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Kinda, but also not really at all. In fairness to May, she was handed a poisoned chalice by Davies, Gove, Farage and Johnson, and she's being held to ransom by Davies, Rees-Mogg, Gove and Johnson. She has been given an impossible task.

In my opinion, she's just dithering until we crash out with no deal, then she can put her hands up, make a face and say "well, I tried. Not my fault". That said, she knew what she was getting into when she took the reins from the Pig-Fucker and in any other circumstances, the PM would have resigned after being defeated by 230 votes. So maybe she just wants to cling on to power for the sake of it.

What little power a government who can't pass legislation possesses, that is.

Boris Johnson, or Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson to give him his full name, is, IMO, our most Trump-ish politician, in that he's a cartoonish figure from a privileged background who pretends to be in it for the common man while rigging the game in favour of his mates' business interests. He also has a habit of saying deeply, deeply, objectionable things and most people can't actually imagine him being in power. 

At one point, Boris Johnson was nothing more than a public joke, so there's that too. 

They're all British though, obviously, so they're much higher-class than Trump, who is little more than a gutter-thug, and so they're able to use pretty, soothing words to hide the fact they're shafting you.

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In other news, I had a dream last night in which John Major became PM again. I guess that's a nightmare, actually.

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In today's Brexit news, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, says that the E.U., which has been saying it won't budge on 'red-lines' for the last two years, will budge on red-lines to help get a deal through Parliament. 

Meanwhile Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the House of Commons, says that Brexit should be delayed "by two weeks" in order to get a deal through Parliament. Both the E.U. and the government immediately shot this down, but apparently she hasn't heard or doesn't care.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-46999458

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The E.U. has never been popular in Britain, mostly because we by and large consider ourselves separate from and better than Europe and still have not come to terms with the loss of empire and according loss of global prestige and power.

The Leave contingent didn't need much pushing to vote Leave, just because. Throw in blatant xenophobia about Eastern/Central European migrant workers, blatant racism about Turkey joining the E.U. and blatant lies about how much E.U. membership costs us and you get this result.

Meanwhile, May spent two years negotiating with hardliners in her party rather than with the E.U. and then acted surprised when the demands the E.U. had always said they would flatly reject were flatly rejected.

 

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The government will support a backbench amendment to the Brexit deal that calls for the planned Irish backstop to be replaced by "alternative arrangements".

Tory MPs will be told to vote for Sir Graham Brady's proposal when the Commons votes on a series of amendments to Theresa May's plan on Tuesday.

The government will also order its MPs to vote against a move which could delay Brexit by up to nine months.

But Commons Speaker John Bercow will decide which amendments get voted on.

Senior EU representatives have repeatedly ruled out re-opening negotiations with the UK over Brexit, and insisted the backstop - the insurance policy against a return of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland - must be included in any deal.

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Mrs May addressed a meeting of her backbench MPs on Monday night and numerous sources told the BBC's political correspondent Iain Watson that she would be backing what is known as the "Brady amendment" - a measure put forward by Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbench 1922 committee of Conservative MPs.

Sir Graham wants to see the Irish backstop replaced by what he calls "alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border", but would otherwise support the prime minister's deal.

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But Eurosceptic Tories have already said they will not back the amendment.

The European Research Group, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, said they want the government to table its own amendment that would commit to reopening the withdrawal agreement - the part of Mrs May's deal that lays out how the UK will leave the EU - to remove the backstop.

They are meeting on Monday night to discuss their position further after hearing from Mrs May.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47034701

Brexiteer Fantasy Hour continues.

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A no-deal Brexit threatens the UK's food security and will lead to higher prices and empty shelves in the short-term, retailers are warning.

Sainsbury's, Asda and McDonald's are among those warning stockpiling fresh food is impossible and that the UK is very reliant on the EU for produce.

The warning comes in a letter from the British Retail Consortium and is signed by several of the major food retailers.

It comes ahead of crucial votes in Parliament on Tuesday.

Retailers have told me that they fear shelves would be left empty if there were significant disruptions to supplies.

The letter from the retailers, and seen by the BBC, says there will be "significant risks" to maintaining the choice, quality and shelf life of food.

"We are extremely concerned that our customers will be among the first to experience the realities of a no deal Brexit," the letter says.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47028748

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So Rees-Mogg and his merry band of cunts did end up supporting the Brady amendment, which was carried 317 - 301.

May says she has a stronger hand now to re-open the Withdrawal Agreement. The E.U. says no she doesn't and it's not open for negotiation. As they have been doing for two fucking years.

Ze plane! Ze plane!

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