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About Retsdon

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  • Birthday 02/03/1956

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    Learning blues guitar,drinking the wife's home-made wine, scheming how to get out of the Middle East.

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  1. One's personal opinion of the man is irrelevant. Here are her Majesty's soldiers shooting at the 'Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition', which is Corbyn's official position in our constitutional system. It's verging on treasonous behavior.
  2. That had me laughing out loud! Thanks. Thay
  3. Don't introduce the real world. It's considered impolite.
  4. https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/03/20/invitation-letter-by-president-donald-tusk-to-the-members-of-the-european-council-ahead-of-their-meetings-on-21-and-22-march-2019/ From Tusk's invitation letter to the members of the council...... In the light of the consultations that I have been conducting over the past days, I believe that we could consider a short extension conditional on a positive vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons. ...........We will discuss it in detail tomorrow. When it comes to the approval of the Strasbourg agreement, I believe that this is possible, and in my view it does not create risks.....At this time I do not foresee an extraordinary European Council. If you were to approve my recommendations, and if there were a positive vote in the House of Commons next week, we could finalise and formalise the decision on the extension using a written procedure....... The European Council will start on Thursday afternoon with our usual exchange with President Tajani. We will then turn to Prime Minister May who will share her assessment of the latest developments regarding Brexit. After this, we will discuss the next steps concerning Brexit at 27. We will reconvene at 28 for dinner to discuss our relations with China..... It's all there for anyone who cares to look. You just need to broaden your reading range beyond your own side's propaganda The whole thing was decided in an hour or so, going by the schedule of the meeting. As for Macron, the Italians, etc, while they might in theory have disapproved an extension they quite obviously didn't feel strongly enough to make it an issue. They've all got more important things on their plates and their worlds don't revolve around the Brexit soap...unlike some others.....
  5. https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2019/03/21-22/ Are you saying a vote never took place at this meeting?
  6. And it was a waste of air, because no deal is the default outcome no matter what parliament might want. They might imagine it, but they haven't taken anything off the table, which they'll find out soon enough if Macron gets his way. And it was the government that requested the extension, not parliament. Britain is a constitutional monarchy, and power - including international treaty making and agreement - is exercised by the government through crown prerogative. Parliament has no such powers.
  7. Well, I suppose it depends on what you mean by 'set'. Under the terms of Article 50, to which Britain is party as an EU member, in the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement the 29th was the leave date.But the UK government requested an extension and got it. The legal ins and outs of that, I've no idea about - but I presume it was all done by the book.
  8. On Skype a couple of hours ago, I was talking to Mrs. R, and behind her the chickens were literally going to roost the in the trees surrounding my mother in laws house. Perhaps it's just because they're Thai chickens, but these things were taking off like pheasants!
  9. Agreed. But they weren't by any means all voting for a hard Brexit. People had all kinds of expectations. The chart below is from June 2016.
  10. As Ivan Rogers observed, there's an old maxim that you campaign in poetry but govern in prose. And now that the chickens are airborne what sounded good 2 years ago is not necessarily practicable when the stuff actually hits the fan. (Sorry for the mixed metaphors)
  11. And that would be a very good thing. All the Brexit furore is because the country bought a pig in a poke. Nobody knew what was in the sack. Now the sack had been opened the creature has apparently turned out to be some kind of many-headed relative of Hydra, which nobody can actually control and which has a penchant for smashing and devouring political institutions. Doubtless economic ones will be next on the menu.
  12. Not true. It'll be music to the ears of some people who voted Brexit. For those who believed what they were told - extra money, a straightforward trade deal with the EU, an orderly transition, etc it won't be music. It will be a realization that they've been had. Exactly. And my guess is that post-Brexit will be even more bitter and divisive. Revolutions devour their children as the saying goes.
  13. In that case , why did they vote in massive majority to trigger A 50, surely these bastions of public integrity should have refused ? Quite! Until the government adduced a workable plan rather than a wish list, Parliament should have sent it back to the drawing board. But everyone was playing internal party politics instead of doing their job. So here we are - a complete and utter shambles with the country due to be kicked out of the EU in two weeks time, totally unprepared and with a vacuum at the centre of government. Macron decides Britain's future - that wasn't on the manifesto...
  14. 'It is a tenet of representative democracy that MPs are not delegates for their constituents. ..' https://www.politics.co.uk/reference/mps-and-political-artiesp
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