Yesterday, Mrs May won a Brexit vote, with the majority of the House of Commons voting positively with her. Well done, great news and to Mrs May, that was a thank-you from your MP’s for holding firm to your principles. Savour it. I hope it lifts your step in the negotiations to come.
Unfortunately, the SNP has sidled out of the Commons during Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQ) today, after a grandee of the SNP, Ian Blackford, was asked to leave, after refusing to sit down and to ignoring Mr Bercow’s offer of a debate and vote after PMQ.
Mr Blackford was demanding an immediate debate and vote on Scottish powers being returned from Brussels next March. (The Prime Minister and other MP’s voted for Westminister holding the powers last night, without hearing Scottish MP’s.) This is her democratic right as we are in the United Kingdom.
He ignored that Scotland is attached to England by a land border, which will cast up questions to be discussed and voted upon.
Lastly, he took for granted the new Scottish Parliament’s building,, paid for by English voters at £414 million.
It is worth noting that most Scottish MP’s will be raking in expenses for travelling to Westminister to give their votes. And there’s the rub. If they accept those expenses, they are committing to the UK’s laws. Why do they have to be physically in Westminister in the 21st century? They could easily listen, discuss and vote by webcam and would save UK taxpayers a considerable amount of money. Of course, that would have robbed them of precipitating a paddy in Parliament,
Have an interesting week.
No Prime Minister is ever popular, as there are self-serving Cabinet members ready to take the role. It is disgraceful that the new Home Secretary caved in to a suggestion to join the guys in the Cabinet. Lobbyists may be trying to destroy our democracy. Have they been investigated? Do we know where they come from?
Mrs May is doing a fine job, which is generally thankless. Thank you. You have stood up for businesses and for the existing export route via Customs. Before the EU/Common Market, if anyone can remember, we had petty rivalries with the French. They refused our beef, so we went tit-for-tat and refused entry to the UK of their lamb. We cannot afford to have that happen, with every product.
If it is true that 75% of our exports go to the EU, then we must preserve a fast-track Customs between us. 75%. 3/4, most of our trade. We will put our businesses out of business!
If it is also true that the UK would run out of food within days of no Customs Union, then we are doomed. Unless others in Cabinet put aside their wishes to pursue new and perhaps lucrative Customs deals with countries outside the Commonwealth. The country and your constituents need you to stand with the Prime Minister.
Those who wish to make Customs Unions with the USA should talk to Tesco. They had their fingers severely burnt after diving into the American market. Fiercely, maybe half of the USA think the UK is in Europe and only as part of a tour. Read not interested.
I don’t care whether there are splits within the Conservative Party. They don’t matter. Food does. You have to keep happy every person who contributes to our GDP, from steel* to utilities to every person in a strained NHS, who turns up to work day in day out.
- Don’t get me started on a ridiculous attempt at the US choosing to be introverted. Their problem is that they cannot manufacture the type of steel that we sell to them. £300 million odd? When we had an Empire, we sent our citizens to teach people in other countries how to trade with us. We could offer the same to the US? Outrageous? So is chlorinated chicken.
It is very tempting when travelling abroad to praise your ultimate destination a little too much, especially when your speeches are honoured, rather than criticised at every turn, as at home.
Our diplomats from the Foreign Office etc., are with Mrs May in Japan this week, to advise on different customs and beliefs. It is a brave leader who listens to experienced advisors and accepts that every statement could be ambushed by the less well-meaning.
Mrs May was invited to a Tea Ceremony, a high honour. She was probably smiling and polite throughout, but that is not what the media chose to portray.
Yet we have other allies in Asia, notably China, who sends hundreds of pre-paying students to our blue-chip universities every year. On graduation, they are much more fluent in English than at the start and go on to prodigiously contribute to our national economy.
I may well be missing something here, but I do not understand why Japan should be involved in Brexit. The only thing that springs to mind is that Japan has freedom of the Customs Union when dealing with the EU. We would do well to copy them, imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.