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    I was quite surprised to discover that a guy I knew fairly well at college is currently a Brexit Party MEP!

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      Not Bill 'Ignorant' Etheridge? Good to see the big man back. At the 2014 count, I had a nice chat with his Mum, who handed round a tin of buns topped with lurid purple-yellow icing. After a couple of E(U) numbers we were running around like hyperactive toddlers

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        Haha! No, not him, though I've seen him a few times on TV. Very Black Country!

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          So, um, has parliament actually passed whatever needs passing to extend the deadline to 31st Oct? Because last time it wasn't as automatic as the EU offering it and then it was law. Not that it's likely to fail, there were only 60-pdd votes against the extension to today, but, you know...

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            I was wondering about that too. From what I recall, the Cooper amendment theoretically means the extension term needs to be approved, doesn't it. I think the government said they could change the exit date without parliament, but that's a separate issue.

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              The Cooper bill was amended in the Lords to give the PM the power to accept any offered extension and it appears that she has done that.

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                Parliament doesn't sit on Fridays, does it? So it's already shut for Easter. In which case, if there is something not done that needed to be, Britain could be under 10 hours from an accidental (on purpose?) No Deal exit.

                However, this implies that the Cooper bill is sufficient to make the new extension law.
                Last edited by Janik; 12-04-2019, 13:26. Reason: took too long to press Reply and ursus had answered it

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                  I think it would already have plunged the UK into chaos. The date as I understood it was April 11/12 (meaning midnight last night in Brussels, 11pm in the UK, and 1am in these here remoter corners of Europe)

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                    The BBC. After an MP was murdered, credible far right murder plot against another was recently iuncovered and the Finsbury Park Mosque killer had made threats against Jeremy Corbyn the state broadcaster appears to find nothing unproblematic about inviting the leader of a New Party on the air to make threats against MP's and retweeting them without editorial intervention or commentary.

                    https://twitter.com/BBCPolitics/status/1116646709138870274

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                      Dear Spectator, drop the Paddy shit, yours, the Irish ambassador.

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                        Originally posted by Nefertiti2 View Post
                        The BBC. After an MP was murdered, credible far right murder plot against another was recently iuncovered and the Finsbury Park Mosque killer had made threats against Jeremy Corbyn the state broadcaster appears to find nothing unproblematic about inviting the leader of a New Party on the air to make threats against MP's and retweeting them without editorial intervention or commentary.

                        https://twitter.com/BBCPolitics/status/1116646709138870274
                        Fire the fucking lot of them into the sun. I mean, for fuck's fucking sake.

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                          He'd have been better ignoring them (as ever). Accusing them of snides is like chiding you for disliking Mourinho or my love of terrible puns.

                          The only demographic benefitting from the Brit Commonwealth is paperweight boxers from West Belfast, who get to beat up Micronesian guys of a generally lower standard than they meet representing Ireland in the Euro Championships

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                            Paperweight?

                            And unsure why any ambassador would let bad manners which are a slur against their country off?
                            It's their job.

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                              Nah. You've got to say something at some point. The Spectator is a rag that likes to pretend that it is serious. The thing is always letting things slide, and not saying anything hasn't got us anywhere in the past, and to be honest, it just enables the UK political bubble to forget that we're actually more than an abstract concept.

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                                If the Spec, Torygraph etc are increasingly comical (agreed) that's more of a reason to swerve them. Rather than protesting in the vain hope they'll wise up. Partic in response to that article- author seems like an overeducated simpleton even by their standards

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                                  Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the past, etc ...

                                  http://twitter.com/britainelects/status/1118480874893381632

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                                    Interestingly, YouGov tables give the Greens 16% in London, and Lib Dems 13% there.

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                                      I can't believe that I've just noticed that the Funny Tingers have a party name that is almost the same as one of their leading lights. It's like when Arsenal were led by Arsene, only the other way around.

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                                        They should have Unai Emirates as a candidate

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                                          Something that goes by the name of Crispin Blunt has just proposed a vote of no confidence in the Speaker.

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                                            Originally posted by Rogin the Armchair fan View Post
                                            Something that goes by the name of Crispin Blunt has just proposed a vote of no confidence in the Speaker.
                                            As parliament isn't sitting it's just a lovely soundbite for the right wing press.

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                                              Isn't it blissful that this has substantially disappeared from the news reports in the last few days!

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                                                Isn't that just an indication that nobody is doing anything, and come October we'll have a replay of the last 6 weeks?

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                                                  http://www.arte.tv/en/videos/078746-...ck-is-ticking/

                                                  Michel Barnier filmed by a French documentary maker during the Brexit negotiations.
                                                  Last edited by Diable Rouge; 19-04-2019, 11:00.

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                                                    Originally posted by ooh aah View Post
                                                    Isn't that just an indication that nobody is doing anything, and come October we'll have a replay of the last 6 weeks?

                                                    Oh, yes. It's only a temporary respite but none less welcome for that.

                                                    Stop it DR. You're ruining the vibe!

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