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Oh goody. Teresa is giving a presser

She has correctly identified that the EU27 is only offering two options : Norway or the highway.

And she's perfectly clear that neither is acceptable to her.

Then it gets worse...

May says she wants to clarify several issues. She says she wants to be clear that the rights of EU citizens will be protected in the event of no deal.

She says to the people of Northern Ireland that they will do everything to prevent a hard border with the Irish republic.

... but it won't be possible, is the subtext.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 01:18:00 PM EST
As I told EU leaders, neither side should demand the unacceptable of the other. We cannot accept anything that threatens the integrity of our union, just as they cannot accept anything that threatens the integrity of theirs. We cannot accept anything that does not respect the result of the referendum, just as they cannot accept anything that is not in the interest of their citizens.

A moving moment. She finally acknowledges the hopelessness of her self-assigned task.

Oddly, she finished the presser without resigning.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 01:38:36 PM EST
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Madness.

Absolutely nobody has ever explained what it was that the British public voted for. What they do is describe their own personal brexit and then claim that this is what was voted for. To describe it as dishonest is merely remarking that water is wet (news to Donald I know) or that bears shit in woods.

There are many versions of brexit that do not threaten the integrity of the referendum result, the integrity of the UK nor that of the EU. However, to do so buggers up Theresa's personal brexit which involves leaving the European Court of Justice which she personally hates and despises.

And that's the problem. Everybody is wandering around talking about brexit as if it was an entirely accepted idea of what it entailed. There isn't.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 02:03:14 PM EST
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Was the European Court of Justice even a major issue in the referendum campaign?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 02:16:08 PM EST
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Yes!

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 03:14:49 PM EST
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No, never.

Indeed, I wish somebody had compiled a compendium of soft-soap promises from the brexiteers of what brexit would look  like leading up to the referendum, cos they drove a cart and horses through that lot the day after

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 03:16:28 PM EST
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I can certainly see why May would be upset about the ECJ today, in particular

Scots judges refer the question of whether the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 to the ECJ.

Scots judges.
To the ECJ.

Carloway, one of three judges to consider the case on appeal after it was initially rejected in June as "academic and hypothetical", noted that the Commons would be required to vote on whether to ratify any Brexit deal before 29 March 2019, "a date which is looming up", and that a judgment from the ECJ would "have the effect of clarifying the options open to MPs in the lead-up to what is now an inevitable vote".

If it turns out that the UK Parliament can, by a vote, solemnly and meekly put an end to the whole train wreck...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 03:00:42 PM EST
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EU has been clear the UK 'taking a Mulligan' on the A50 letter is a non-starter.  The letter was sent, accepted, and the UK is outta there.  The discussion is on what "outta there" is.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 04:17:11 PM EST
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Theresa May excels herself in another exercise in futility - John Crace - Political Sketch Writer - The Guardian

John Crace - He who invented the concept of 'The Maybot' with her inadequate operating system and the 'Four Pot Plants' passing judgement on the negotiations - brings his usual pithy putdowns to bear.

Nothing had changed, it was all the EU's fault and she wanted respect. Has she any for herself?

Was this the moment Theresa May finally lost all touch with reality? The day the Maybot's circuits overloaded and reverted to their factory settings. The day when history was rewritten in such a way as to make it virtually unrecognisable.
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May, who has turned exercises in futility into an artform during her time in office, excelled herself this time. Nothing had changed from yesterday, when nothing had changed from the day before. Except this time she wanted to appear determined and steely instead of sweaty and terrified. She had looked into the abyss of her own career and decided that if she was going down then she would do her best to take her party and the country with her.

The Salzburg summit hadn't gone very well, she began. Nothing like a statement of the obvious to get things rolling. ....

If that style appeals, then do read on.

by oldremainmer48 on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 08:26:08 PM EST
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