Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Politicians and OCD, by JD

Like I said, they are all insane because they haven't the faintest idea what they are doing. It is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; there is a fixed, immovable idea in their heads and they are blinkered by it. Closed minds.

But, interesting developments yesterday (18th March):

First the Speaker put the brakes on Theresa May's 'mini' juggernaut. The papers did not explain it but ITV news did; Bercow was quoting 'Erskine May' which is the 'bible' of parliamentary procedure. I doubt if he enjoyed having to do that because he is a 'remainer'  but he is duty bound to follow the rules.

Then I followed a link from The Slog to Robin Tilbrook's page - https://robintilbrook.blogspot.com/2019/03/lawyer-starts-case-to-block-extension.html
He has written to the Government solicitor to say he will take legal action against any extension of article 50, which will delay Brexit on 29th March.

This is the main legal point -

" 6.    The Issues:-

Following the Judgments of the High Court, of the Court of Appeal and of the Supreme Court in R (on the application of Miller and another) – v – Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC5 and the consequent enactment of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017, there is no remaining discretionary prerogative power vested in Her Majesty’s Government to agree any extension to the Article 50 Notice, or to Revoke the said Notice without a further express Act of Parliament to authorise such Extension or Revocation.

Accordingly any purported Extension or Revocation is void and of no effect."

He is using Gina Miller's successful challenge on Brexit as a precedent.

That made me smile; I recall a blog post by Tom Paine at https://www.thelastditch.org/ (sorry can't find it at the moment) He wrote, when she won that injunction, saying she was correct because the PM would otherwise have agreed her deal via a 'statutory instrument' which she was entitled to do under the terms of the 1972 Act which took us into the EU.

Miller has accidentally done us all a favour; she wants to remain part of the EU but the effect has been to allow Parliament to frustrate the PM's plans and delay and delay to the point where we will leave on the 29th without any deal. The EU will be the losers and they know it which is why they are so desperate for May's deal.

All we need now is Graham Chapman to intervene, Monty Python style, saying "Stop! This is all getting very silly!"

If I am reading this correctly we are leaving on the 29th because that is the legal position and we leave with a clean break; not crashing out as 'project fear' keeps saying but a clean break.

I have lost this link but I also read somewhere recently that German banks are owed one trillion Euros which means they are in serious trouble. I can't verify that but it would not surprise me, target2 and all that.

I am enjoying this because, as you know, the EU's financial stability is worse than anybody realises. http://theylaughedatnoah.blogspot.com/2019/02/supercrash-euro-is-organized-madness.html

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