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The latest Brexit clusterfuckery

by IdiotSavant Tue Mar 12th, 2019 at 09:06:44 PM EST

So, having rejected Theresa May's shit Brexit deal, UK MP's were told to vote until they got it right - and rejected it again. Which means that the UK is now just 16 days from Brexit and has no plan whatsoever.

Tomorrow the UK parliament will vote on whether to leave the EU without a deal. They will reject that (again). The day after they will vote on asking the EU for an extension, so they can flail around and fail to make up their minds some more. But with no prospect of any change to the deadlock, there is little point to an extension. The EU may grant it, simply to give the UK every possible chance, but ultimately the deal they have offered is the only deal on the table, and the UK can take it or leave it.

The real problem here is the dysfunction and delusion of the UK political class. Faced with the biggest political crisis in a century, they are unable to agree on anything, unable to even accept their negotiating position. So we have delusional absurdities like the EU just giving them whatever they want if they whine loudly enough, or that they can ignore their binding international legal commitments to the Irish peace agreement because they're Britain and they Rule The Waves. Or their imperialist delusions that Ireland would leave the EU and "re"-join their colonial oppressors for the convenience of the latter - or that threatening them with food shortages would change their minds (I guess they don't teach about the potato famine at Eton or Oxford...)

Given this utter failure, there is really only one solution: parliament can't make up its mind, so kick it back to the people in a second referendum. But that would involve the UK political class admitting its failures and yielding a smidgen of power (not to mention the risk that the people might then want to address the fundamental causes of an unfair electoral system and an intellectually inbred elite which produced this clusterfuck), so it will never happen. So instead they'll just continue the cannibalistic orgy all the way to the bottom of the cliff.

So they are all reincarnations of Churchill, courtesy the public school/Oxbridge pipeline, which is nothing but an assembly line for Little Winstons.
by rifek on Wed Mar 13th, 2019 at 03:20:37 AM EST
MPs just voted against a No Deal Brexit.  

After the vote:

Mrs May said "the options before us are the same as they always have been".

"The legal default in EU and UK law is that the UK will leave without a deal unless something else is agreed. The onus is now on every one of us in this House to find out what that is."

But we know what that is.  As she herself said, "Brexit means Brexit."

Tomorrow the House of Commons is scheduled to vote to set the speed of light to 300,000,000 meters per second and pi to 3 because 299,792,458 and 3.14159 are messy.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Mar 13th, 2019 at 11:36:09 PM EST
Pi=3 must be a gesture to the DUP. 1 Kings 7:23:
And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 07:43:47 AM EST
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Hey, you're talking about a perfect, divine document.  You keep it up with such blasphemy, and some Trump fans will show up at YOUR church.
by rifek on Sat Mar 16th, 2019 at 02:58:24 AM EST
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find out what that is

Curiosity killed UK.

by das monde on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 10:29:01 AM EST
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The UK will be going back to Imperial measurements anyway, so it is the EU Metre which will have to change it's measure to fit in. As for Pi, the UK has voted to keep a bigger slice for itself, so it doesn't matter if the overall size of the Pi shrinks...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 04:44:08 PM EST
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I hope you realize that the word "inch" comes from an EU language, Latin. England will actually switch to measuring distances in barleycorns. If you prefer poppyseeds, you'll have to decide if they are ​1⁄4 or ​1⁄5 of a barleycorn.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 05:04:53 PM EST
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I hadn't realized that Latin was an official EU language, or that the Roman Empire was just the EU by another name. However that does explain why the DUP think the EU is all a Papist conspiracy...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 05:37:27 PM EST
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And then the EU became Germany's Third Reich by another name, or maybe the Soviet Union by another name: we, Continentals, have a really hard time following the Westminster Fantasy Universe.
by Bernard on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 07:58:08 PM EST
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You need to buy the fourth volume of the rules: "Advanced B & B - the Players Handbook"

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 10:23:08 PM EST
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It's the commie-nazis!

Well known from the movies.

by fjallstrom on Thu Mar 14th, 2019 at 10:31:47 PM EST
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