Aside from being appalled by the sight of pro-EU, internationalist Scots attacking a German EU Citizen’s rights campaigner (who’s an SNP member) over the last 24hrs, I think the idea stopping Brexit for the UK would make Scottish independence harder to achieve is incorrect. 1/
UKGov’s appalling treatment of Scotland, ScotGov and the Scottish Parliament so far has made the case for Indy starkly. 2/
It’s also shown that the objections many mooted in 2014 to iScotland joining the EU are far less serious that they were made out to be. The EU recognises Scotland is a pro-EU nation being dragged out of the EU against its will. 3/
1. The types of Brexit available are a damaging deal or a catastrophic no deal.
2. Either will damage people’s lives in every part of every nation of the UK.
3. An inability to work across party or other political lines to stop brexit would guarantee it will happen.
Pro-Brexiters will unite. Lexiters don’t care that they’re on the same side as UKIP and xenophobic dog-whistlers, and the Tory right love it as they’ll say what they can’t, chuckling as they tut publicly (lots won’t even make a show of tutting now).
And none of them give a shit for people’s lives, wherever or whoever they are. Brexit in any hard form at any cost is all that matters.
Currently watching my first episode of In the Night Garden with mini-Moog. It is truly scarily freaky, and the toddler is looking at me with a “what the hell is this mental nonsense?” look on his face.
Of this was aimed at adults, it would be banned instantly for trippiness.
He’s finally asked for it to be turned off. Seems happier with Channel 4 news.
I found that a very unsettling experience, and I’ve been to Belarus.
It’s like Derek Jarman, Nick Cave, captain Beefheart, William Burroughs and the B-52s collaborated to make a children’s programme.
Firstly, diplomats chat, gossip, and exchange views in cafes. In fact, the reason they go to cafes is to do this outside of an official setting. The views expressed, where they are not official govt policy, will be personal views and analysis of the situation. 2/
These informal contacts are really important. They keep the cogs of diplomacy turning, building relationships, trust and goodwill. Such meetings are private, often unreported or partially reported. I'd imagine both diplos are horrified they were overheard. 3/
There’s a very simple way to avoid the utterly appalling and denigrating effects and equally undignified and costly contingency plans for a no deal Brexit.
UKGov can take it off the table. Exclude it as a possibility, or at least as an option. Now. Today. 1/
No Deal is not an ‘option’ for Brexit. It is a total false equivalence to put it on an equal footing with an FTA, or an EEA+ type agreement, or with Remaining. 2/
We can have a discussion about the pros and cons of each of those. I think one (remain) is the best option, but the others might at least be viable without having to resort to stockpiling medicines, blood and food. 3/
I’ll be playing with The Grievous Angels at Cafe Bizon in Brussels tonight from 21:30 for our annual no-rehearsal reunion gig. Expect booze, blues, rock and people who’ve forgotten how the middle bit of that song goes. cafebizon.com
Seriously, this has had less preparation than an article 50 notification.
A shame to see pro-Brexit, anti-EEA/CU @OpenEurope not only masquerading as a neutral think-tank, but continuing to hawk a plan that neither works or has any hope of being accepted by EU27. Putting it in the @guardian doesn't fool anyone folks!
They claim that business and JIT concerns have to be listened to, but then are vehemently against a Customs Union, claiming that an already-rejected tech solution will work with a bit of voluntary tariff alignment. Business doesn't agree, and sees the need for a CU.
They also pursue the already-rejected cherry-picking of freedom of movement of goods without FoM of workers. Again, this has already been rejected by EU27, and ignores the necessity of SM membership for services that, again, business considers necessary.
The seeding of the blame myth - that Brexit would have been fine if the pesky EU had been reasonable - might play well to certain groups at home, but if it’s infecting the negotiations themselves, they’re in deep trouble 2/
And worse, UKGov really seems to believe its own myths. Having dismissed firm EU27 positions as mere opening positions, and then had to capitulate to almost all of them (cf Financial settlement, December agreement etc.), it’s an extremely naive postition to continue taking 3/