Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Theresa May's Brexit Cake

Two years after coming to power, Theresa May's premiership is the most shambolic  for over a century. Continuing to show incompetence, May has already in complete delusion told MP's she was confident that the deal ' take us significantly closer to delivering what the British people voted for in the referendum. But her Brexit divorce deal is an absolute failure, combined with her refusal to listen to anyone in such a contemptuous manner and we are now  fast approaching constitutional crisis territory, which could at last bring about the Government's collapse.
The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March next year, but the deal negotiated with the EU has to be backed by a majority MPs if it is to come into force.The problem with Brexit, as the Prime Minister is finding to her cost, is that it has been impossible to find a blueprint for EU withdrawal that makes all factions in all parties happy, or, more seriously, is not furiously opposed by at least one of those factions.
In the absence of any deal, and without a revoking of Article 50, Britain crashes out of the EU on a no-deal basis , a scenario that has alarmed national and international businesses and inside Britain's machinery of government and public services, due to the prospect of swingeing tariffs on goods at the border, miles of queued lorries and stockpiling of food and medicines by panicking householders.
However, all this raises the question of how the UK might revoke notification. It would almost certainly need to be done by an act of parliament. If it was done by ministers alone using prerogative powers it would frustrate the will of parliament as expressed in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
It should be noted that the statement and the case concerns revocation of notice to leave, and not a delay or extension of the two-year period provided for under Article 50.That period can be extended, but only with the agreement of all of the other 27 EU states. Whereas extension of the Article 50 period could become a political necessity, revocation of Article 50 remains something of an academic point at present. However, that would change if there was a second referendum in which the British people voted to remain in the EU.
On Wednesday, the full legal advice given by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox to Theresa May's cabinet was published after the Government was found in contempt of Parliament in an unprecedented defeat in the House of Commons. Parliament also voted in favour of Dominic Grieve's motion by 321 votes to 299 which gives MP’s greater influence in Brexit should Mrs May’s deal be rejected in six days time.
The theme of cake has propped up constantly throughout the Brexit process with Brexiteer and Former Secrerary Boris Johnson  accused of 'cakeism'  for saying the UK should ' have our cake and eat it' as we leave the European Union. The president of the European Council Donald Tusk mocked May on an Instagram story. In the picture of the prime minister and himself at the cake stand he wrote: “A piece of cake, perhaps? Sorry, no cherries.” The roasting is a reference to a running joke in Brussels that Britain wants to  “cherrypick” the things it likes about the EU in its new deal. It's all such a bloody mess, would you eat Theresa May's Brexit Cake ? I certainly wouldn't. The Tory's are currently failing us badly.
It is clear that the disastrous government has run out of steam. The Withdrawal Agreement  must be voted down and the country needs a general election. The deal that May is presenting to parliament is the worst of all worlds, but is at least uniting Remainers and Leavers alike.

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