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26 Feb
@AndrewAtter @njstone9 @richbsys SchrΓΆdinger's Leaver's EU

Simultaneously & imminently imploding under the weight of its political, social & economic ambitions, while inexorably evolving into a United States of Europe Superstate.
@AndrewAtter @njstone9 @richbsys SchrΓΆdinger's Reconciliation:

Leavers, simultaneously pretending to reach out to Remainers, while indulging in an orgy of spiteful triumphalism, celebrating the imposition of their clusterfuck Brexit on an unenthusiastic UK.
@AndrewAtter @njstone9 @richbsys SchrΓΆdinger's Brexit Celebration

Simultaneously celebrating the UK's 'independence' & 'sovereignty', made possible only by legislation enacted by an independent & sovereign UK Parliament, while insisting the UK's independence & sovereignty had been lost to a "foreign power".
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2 Jan
The time to "reach out" was immediately after the Referendum, so all parties could influence the shape Brexit was to take, IF it was to be successfully implemented.

NOT:

- "You lost. Get over it"

- Confrontational Party division on a BLATANTLY cross-party issue.
- What 'Leave' in "Leave means leave" means, is for ME alone to decide & I'll make it up as I go. (T May)

- I have unilaterally decided a legally & Constitutionally NON-binding, narrow vote of principle, is in fact an "emphatic" & irreversible mandate for self-harm. (T May)
- Instead of acting responsibly to defend Parliamentary sovereignty & Judicial independence, my Government will seize the opportunity to set Leave voters vs Parliament & the rest, for political gain. (T May)

- We will take advantage of a hapless Opposition, to manipulate
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16 Dec 19
Just as they deliberately distorted democracy with the myth of the "will of the people', so Leavers sought to stifle dissent by misapplying the principle of 'loser's consent'.

Such consent only requires democratic minorities to accept defeat at the ballot box peacefully, Image
and to trust their turn will come to challenge again in due course.

It bears NO obligation whatsoever for those minorities to conform to the majority view.

No matter how heavy a defeat, it's the right & responsibility of the losing minority to scrutinise, question, and
challenge the majority at every turn, and if they can, to make the minority view, the view of a new majority.

Attacking the right to dissent, is the action of an authoritarian state.

Responding with silence, is the inaction of a compliant population.

This is why those, even on
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25 Nov 19
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A key motivation for Brexit, we're told, is a fab new Trade Agreement with Trump's America, despite Trump having already threatened, several times, to refuse to negotiate an FTA unless the UK complied with certain other unconnected US policies, on which the UK diverged.
A National Audit Office report in May 2019, warned:

"Negotiating trade deals is a new competence for government. The Department for International Trade will be relying on relatively inexperienced staff."
The White House published its key objectives in February 2019

'United States–United Kingdom negotiations, Summary of Specific Negotiating Objectives' (ustr.gov/sites/default/…)

It includes the following:

- Industrial Goods
"Secure comprehensive duty-free market access for U.S.
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15 Oct 19
Since June 2016, both the Government & Leavers have been fixated on the idea of "respecting the result", which in their eyes means leaving the EU come what may, even though Leavers themselves cannot agree how this should be achieved.

This must happen, they say, in order to
prevent "the people" from losing 'trust' in the democratic process.

But what does 'trust' mean in this context?

The Government decided the narrow mandate resulting from Ref16 effectively meant 'the end' (leaving the EU) justified whatever means it decided necessary to
make it happen, at whatever cost, even if 'the end' they delivered, bore little resemblance to the outcome voters were originally sold.

But is failing to achieve 'the end' really the reason for the loss of public trust?
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3 Sep 19
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The UK is a Representative Democracy.

However, it requires the acceptance & continuity of certain conventions to survive.

Among them is the need for both majorities/minorities to have trust in the integrity/authority of the institutions which are mandated to represent them.
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The majority needs to understand it cannot act as if minorities do not exist, and there's a responsibility to act for the common good.

In turn, it requires minorities to trust they are not being ignored or suppressed, to ensure peaceful opposition.

It also requires, as
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Edmund Burke argued, Representatives to act on the basis of their own judgement, rather than carry out the instructions of others, and for the populace to trust them to do so.

I believe we have a crisis of all of the above.

Particularly on the critical issue of trust.
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21 Aug 19
Part 2 of my look back at Vote Leave's campaign "case".

VL - The former head of Interpol, Ronald K Noble, has said that: β€œEurope’s open-border arrangement… is effectively an international passport-free zone for terrorists” like β€œhanging a sign welcoming terrorists to Europe”
False: Vote Leave's own Facebook page on 27th December 2015 confirms Noble was specifically referring to the Schengen system countries.

The UK is NOT part of Schengen.
VL - We need to take back control of our borders so we decide who can come here – and who can’t.

False: The same Ron Noble, during the same speech said:

β€œAmong the European countries that are not parties to the Schengen Agreement is the United Kingdom, which began screening
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20 Aug 19
I thought I'd take another detailed look at Vote Leave's primary EU campaign document "Why should we Vote Leave on 23 June?" to have another look at the veracity of it's claims.

Due to the size of the task, I'll do it over 2 threads.

It's actually mind boggling....Here's Part 1
VL - The EU costs us over Β£350 million a week.

False: It's long been been established this is the gross figure. The real figure is less than half.

VL - Since 1973, we have sent over half a trillion pounds to the EU.

Misleading: Again, this is the gross figure, not the cost.
VL - A quarter of a million EU migrants come here every year. A city the size of Newcastle.

Misleading: By only quoting the inward figure, it gives a completely false impression of the increase in numbers of EU immigrants.
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13 Aug 19
@DHORCHI100 @JamesMelville @WinterfellT Let's start with correcting your lies.

Our net contribution to the EU has averaged approx Β£8b since 2013.

Last year, our overall deficit with the EU was Β£31b. although why you're comparing public money to business finance is anyone's guess.

"A report last week"?

By whom?
@DHORCHI100 @JamesMelville @WinterfellT Your mum?

If we're going to do that financial comparison however, let's consider what's likely to happen should we leave the SM/CU, using the calculations of a committed Brexiter & former Special Advisor to Downing St.

Raoul Ruparel & his team:

"What we found is that, in the
@DHORCHI100 @JamesMelville @WinterfellT long run there will be a permanent cost of around 1% to 1.2% GDP per year".
(equivalent to Β£25b/year)

In other words, your clever plan may, according to your own side, cost the UK a net Β£17b+ per year.

On top of that, we'll get hit with tarrifs and have to renegotiate FTA's
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13 Feb 18
(1) No-one told us Xenophobia would be official policy?

No-one told us attacks on the independence of the judiciary, would be condoned?

No-one told us we would be branded "Traitors" for exercising our democratic right to disagree?
(2) No-one told us Β£350m per week for the NHS was a lie?

No-one told us peace in Ireland could be compromised?

No-one told us the Government was totally unprepared to assess the impact of Brexit?

No-one told us our energy supply could be threatened?
(3) No-one told us the Government would seek to assume executive powers in order to bypass the scrutiny of Parliament?

No-one told us a small majority of those that voted on the day, would be falsely represented as "The Will of the People'?
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