UKIP and Farage + papers like Daily Mail played and continue to play race card
My apologies for rather straying from the subject of wine but as we head towards the six month anniversary of the madness of the UK’s lunatic referendum result, I think a progress report from this little island off the coast of France is in order.
As you may imagine Brexit remains a major topic of news and conversations here. In contrast on continental Europe my experience from time spent recently in France and Portugal, the UK’s leap off an economic cliff comes some way down the list of conversational gambits for very obvious reasons.
To date, despite having six months to cobble together a policy, no-one in the Government appears to have any clue about what they actually want from Brexit or a realistic idea of what they actually get. Our Prime Minister has been declaring since July that « Brexit means Brexit » – slightly less useful than saying « croissant means croissant »….
A few days ago she managed another ringing but equally meaningless slogan – « We want a red, white and blue Brexit ». Impressive that this took nearly six months to formulate…..
Prime Minister May wants to trigger Article 50 that sets in motion the UK’s move to leave the EU and last week the timetable was agreed by our parliament with our official opposition – The Labour Party – agreeing to this timetable despite the Government’s failure to inform them or anyone else what their negotiation strategy.
There is, however, a big potential hindrance to this end of March 2017 timetable. Last month London’s High Court ruled that Prime Minister May cannot trigger Article 50 by using the royal prerogative. The UK government appealed this decision to our Supreme Court. Arguments were presented last week with a decision expected before the end of January 2017. There was an added complication with Scotland and Northern Ireland permitted to argue that Scotland and Northern Ireland should be allowed to give consent to triggering Article 50. If the Government loses the appeal it will have to introduce a bill to Parliament to get consent to triggering Article 50.
Meanwhile there are some indications that regions that voted to leave the EU last June are now having second thoughts. A poll in Sunderland claims that 60% would now vote to remain. Another poll shows that Britons do not support a Brexit that leaves them worse off. Sadly a number of those who voted to leave bought the blatant lies that leaving the EU would produce loads of money that could be spent on our National Health Service. Little surprise that in this crazy year of 2016 Boris Johnson, one of the chief peddlers of this NHS lie, is now our Foreign Secretary….
The one bit of good news recently has been the enticing possibility of EU associate citizenship for individuals. I’m certainly up for this and expect to see thousands forming an orderly queue behind me….
Breaking news: yesterday afternoon a knifeman stabs another man on train at Forest Hill, where I live in London, apparently shouting that he wanted ‘to kill Muslims’. Hatred stoked by Daily Mail, The Sun etc + UKIP? Dark days indeed!
That’s all from the lunatic asylum for the moment.