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9-15feb 1
It's your #Bonkersbrexit weekly roundup of just how much #Brexitnotdone we've had over the past week.

And wow what a week it was. Crazy actually.

I'm beginning to wonder if it's not us they're trying to convince but themselves...

9-15feb 2
First, we had the endlessly entertaining Barry from Basildon. Who (un)fortunately is a parody

Then like a gift from #Brexit Gods, we got the very real (confirmed by Indy) clueless Colin reinforcing all stereotypes

9-15feb 3
Then we had Dr Sune's informative ad-lib history of populism, with a detailed description of the Danish Brexit and how they had managed to step back from the breach away from their Siren's call.

Sadly we looked painfully naive in comparison.
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@DPJHodges Just read your piece.

Difficult to cut thru all YOUR hate, scorn & vitriol, but I discern the kernel of an idea — that people want to be respected & *feel* Remainers don't.

That's actually a fair point, but don't you think you'd convey it better if you didn't hate-coat it?
@DPJHodges Is it actually *true* Remainers don't respect Leavers, or is it just folk like you putting that narrative out there?

a) you prime your readers' reaction by starting with the word *bitter* & using a string of pejoratives (As BITTER REMOANERS RANT... FRUITCAKES & LOONIES)

@DPJHodges Was Campbell being "bitter" when he mocked a 50p coin? Or was he merely thinking, like millions of us, that the inscription felt rather at odds with "17 million F*** Offs" proponents of the #Brexit ideology pride themselves on giving to the EU?

Was that just you editorialising?
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In this excellent #LSE article a last look at #Projectfear before #GE2019

No projections because we can now look backwards. Short summary 👇 credit to LSE.

1️⃣ You're individually £2868 worse off just due to the #Brexit created sterling crash X number of family members
2️⃣ + £1700 per household worse from slow GDP growth, if you don't think you are it's because you're relatively affluent and haven't felt⏬

3️⃣ #Brexflation adds 2.9% to cost of total food and clothes, or £870 a year a household. Far more than any VAT changes could negate
4️⃣ Brexiters told you a cheaper £ helps exports.
No one is really independent in an interconnected world, component import cost has wiped out any #Brexit export gain.

Children in the 1970s knew printing money wasn't a solution. Yet tories sold it to 42% of us again
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November 1st, and we’re still in the #EU thanks entirely to the @Conservatives (Brexit means #Brexit, Deal or No Deal, Do or Die, No Ifs No Buts, blah blah) who have been in power every day since the referendum. They could have taken us out at any time, but they chose not to.
@Conservatives The #Tories brazenly reneged on the core promise of their last manifesto, and they’ve got the nerve to behave as if it’s not their fault. It is entirely their fault that the UK is still in the #EU after more than three years. It was entirely in their hands after the referendum.
@Conservatives The #Tories had a majority and they squandered it. They refused to remove a leader who had no intention of delivering independence until she became such an embarrassment they had to. #Johnson took up where she left off. His #FakeBrexit is her sell-out deal with a lick of paint.
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#OpportunityCost is the aggregate net cost of doing something, vis a vis 'not doing it' at all.

The initial project, option & prospect of #Brexit came with huge opportunity costs, which were too easily pre-discounted as #ProjectFear. 1/
The initial #Leave case, dramatised by the #BorisBus, contended that UK could save its £350m pw #EU 'gross membership contribution' and pass that 'saving' straight to the #NHS - as 'additional funding'. 2/
The #Leave case focused on saving UK's #EU gross membership cost in favour of #NHS.

It ignored regular #EU annual contributions back into a multiplicity of UK projects, which would obviously be stopped, if we ceased membership.
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"Even if only 1/10 predictions happen you can't call it project fear.

When it's the secret assessment of the guys who invented project fear"
That point in the movie when the kind old lady who's been saying,"it'll be ok dear" turns out to have skinned the hero's wife and is creeping up behind him with a knife dropping in blood".

Maybe time to talk?

The thing they fear, often a ghost, appears behind them, but at first the characters ignore the audience's warnings of danger. The characters soon circle the bench, followed by the ghost, as the audience cries "It's behind you!"

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.@ByDonkeys might this be of interest?

Remember this piece of Leave propaganda from 2016?

Three years on, I thought it was a good time to see how their *claims* panned out, so I've tracked down the photos they used and made memes.

TL;dr — Leave was the real #projectfear!
2016 Leave claim: if you vote Remain we'll have no Parliament, no democratic voice

2019 Parliament is fighting for its sovereignty vs a dictatorial unelected govt intent on smashing our constitution & installing an Orwellian regime to inflict a no-mandate-#NoDealBrexit on us.
2016 Leave claim: if you vote Remain, it'll lead to UK break-up.

2019: #Brexit threatens UK union. 60% of Tory Party members wld rather the UK split than cancel Brexit.

Any sensible govt wld now stop this destructive project & help citizens get a grip on reality. Not this govt!
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Today is possibly .@theresa_may's last day as PM, if .@BorisJohnson can command a majority (which is in some doubt...)

So it's a great opportunity to look back at some of the *highlights* of Mrs May's premiership in memes👇
13 JUL 2016: May was appointed as PM and named her Cabinet shortly thereafter, surprising many by giving 3 of the top #Brexit-related jobs to arch-brexiters Boris Johnson, David Davis & Liam Fox. Sheer folly, or genius in making them own what they'd sold? Sadly, the former😢
5 OCT 2016: With such a narrow result, the country could be forgiven for expecting May to propose a consensual solution, as Norway PM Erna Solberg had done in a similar situation. Most Remainers would've accepted #Norway.

May's #CitizensOfNowhere speech crushed all hope.
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Beware the latest dire warnings about the impact of #Brexit on the #tech sector. Main fear seems to be the impact on skilled #migration from the EU, but this would be entirely in the UK government’s hands to manage. Tech is also one of the most global of industries... (1/4)
The UK’s advantages as a location for #tech investment are also largely #Brexit-proof or might actually be strengthened by leaving (e.g. chance to escape some of the crazier regulations). Loss of EU official funding is a red herring too, since the UK is a net contributor... (2/4)
There is some evidence that #Brexit uncertainty is holding back private #investment in the #tech sector – as it is in the economy as a whole. But the UK still tops the league tables and any pause is likely to be temporary. See this from KPMG... (3/4)…
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Nearly three years on from loss in #Brexit referendum, you might have thought that @hmtreasury would have learned the futility of the #ProjectFear tactic. Apparently not, judging from Chancellor Phil Hammond in @FT this morning…
A big scary number - in the case, a trillion-pound claimed pricetag for UK #netzero - leaked to media without any calculations given and with no context. Credibility zero, as everyone knows economic model outputs are only as good as the assumptions and inputs... so what are they?
Break the figure down - and assuming that the figure is expressed in constant 2019 numbers, but who knows? - that's about £30bn per year. Which doesn't sound quite so scary even if it's correct, with UK GDP around £2.5 trillion per year
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I am proud to present the updated ladybird story of #Brexit the story of a heroic national triumph
It is true that some are bored Shitless of #Brexit but contrary to the claims of remoaners this boredom will disappear and there will be renewed enthusiasm once people realise that this is just the end of the beginning there is 10yrs of 10x more intense #Brexit to come
Some say #Brexit deferred is brexit cancelled but this would be surrender to naysayers. @DominicRaab famed brexiter plans to celebrate #Brexit day by jumping off a high building with wings to disprove so called experts who claim this will not allow him to fly to a soarway future
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@theresa_may It's clear this is a BREXIT-BETRAYAL
History will not be kind to those MP's who think this BETRAYAL is better than #NoDeal
Remaining part of the EU is not a solution. You have to fight an election. #NODEAL - WALK AWAY
@theresa_may There is a difference between compromise and surrender.
History will not be kind to those MP's who think this BETRAYAL is better than #NoDEAL
Remaining part of the EU, Staying in customs union, closely aligned to a single market is not leaving the EU.
@theresa_may A 2nd Vote means democracy is broken. Anyone claiming the legitimacy of the 1st vote was not valid, is setting president that any referendum result can be ignored if you dont like the result. It makes a mockery of referendums and a mockery of democracy.
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A constant refrain from my fellow remainers is name be a #Brexit benefit many devote immense energy writing detailed explanations of trade tarrifs or how the EU works. I am grateful to them as I have learned a lot from them yet we all wonder why it makes so little difference
It seems to me that a better question to leavers is what are you getting out of #Brexit why do you support it in the face of so much evidence that its a terrible idea and I would like to suggest the answer lies in the realms of feeling
We have all seen that #Brexit licenses all kinds of opinions that 1l0 years ago would have been unacceptable but more than that it licences BEHAVIOURS that usually are unacceptable and thus gives many adherents a immense pleasure
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If #Brexit has a constitutional doctrine then it is the sovereignty of the whim a Brexiters want what they want with no understanding of the consequences or feasiblity just like toddlers
In the immediate aftermath of the referendum a petition to demand a rerun received 4 million signatures it turned out it was a leaver who put the petition up as he thought leave would lose. He protested it wasn't supposed to be used by remainers
All Leavers are fond of saying you can't have a rerun just cos you don't like the result. Yet nigel Farage Dominic Raab and John Redwood all made clear they'd demand a 2nd ref in the event of a remain win sauce for the goose isn't sauce for the gander evidently
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What the referendum has shown me – thread, please add your own tweets to it: 1/11
The referendum has shown me that none of the three major UK parties and very few of our politicians, especially on the #Left either care about or even understand what the real definition of democracy actually is & why we voted to leave the #Left also hates the working class. 2/11
The referendum has shown me Parliament has for too long been allowed to ignore the wishes of the British people and more importantly without any real consequences to them, from expenses to lying under oath there has been one rule for us and a different one for them. 3/11
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A list of what will actually happen if we stay in the EU, and what has already been agreed. Check it out if you wish: Thread
1: The UK along with all existing members of the EU lose their abstention veto in 2020 as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty when the system changes to that of majority acceptance with no abstentions or veto’s being allowed.
2: All member nations will become states of the new federal nation of the EU by 2022 as clearly laid out in the Lisbon treaty with no exceptions or vetoes.
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Contrary to popular belief Brexiter no deal #Brexit planning has been in full swing for 2 years as I shall explain in this thread
1/ dismiss the very possiblity of no deal #Brexit as #ProjectFear and assure voters of a much better cake and eat it deal during campaign
2/on winning referendum experience gradual realisation that any #Brexit deal is not only certain to be inferior to EU membership but stratosphercally inferior to the promises made most of which you can't remember
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Why the Remain side cannot be trusted with a second referendum:
- They propose two leave options and one remain option to split the vote
- They demand a disproportionate margin of victory
- They demand 16-17 year olds get the vote
- They demand foreign nationals get the vote
- They have even demanded the choice be between May's (BRINO) terms and No Brexit (so no real Brexit on the ballot)
- They demand particular voters be omitted from process. (60+ yr olds*)
- Votes will have been stacked in 2.5 years since Brexit with concerted propaganda campaign
- A large number of Remainers who advocate a so-called "People's Vote" already let it be known they wouldn't accept a Leave vote even in a second referendum
- What would a second referendum say to parliamentarians who just want to disregard the will of people when it suits them?
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It's a fevered time there are all kinds of rumours about what maybot will do given no one wants her #Brexit deal however desperately she tries to get support she does not look like getting it
I've heard rumours she will resubmit her crappy deal to parliament so apparently it is OK to get mps to vote twice if you get the wrong answer
I've heard maybot is thinking of postponing the vote but to do what exactly drag the whole mess put for longer when the country wants an end to this
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"Bank warns no-deal could see UK sink into recession"

"UK economy could shrink by 8% in the immediate aftermath"

In case you wondered the 2008/09 world wide crash was ONLY -2% and it was very bad

Now imagine -8%

and cue the

Russian/US Bots and trolls

Rich MP's scared of paying taxes

Right wing media, who's scared of paying taxes

shouting #ProjectFear as brexit dissolves before their very eyes.
The prime reason for brexit is

The new 2019 EU Anti-tax evasions laws

These laws are the reason for Brexit

It will make the tax dodgers pay their taxes

The Brexitquitters are desperate for a no deal brexit

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OK so let's see where we are with #Brexit 1/ the government is clearly scared Shitless by no deal as this story in the daily mail proves…
Thus no deal is not really an option cis however brexiters might dismiss it as #ProjectFear or scream betrayal the government is far more afraid of no deal chaos
Theresa Mays #Brexit deal is shit and both leavers remainers hate it. This is not Mays fault as any deal would always be inferior to EU membership
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It's always someone else's fault with #Brexit it's the EU or it's Theresa May or it's remainers it's never ever the fucking fault of those who obsessed 4 brexit 4 20yrs & didn't fucking realise Dover/calais trade is important Well you fucking won it you own it u brexhadi tossers
Don't you just love how brexhadis are often rightwing tories who love preaching personal responsibility to the poor & disabled but when it comes to themselves & their shit pile #Brexit dream everything is always everyone else fault & they run a mile from responsibility arseholes
And oh how apparently if #Brexit is stopped it will be a terrible betrayal but the fact that all the promises they made haven't got a hope in hell of being realised won't be a betrayal at all wankers
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Confirming yet again my argument from 3 weeks ago that the one of the two core influencers of May's Soft-Remain BRINO-Deal was & still is her naive susceptibility to the lobbying of the pro-Remain side of CBI-epitomised crony-corporatist Big-Business.
As I've stated before, arch-Remainer Clark has been May's behind-the-arras fixer of pro-Remain crony-corporatist Big-Business' participation in Hammond/Treasury's #ProjectFear MK II about No-Deal, by reassuring them UK wld stay in CU come what may.…
Remember, @BrexitStewart, only last month at @ConHome, revealed Clark still refusing to divulge details of alleged assurances to Nissan that UK *would* stay in CU, whatever was being said publicly, & that the Irish backstop "wheeze" would achieve that.
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I have read some #projectfear #fakenews about Brexit in my time but this one has immediately entered the Top 5, as I shall explain:

BBC News - UK 'will pay the price' of no-deal Brexit…
From the report itself, and I don't have any issues with this at all as a statement of principle:
Or this:
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