Springtime in Paris Germany London
So Brexit …
She wandered lonely as a cloud
Over the red carpet and where she would usually be met by Angela Merkel there was only some bloke.
Theresa May is in Germany and France today to drum up support for her extension request before the EU make their decision tomorrow.
Last night saw the Cooper Letwin amendment pass into law so it’s now the legal responsibility for the government to seek an extension to Article 50 in the event of us leaving with no deal.
Important note – this does not stop us leaving with no deal. If the EU cannot agree the extension then we are out on Friday with no deal. Labour abstained on the only motion to prevent that happening completely when they failed to support Joanna Cherry’s motion to revoke article 50 if we get to 48 hours before the deadline without a deal. Today they are talking about revoke as an option. Why would they do that?
Well, there is something called the Bain Principle. It’s called that cos it was William Bain who confirmed it existed. This means that Labour will not support SNP amendments, motions or policies. Even when it’s the right thing to do. We see it time and again and here it is in all its glory.
So, despite the Cooper/ Letwin amendment we are still at risk of no deal Brexit.
Labour meanwhile are chatting again to the Tories to try to find a compromise and Andrea Leadsom said that the EU are likely to reopen the negotiations into the withdrawal agreement. Mark Francois says he should get another vote but doesn’t think we should get another vote. ERG member Jacob Rees Mogg says that if Britain is forced into staying in the EU and taking part in electing members to this (unelected remember we were told) parliament then Britain will refuse to support key EU projects, will vote down the budget and veto closer military cooperation. All the things they told us that Britain was powerless to do in the run up to the referendum.
Penny Dropping anyone?
Meanwhile in Scotland we have a Government who are supporting EU nationals to stay here and feel welcome. I know I know, I mention this issue a lot. That’s because it is fundamentally important to me.
If you don’t understand why then I suggest you watch last nights Despatches programme and listen to the abuse that EU and other residents of the UK have faced since the EU referendum.
Our friends, families, husbands, wives who moved here from elsewhere are facing a hostile environment as a result of the vote to leave.
Scotland is working hard to mitigate that, like we do with Welfare Reform, environmental issues like fracking, reductions in the block grant and the increases in tax relief for the rich in the rest of the UK.
Scotland wants the best for all the people of Scotland regardless of where they started out.
Compare that to May’s Tories and Corbyn’s Labour Brexit policies and think about it.