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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

The German leader reportedly called the possibility of the EU agreeing to Boris Johnson's Brexit deal "overwhelmingly unlikely." The European Council president, meanwhile, has accused the UK PM of playing a "blame game."

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Merkel can pound sand. The UK is a sovereign nation that can do anything it wants without approval by the eurocrats.

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-10-08 11:35 AM | Reply

@#1 ... The UK is a sovereign nation that can do anything it wants without approval by the eurocrats. ...

Yes and no.

The UK does have an obligation to abide by the agreements that it, as a sovereign nation, has made with the EU.

On the other hand, the EU is not saying that the UK cannot leave, just that a breakout with a deal is better than a breakout without a deal. The UK can crash out of the EU on October 31st if it wants that resolution to the issue.

The EU has been most accommodating of the UK's internal political paralysis over the past couple of years. The EU finally became tired of negotiating a deal and then having the UK reject the deal. The EU eventually told the UK to decide on a deal internally, then came back and talk.

Apparently, the UK is still having difficulty determining just what "Brexit" means.


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-08 11:49 AM | Reply

You can check in, but you can never leave.

#3 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-10-08 03:43 PM | Reply

Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer's out of reach

#4 | Posted by LesWit at 2019-10-08 04:04 PM | Reply

#1 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Well that was an extremely ignorant statement. Must be from a conservative.

The UK, and Ireland, became a part of the EU in 1993 when it was formed. The Good Friday Agreement (to resolve troubles between UK and Ireland) was signed in 1999. So, it was signed under the assumption that the two countries would remain in the EU.

Now, the UK is trying to leave the EU. The biggest point of contention is the Good Friday Agreement (and the "Irish Backstop"). Basically the Good Friday Agreement is incongruent with both the UK and Ireland not being in the same customs/immigration union.

If the UK wants to leave the EU, it really needs to trash the Good Friday Agreement and re-negotiate it into something that accommodates the changes that will occur due to the UK leaving the EU. But neither the UK or Ireland wants to re-negotiate the Good Friday Agreement.

This is not the EU being intractable. This is the UK coming to the realization that the actual reality of leaving the EU affects a lot of other things that they did not realize. And instead of confronting them head on they are just whining about it and making excuses, as conservatives usually do.

If they had the political will, they could accomplish it. But Johnson has come out and said that he would honor the Good Friday Agreement, which basically means that actual Brexit can't happen.

#5 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-10-08 04:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

You righties are hilarious - the UK sure can do whatever they want, except land planes in Europe, send trucks into and out of the UK without the proper paperwork, import/export goods without the proper trade deals in place, move freely about without a visa and proper paperwork and they will have no say in EU political and financial activities as a non-member.

But other than that, what could possibly go wrong?

#6 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-10-08 05:02 PM | Reply

"Apparently, the UK is still having difficulty determining just what "Brexit" means."

It was never more than a slogan with a general idea underpinning. Like MAGA. The beauty of not defining it is that it means something different to everybody so it's much easier to defend against critics. Good enough to tilt an election but another matter entirely when it comes to execution.

#7 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-10-08 05:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"You can check in, but you can never leave."

We haven't had that spirit here since 1951.
European Coal and Steel Community
en.wikipedia.org
This is what Russia wants gone: A half century of economic cooperation and progress for the UK and Continental Europe.

For reasons I can't understand, Trumpers want it gone too.
Mable they think it will help America, when our strongest allies and trading partners take a massive economic hit.
Or maybe you can explain why you want Brexit, Visitor_.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-08 05:21 PM | Reply

The EU is a Europe dominated by Germany. The character of the German people hasn't changed since 1939.

#9 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-10-08 05:45 PM | Reply

--You can check in, but you can never leave.

Try leaving the Mafia. Merkel is the Barzini of the Eurocrat crime family and Macron the Philip Tattaglia.

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-10-08 05:55 PM | Reply

"Merkel can pound sand. The UK is a sovereign nation that can do anything it wants without approval by the eurocrats.
#1 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN"

That is a bizarre misunderstanding of what is happening here. Merkel is saying that the deal Boris is proposing to the EU is unlikely to be accepted. In other words, the EU is a sovereign group of nations that can do whatever its members want to, and lunatic Boris Johnson can't force them to do otherwise.

#11 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2019-10-08 06:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The character of the German people hasn't changed since 1939."

So you're saying purifying their race worked out for them...

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-10-08 06:38 PM | Reply

I prefer the phrase, "You can check OUT any time you like, but you can never leave." It makes more sense and is an actual lyric...but please, continue.

#13 | Posted by chuffy at 2019-10-08 08:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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