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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    Johnson went even further when he criticised somebody who once wrote that "wind turbines wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding comment". Except that person was Boris Johnson.
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    BMurphy I'm afraid you are not at all up to speed on what the leave campaign publicly stated right before the referendum. Farage famously stated that a 52/48 (remain) result would mean the issue was not over by a long way. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.   Do you personally dislike the EU?
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    The President of the Commission is chosen by the Council (the heads of government of the member states themselves). The President then chooses his commissioners but they must be approved by the MEPs who are voted for by the people (using different mechanisms based on each states voting rules. The EU does not impose any particular method on the member states). The EU is a lot more democratic than a lot of people think.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    UK not in the top tier. Ouch:
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    You wouldn't be rerunning the same referendum. You'd be running a referendum with the actual choices on offer, including leaving with no deal (I think this MUST be on the ballot in fact). Mogg himself proposed a second referendum once the negotiations had been concluded!
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Well said Keefy. The tide can be turned on this populist cancer as Austria's election on Sunday showed. 
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    BMurphy Ireland is not run by referendum. We have a written constitution that requires the electorate's consent to amend but day to day legislation is delegated to elected representatives who use their best judgement when creating law. Ireland does not have direct democracy, thank God. We hold a referendum maybe once every couple of years on average.   Fraufruit has already corrected you on your incorrect assumption that POTUS is directly elected by the people.
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    The commissioners are not elected by the people in the same way the POTUS is not elected by the people. The people vote for other people to choose these people on their behalf. The British PM is also not chosen by the people. Merkel was not voted for by the people to be chancellor either. It's really common and common sense. Perfect? No. Better than running a country by referendum? Absolutely!
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    englandsnorthwest will be a long time waiting for funding from the Tories post Brexit. Turkeys do vote for xmas.
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    I think now that we have an actual set of options for the people to vote on it's entirely appropriate to have the following on the ballot paper: 1) Leave with no deal on date x 2) Agree to current WA 3) Revoke A50 and remain in the EU   Use the single transferable vote (choose the options in the order of your preference) and you get a very fair result where the option "most people can live with" is what wins. It's how every Irish presidential election is decided.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    Brexit has already killed people. Reduced funding for the NHS due to contraction of the economy and hundreds of millions spent on Brexit itself.
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    Exactly keleth. Not every billionaire has shorted the pound but those who have and have funded Johnson thus far expect their payout. That's the sinister part. Balticus knows this too.
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    No no now Alex it's the will of the people not a bunch of oligarchs who stand to make a killing.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    David Allen Green says that's a non-starter.
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    No mini deals says Barnier.
  16. Brexit: The fallout

    Given the UK government's attitude to its own Supreme Court it hammers home how right the Irish diplomatic corps were to move swiftly on the GFA/border issue to get it elevated to one of the 3 core issues that the UK must solve (either now or after Brexit but at the latest before the EU will entertain a trade deal with the UK).   This Tory government is the slipperiest in UK history I suspect.
  17. Brexit: The fallout

    Attempting to spread propaganda through schools is sinister in the extreme. It's how an entire (almost) generation of Germans were conditioned into believing some humans were sub human and we know how that ended.
  18. Brexit: The fallout

    He's a fcuking windbag that Cox.
  19. Brexit: The fallout

    Germany won't be stripping citizenship from anyone, given the history. They might not like granting dual citizenship but they will stay well clear of stripping it from tens of thousands of people, just because.
  20. Brexit: The fallout

    You don't know me at all. You've reduced or attempted to reduce my nuanced answer down to your populist binary black/white yes/no bullshit. Things are rarely as simple as they seem.   When the AfD are in charge and frog marching you through the departures lounge remember you were warned.
  21. Brexit: The fallout

    I think you can give it but you can't take it pal. Prior to Brexit I couldn't have given a fiddler's curse whether NI stayed in the UK or if there was a united Ireland. Now it's even more complicated as the UK is behaving like a small child and maybe Ireland would be better off if there was a UI. But simple it is not and I guarantee you Ireland will have a long public discussion about it before we hold a referendum on the matter as we always do.
  22. Brexit: The fallout

    Fuck you delbert. I voted in favour of the GFA (far more important referendum than fucking Brexit). That means I accept NI's constitutional position within the United Kingdom for as long as the people of Northern Ireland wish it.    I abhor any attempts to undermine the GFA be they by the criminal new IRA or by the current British government!   I stand by my comments that populism is a rocky road to ruin and always has been. Remember you're just an immigrant here like most of us. The AfD and their followers would love nothing more than to see the back of you.
  23. Brexit: The fallout

    The new IRA are terrorists. They don't stand for election.
  24. Brexit: The fallout

    Populism always has a simple but usually wrong answer to all our problems. The AfD are racist Nazis and anyone who votes for them deserves nothing but scorn. If more scorn had been poured on NSDAP voters in the early 30s tens of millions of lives would have been saved.
  25. Brexit: The fallout

    Probably diesel cars or something.