such legislative tricks are effectively giant Early Day Motions – parliamentary wallpaper which would have no statutory effect.
    Put simply, if Parliament wishes to have a second referendum or set aside Article 50, then MPs will have to find time to legislate for such an outcome and that before 29th March 2019. No deal is therefore the de facto backstop, to coin a phrase. We don’t particularly want it, but it IS a guarantee that the will of the people will be adhered to. In short, you cannot wish away the EU Referendum Act 2015, the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 or the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 on a whim. It is simply anathema to our unwritten constitutional settlement.
    Similarly, MPs cannot press for an early general election without removing the legislative lock of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, which is why the Prime Minister’s implied threat that voting down her capitulation deal will inevitably result in an early general election is baseless. Who would have thought that the heroes of Brexit might very well turn out to be Ms Gina Miller and Dominic Grieve QC MP? Their doughty fight for proper parliamentary scrutiny and oversight of the legislative Brexit process has, in a counter-intuitive manner, protected the outcome from being savaged by the Establishment and their other vested interests such as foreign multinationals, Whitehall mandarins and the liberal media, all of which hate the freely made and reasoned decision of the British people in 2016.
    Without Ms Miller’s Supreme Court case, demolishing a central tenet of the Royal Prerogative and establishing the imperative of Parliament legislating for the invocation of Article 50, (and one reasonably assumes its revocation by statute too) and without Mr Grieve’s insistence on a meaningful vote in both the Commons and the Lords, Brexit could have been destroyed by the untrammelled use of Royal Prerogative by Theresa May. The good sense of the British people to humble her for her hubris and arrogance at the 2017 General Election, which resulted in an avoidable hung Parliament, likewise meant that ‘eurosceptic’ Conservative MPs – (138 of them voted LEAVE, remember), together with the Democratic Unionist Party MPs, have curtailed the chances of her signing an even more disastrous deal with Brussels, and have put her on notice of a calamitous parliamentary rout in several weeks’ time unless she reconsiders her motive and her policy. I shudder to imagine Mrs May with a landslide majority and the full powers of Royal Prerogative!
    Therefore, the real choice soon to be made by Members of Parliament across the political spectrum, in pragmatic terms, is not between the Prime Minister’s terrible punishment deal and a No Deal or World Trade Organisation trading deal; but in fact between the latter and an improved deal with the European Union, in respect of both the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration. How many of the other 185 Conservative MPs truly believe that they must take the thinnest of gruel offered to them by Mrs May, because apparently the British people just “want to get on with it”?
    A deal signed off by the European Union Council of Ministers in just 38 minutes recently; a deal even rubbished by the EU-compliant CBI? The key date for MPs to ponder is 21st January 2019 when the Prime Minister is obliged under the Withdrawal Act to come before Parliament and thereafter lay a neutral motion before the House on why a deal has or has not been agreed with the EU. That is the true deadline for securing a much better deal which honours the decision of the British people to take back control of their borders, laws and money at the referendum.
    At that stage, I fully expect the Establishment and, in particular, Speaker Bercow to conspire to block Brexit as a final throw of the die, by seeking to allow the Standing Orders of the Commons to, in some way, be set aside so that the Commons could pass an affirmative resolution to extend Article 50 or rescind it. Such tactics WILL FAIL, but would nevertheless have a terrible impact on the faith and trust that the people have had in our parliamentary democracy and would also be corrosive to the implied contract made with the British people in 2016, when politicians promised the poll would settle the European issue for a generation. It would also give rise to great anger and resentment with the rise of extremists on both the Left and Right.
    Not least, it would split the Conservative Party in two. The stakes could not be higher. Conservative MPs will need to think about how history will judge them. I believe that most, when pushed, would rather the short term pain of a No Deal rather than suffer the purgatory of continuing to be effectively an EU colony, with the strong likelihood of another 25-year Tory civil war over Europe.
    The Prime Minister has consistently shown herself unwilling to compromise with her own parliamentary colleagues and, as such, must expect them, ‘in extremis’, to be brutal in putting the country’s and her party’s interests before her own short-term and receding prospects, in the next few weeks. It appears the only way out of what will soon be an unprecedented existential crisis.

    • Jim Stanley says:

      Thank you Grant for clarifying the position. In a past life I ran a Security Consultancy and Guarding Company. As the “Boss” I made my money by planning for the unthinkable, unfortunately not well enough, I planned for the possibility of 3 big customers going broke in a year, but I had 4 go to the wall in 10 months, so maybe I was not that good. Assumptions are dangerous, but from the tone of the comments, I think it is safe to say that we are Democrats, and believe in the Rule of Law, we do not “do” a “Yellow Jacket” as in France, if and when we take to the streets we demonstrate in a peaceful way, but not everyone is a Democrat. I understand that, on Sunday’s March, some were wearing Yellow Jackets and Yellow Ribbons, the latter usually meant to signify that you were waiting for a loved one to return from a war, so hardly appropriate. Normally a street march is not the way the democratic silent majority act, so the very act of a March organised by an Accredited Political Party, should alert the authorities that something is Rotten in the State of Denmark. what if the next March turns violent, not just a punch up, like the Miners strike, but a serious riot, with knives, or worse, in free use, multiple stabbings etc , what then, Marches Banned? But what if that order is ignored, and a panicy Home Secretary calls for help from troops, subject to the Legal requirements being met, as in the Sydney Street Siege, or one stage further and Marshall Law being declared, is that such a stretch. Remember my old job was to plan for the unthinkable. Troops on the Streets to maintain Law and Order, our unarmed Police, staying in their stations for their own safety, Civil Disobedience rife, riots and worse daily, and Brexit very far from our Politicians minds. Am I being alarmist and far fetched, but 3 years ago, who would have said that, after winning the Referendum, UKIP would take to the streets in an attempt to push our Democratic Representatives to follow the will of the People, as they have all pledged to do? Not many, if any I guess. Of course it is our Democratic right to demonstrate with Marches and open space pubic meeting, but surely these are the tactics of protest Groups, Political Parties campaign by distributing leaflets and talking to voters, not shouting slogans, with a police wall seperating them from those who disagree with us. I have real fears that the lack of good governance could result in serious civil unrest, or worse, and while, as Democrats, we would not deliberately promote violence, how many of us would turn the other cheek, I for one would find that hard! I worried about violence last Sunday, and fortunately I was wrong. I hope I am wrong again, and you can all point the finger and say that the idiot Stanley has done it again, but if, just if, my words give a few pause for thought, while I may be wrong about the outcome, at least I am trying to contain the situation, and stop things spiraling out of control, if that happens, Brexit will be dead forever.
      Sorry for any writing errors, I am dyslexic, and while I check, i do miss mistakes from time to time

  6. Grant Smith says:

    Stanley, Thank you, well put, yes, there are genuine concerns about street fighting. We are working at ‘www dot livingstones dot blog’ to change things. If you give me an email address, we can discuss details in relative privacy – cpr4d at livingstones dot uk – is my email address.

  7. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    I would just like to Thank Grant and Jim for their depth of digging. Points made are well founded, and I find myself not only in agreement but also widening my own view on this utterly mismanaged National change of status.
    On top of our National problem with leaving the EU, there is potentially an even bigger problem brewing from the UN. Globalisation of free movement of migrants, has passed the stage of being contemplated, and Nations are signing up to it for further consideration. This is more than worrying, as this path of action is required for ‘The End Times’, according to Bible scholars, and apparently our own Government is signing our Nation into it, good and early. If this has not worried us before, it should do so now !

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