Johnson carefully and cynically picked the side in the Brexit fight that would put him in the best position to become leader. When the time came, he and Michael Gove Machiavelli'd each other so hard that neither of them could get the votes required to run, so neither ended up putting their names forward. That left May and Andrea "who?" Leadsom. Leadsom then said something so monstrously stupid that May ended up running unapposed.I see it as she's leader because she's not Boris Johnson, he was clearly waiting to be anoited.
It's interesting to me that the deadline set on phase 1 by the EU expired and went on several days after that, till it was supposedly resolved*. It gives me hope that down the line on transition deals there might be some movement on the EU side to avoid catastrophic cliff edge scenarios and perhaps some semblance of organisation on the UK side to get stuff in order. Ah yes you might say but things have moved on. All I see it is as the two sides (and there are some hot tempers and ill suited personalities on both sides) have managed to agree they will talk. So that's progress, but all the work is yet to do. When the going is tough later on, both sides may pull back from the cliff edge.But whether you are a Leaver or Remainer, is anyone happy with the standard of the UK's negotating team?
I stand corrected, hair duly split.Greenland. Joined 1973, left 1985.
The reason we're in uncharted waters is this is the first withdrawal under article 50, not that it's the first at all.
That photo of the EU negotiators with all their paperwork on one side of the table and DD on the other grinning like a Cheshire cat on LSD and looking like a schoolboy who's in detention. Gawd, we're fookedDavid Davis is an incompetent, lazy, farkwit, liar. Simples!
I know people who work/have worked in DExEU and they say he is one of the laziest, most incompetent ministers they've ever worked with. This is one reason I've not been tempted to join DExEU.
Indeed it does. I saw on the Daily Excess the other day that apparently we have the EU over a barrel?. Would that be a lego barrel?.So a media largely in the hands of foreign owners is expected to guarantee our parliamentary democracy? Doesn't that worry you?
MPs vote 309 to 305 to defeat the government and pass the amendment in the name of Dominic Grieve, which would require the final deal with the EU to be approved by statute passed by Parliament.
The amendment will become part of the bill, and MPs move to another vote.
What happens if the deal is not approved, though? Does that mean that we still leave but with 'no deal'? Or does it mean we stay in. Somehow I doubt the latter. If the former, I'm not really sure what we've gained (other than a government defeat which, IMO, is a good thing).Well at least parliament will get a vote on the deal
Surely not!This is good news of course, but interesting too that Dodgy David Davis's letter to Tory MPs failed to convince anyone. You might almost think he is seen as a duplicitous toad whose promises are worth nothing.