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Forget Brexit; we have a bigger problem

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G. Williamson stamped all over hallowed ground last week and insulted one of our greatest trading partners. Sack him! He was highly irresponsible by suggesting our new aircraft-carrier was ready and would defend islands off China’s coast, which have nothing to do with us. He has obviously forgotten how small we are compared with China and geographically, there are large land masses between us and China.

Sack him. Mrs May must raise her eyes from Brexit and Tory defections. They mean nothing compared to losing our trade relationship with China.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, Mr Williamson.  Be sacked or resign quickly, so that we can restore our relationship with a major supplier.

How many toys etc., do you have that have the stamp ‘Made in China’? Hundreds including Apple and toys galore at Christmas.

Sack him so that we can smoothe over his idiocy.

LucyLou

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Since the ridiculous worst-case scenarios for Brexit set out by the supposedly apolitical Mark Carnet, Chairman of the Bank of England to Theresa May’s stuck-in-the-mud stance, Conservative activists have been begged over the heads oof their MP’s to follow her Brexit deal. This splits activists and their constituency party and will make her MPs’ jobs harder. The plan to work on MP’sbis a shambles and has broken trust within the Conservative Party. Endless shabby promises of promotion if they vote for this dreadfull list of nonsensical words shows a monumental ego at work that does not brook failure. And for a second time, she expects a positive reaction after going behind MP’s backs

And remember the Welsh farmers seen at Market with separate images of Mrs May- did they meet? It may turn out that the EU would like a discussion about subsidies, as they profit too.

I have asked for cross-party discussions before. Now one such movement is being built against her.It is so unnecessary.

Take a rural MP with an interest in agriculture and ask for a Representatives from the National Farmers’Union and talk with counterparts from the EU. Talk in the UK of course.

Is it possible that we took the cheap option? MrsMay has not worked for 2 years on Brexit as claimed.  As late as September 2017 there was a panicked recruitment drive as the government realised they had too few negotiators.

Today there were two demonstrations for and against Brexit. Not much media coverage.

We can make a Brexit deal for the UK but the people want more involvement. Gone are the loners. We are team members.. Maybe MPs can set us an example.

I hope we find clarity; we have a lot to offer.

Lucylou

 

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I smell a rat (post EU/Mrs May Brexit signature)

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Ratified by the EU in undignified haste

Two mistakes by those signing up to this Brexit nonsensical version:

  1. Politicians believe that they are more intelligent and savvy than their voters;
  2. The most mentally-challenged smell a rat when they see one.

Have we ever seen a treaty/agreement/peace terms ratified this fast? Of course not; it is Brexit baloney. Mrs May must give up elegantly and drift into history. We, in the meanwhile, need someone who inspires confusion and fear in Brussels.

Two possibilities, preferably a combination:

A politician like Barack Obama. On first entering Presidential office, he asked Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton to the White House. They gave him useful advice and they gave him stability. Further high-ranking (therefore experienced) politicians also joined him.

Boris Johnson. But not too off the wall; we need stability. Yet he will inspire us in future, if we are to have one.

If you want Brexit for the people, it should be negotiated first. Only then should Brexit become a logistical exercise.  Mrs May has succeeded in causing mental episodes in every negotiator and aide. to do your best and then too find you have been ignored from the beginning is to cause a misalignment in the brain.

I smell a rat; do you?

It is a cheek and an insult to think that no-one would notice.

LucyLou

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To be railroaded, is not fun, so laugh at it and win

I don’t believe it. We have battled over Gibraltar for a hundred years and Mrs May caved to Spain last night, immediately, conceded.  She is grasping at straws and in doing so, has probably upset a whole island, which thought itself comfortable under British protection.

Wait now for the torrent of other countries wanting to take a bite out of us.

Mrs May is now inciting the public to back her and her policies, which look a near perfect statement of remaining in the EU, but with £40 bn, which has mysteriously become a downpayment instead of a divorce settlement. How the EU laughing at us.

I did stick out for a Customs Union, but did not make clear that we would have our own rules and certainly not kowtow to the EU. And fairly sure that we have conceded everything the EU wanted, now what do we do?

Tell the EU that:

  1. Customs Union without bowing to EU rules. Before the EU, our British Standards were the envy of the world. We can go back to that, if we have a little spunk;
  2. Every government department must produce its rules for Brexit. Fishermen know what they want. We should be giving praise to them, not saying that, by the way, the French have asked to fish in our coastal waters. In their dreams, but I take a reasonable guess that that is another concession given.

The trouble with suggesting solutions is that it shows how much we have been conned into this Brexit policy.

Firstly, give the Cabinet three hours to read a 7-page outline and 585-page Divorce Settlement. They were not allowed to take any papers home.

Secondly, Mrs May has not heeded her advisers, government Ministers and negotiators, employed from the private sector. They have probably worked themselves half to death for the country and what a disappointment it must be to realize that she never wanted your help. You were a smokescreen, for which  someone should stand up and apologize.

Should there have been a little understanding earlier?  I am a frayed knot, that was never Mrs May’s plan. Get her trusted aide and not the Brexit Secretary of the day, Dominic Raab, to deliver a paper. Would that it was a White Paper as we would then have more time to refuse. Mr Raab has a kind future ahead. He was like a breath of fresh air which grew stale on further acquaintance with the nonsense that is the Brexit paper.

The public has been given the dull news that there is a 7-page outline of Brexit, after 2 years! Then the DUP, rightly, put Northern Ireland first and rejected the nonsense.

We must all, in our own ways, stamp on the nonsense of Brexit. The people are sick of Brexit, whether understanding it or not. Give them no time and force them to accept.Unsurprisingly, the EU has leapt into action to ratify her version of Brexit before we change our minds. There is a special summit in the EU today, Sunday 25 November.

Unrest is continuing, now into Europe. The French are unhappy. M. Macron focussed on France’s position in the EU and forgot the people who put him there.

We don’t want this Brexit nonsense and we do want to be independent. I am fed up with Mrs May threatening Ministers, MP’s and the public that we cannot reject her version as the alternative is a ‘no Brexit’. Deal.  This is also a nonsense. We are very quick at adapting and can carry out checks to lorries coming from France, maybe a software addition to the present system.Tweaking  technology is the answer to most of our woes.

Losing Gibraltar was the last straw. Threatening everyone is done from a position of fear, but she put herself in that position and cannot blame us.

Personally, I would get every Department to thrash out what they want and present it within a week, not to Mrs May, but to an interim Prime Minister. If you are chosen, do not lose your head. Think, reflect, take action as all the best gurus tell us and listen to your Aides and Negotiators. Otherwise, we are up the creek without a paddle.

Is it too late?

Why isn’t Parliament sitting this Sunday as we face a constitutional crisis?

It is 26 years since we faced one (1992 crash out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism). Somehow we survived that.

Ask the people. With any luck it will proceed like phrases most likely to be heard in Waitrose:

“Portia, pick me a papaya.”

“Daddy, does Lego have a silent ‘t’ like Merlot?” (www.mirror.co.uk)

How about a 24-hour Joke-a-thon at the expense of the EU. It would cheer us all upl

LucyLou

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Time to declare our position

Is history repeating itself?

Mrs May called a General Election within six months of winning one. It was a massive miscalculation because she and her two autocratic aides had kept all details to themselves.

Now, with the deadly boredom for the public and mounting panic for businesses, that is Brexit, we have no details. Why do I get the feeling that every time M. Barnier and co., report good progress, it means that we have conceded something? The trouble is that the public knows nothing and MP’s are being stonewalled, when the whole plan should have been made available to them. They should be signing off the details, but still Mrs May is silent.

The second problem is that we are being bullied by the EU. If 75% of our exports go to the EU, then what will happen to them if there is no deal? It will be the same as it is for us in the UK, so therefore those businesses should also be panicking. Negotiators for the EU and those for the UK need to show their hands. People on the streets is not a feature of British daily life. Agitators and activists breed in this atmosphere.

You cannot disrespect people’s lives; you have to give them answers. Wearing down Civil Servants and trying to blame them for Mrs May’s intransigence is unfair. If there is confirmation of a ‘no deal’, the possible consequences should be discussed in Parliament and Emergency Plans set up to deal with it, before we bounce out.

Meanwhile, our Prime Minister and thus our country have been insulted by M. C-J Juncker, the Luxembourg President of the EU Commission. He danced into a speech, days after Mrs May had danced the Conservative Conference to a happy conclusion. For publicly mocking the Head of another member state, he should be sacked. Had she been a man, would that have happened? Yes, probably; he does not consider us equal partners, a cheek coming from his small country. I should think his citizens are mortified.

Brexit is not a contest; it is about the future of the UK. The Referendum threw up almost a 52% to leave and 48% to remain. The British have been on the streets, demonstrating, which shows the level of frustration out there. Ignore it at our peril.  However, sack any MP who wants another Referendum; you can’t do that just because you did not like the result the first time.

It is time for Mrs May to show her hand. If she does not do so, she risks civil disunity, never mind political unity. Disappointment is being hurled from all sides.  The teams of negotiators can no longer consider our position; we should declare it. I suppose Mrs May has to trust in MP’s of all hues to bring us about instead of flapping in the wind. We are a fiercely proud island nation, sometimes mavericks, always independent. in our history, leaving the EU will be a blip in trade.

We just have to wake up and look at what other countries are doing,  China’s refusal to accept our plastic waste may mean a boon to putting plastics in roads (British startup). We have numerous Chinese students and financial services’ workers in London; let us keep our friends.

LucyLou

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Mrs May stands strong, alone

Allow Mrs May a customs plan that allows free movement of products and services? If it is cherry-picking, let the EU have a paddy and overcome it. Mrs May has acted with great dignity over the last few days. Being mocked by CJ Juncker made the whole of the UK put their noses in the air. We are a great nation; Luxembourg is a small one. The man should be sacked for mocking an EU partner. (He danced his way onstage to his peers and they all laughed, according to a TV soundbite.) There is no second chance for insult. You can imagine the US going to war over such a thing, yet we are considered weak and how can that be? It seems that every time the EU negotiators says that the talks that day were making ‘good progress’, the more we wonder whether concessions are being given to the EU.

We are sticking to our guns over the Customs Union, as Theresa May rightly sees that there is no trade without it. so why can’t we have one that suits us, rather than Brussels. We should be saying that ‘x’ is what we have worked out and that is our offer on the table.

Every bank is making contingency plans, so should businesses. Maybe they can negotiate customs and Brexit plans for each industry. They know what they need; the government is wavering. Why cannot we ‘cherrypick’? Isn’t that what the EU is doing by rejecting our plans. Let’s be frank; the 27 EU nations have just realised that the loss of the UK’s financial contribution will mean no money for their own infrastructure, so they became M. Barnier’s lemmings. The merest mention of the words ‘general election’ makes MP’s realise that they may lose their comfortable salaries and they panic. This is where the leader must stand strong, which she is doing.

Where is Mrs May’s support? Why aren’t MP’s standing up and saying that they support her and in their chosen industry, they need such and such. It is for government to amalgamate not create. The lack of it suggests there is no support, yet that may not true. Is an aide keeping MP’s ideas from her. The two previous aides from the General Election, snubbed MP’s and acted like dictators. That would be catastrophic for the UK.

A General Election today would descend into chaos and may bring a Dictator into power, one who does not listen to his own, sends activists into every moderate’s constituency.

A Leadership Election would bore the nation. Those who live in glasshouses, (i.e., have no new ideas) should not throw stones. Social housing in London has been a cause for every government since the Second World War.

LucyLou

 

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For Mrs May – Strength comes from evaluating a proposal

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A billion pound company was built by two men, one a marketing man, Clay Brendish, the other a finance man.

The company was Admiral Computing and no deal was done unless a proposal, had been through several levels of discussion.

So Mrs May has put in the proposal at Chequers. Unfortunately, she has some highly dramatic Cabinet members and this one resigned and others threatened it. Then they started thinly-veiled leadership talks within the Conservative Party.  Naturally, Mrs May is irritated, especially as it distracts her from doing her job.

If there is anything the local Party members can do, it is to hold the party line. But and it is a big but, Mrs May must allow her proposal to be evaluated and discussed until it becomes more palatable. It may become a compromise and that would be a success.

Cabinet members and MP’s must stop strutting into our newspapers  of a weekend. The English prefer someone who will get on with the job, like Mrs May. The EU and M. Barnier are becoming more conciliatory. Anyone who proposes a second Referendum should be given to backbenchers who have more insight and considerably more experience.

Thirty years ago on the night train from Paris, friends from Africa would promise Customs that they would become bricklayers or nannies. Today, it would seem to be fruit pickers.

Have a safe week.

LucyLou

PS. Have these hurricanes bounced partly back into the Atlantic from the Carolinas and Virginia and become three smaller amber and yellow storms across the UK? Weather forecasters are calling it the start of the 2018-19 hurricane season. Don’t be daft; the UK does not have one.

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