The Brexit Blog

The Brexit Blog
News and comment on the Brexit process, as Britain tries to leave the EU.

Friday 20 December 2019

Brexit Bill Day

Tuesday 17 December 2019

Binding The EU's Hands

Friday 6 December 2019

Brexit Party Implodes

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Friday The 13th

I bet they will!

Thursday 7 November 2019

Bercow Doesn't Approve of Brexit - Who Knew?

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Juncker's View of Labour's Brexit Policy

“Honestly spoken, I don’t think this is a realistic approach.”

Thursday 31 October 2019

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Boris Grudgingly Accepts EU Extension With Veiled Threat

Boris has grudgingly accepted the EU extension, but with a veiled threat:
"We will of course not seek to deliberately disrupt the EU's business..."

Monday 28 October 2019

No More Renegotiations...Deja Vu?

Brexit Will Go On and On and On

Friday 25 October 2019

Will They or Won't They?

Even the most slow witted citizens of this country have finally woken up to the fact that the EU has de facto control over Parliament, welcome to reality David!

Thus we are waiting for the EU to decide if they will grant us an extension and, if so, how long it will be.

Word on the street is that a decision in principle will be given today, but the length of the extension (assuming one is granted) won't be communicated until next week.

Whilst the EU makes up its mind, I offer a modest piece of advice to them. On the assumption they prefer a deal, rather than a no deal Brexit (and that is a reasonable assumption), may I point out that every time they have given us an extension of several months the idiots in Westminster have squandered that time to delay making a decision.

Thus I recommend that the EU heed Macron, and grant an extension of 2 weeks; thereby forcing Westminster to face a choice between no deal or Boris's deal.

You will be surprised at how quickly the rats in Westminster change course from jumping over the cliff edge!

Thursday 24 October 2019

Restoring Control?

Without any sense of irony whatsoever, it has come to pass that the fate of Boris's bill (pull it and call an election, or push ahead with it for a couple of weeks) rests with the EU who will ponder how long an extension to grant the UK.

- A short one, and Boris will proceed with the bill.

- A long one, and Boris will pull the bill and try to call an election.

We will not know the EU's decision until Friday (odds are they will grant a long extension to 31 January 2020).

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Boris's Deal Now In Limbo

Boris managed to obtain a respectable majority of 30 for his deal last night in Parliament (allowing it to go to committee stage). However, his timetable ("The Programme") was voted down.

What does this mean?

1 The deal is now in limbo.

2 The 31 October deadline will be missed.

3 The EU now will decide if it will grant an extension and, if so, for how long.

NB: Boris says the ball is in the EU's court, whilst the EU want to hear from the government why it needs and extension and what it will do with it.

In other news, the government is considering calling a vote of no confidence in itself in order to try to force a general election to end the paralysis.

Tuesday 22 October 2019

A Bridge Too Far?

Boris and co will attempt to push through the WAB in the next two days.

That is a very "bold" undertaking (notwithstanding the fact that parliament has spent around 500 hours debating Brexit).

Methinks it is a bridge too far!

Monday 21 October 2019

Bercow Nixes Vote On Boris's Deal

Ultra Shenanigans Alert!

After Saturday's fun and games, where the Letwin Amendment blew Boris's deal out of the water (on Saturday at any rate) and Boris sent a series of letters (one unsigned), we can expect ultra shenanigans this week.

I have to say I have absolutely no idea where this will all end up, apart from the fact that the country is being well and truly shafted by those in Parliament!

Friday 18 October 2019

The Changed Parts

Like It or Loath It, Move On!

As parliament gears up for "Super" Saturday and the vote on Boris's deal, the "ultras" on both sides of the discussion (leave without a deal, or remain) are doggedly refusing to budge and will do their best to scupper it.

For the rest of us it is clear that whether you want, to leave or to stay, the time has come to end this paralysis and anger and move on.

Play the hand you have been dealt with, not the one you want!

Thursday 17 October 2019


Juncker Confirms Deal

Boris Confirms Deal

The Deal Is Done - DUP Onboard!

Brussels Agrees Brexit Deal - Ulster Says No!

Thusfar the DUP are not signing up to the Brexit deal...things may change as the day progresses..or not!

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Barclay Spaffing With Optimism

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Barnier Says Deal Possible

Deal Still Very Possible

PM Rules Out Long Delay

A delay of a few days seems to be acceptable, and that would be perfectly reasonable.

Monday 14 October 2019

Merkel's View of The Future

A pretty fair assessment imho.

Friday 11 October 2019

Barnier Given Green Light To Enter The Tunnel

The Word of Tusk

Tusk Flip Flops

Tusk Blocks "Pathway"

The Dance Continues

Wednesday 9 October 2019

DUP Reject EU Concession


Special Sitting Saturday 19 October

Sniff of an EU Concession - Thread

Tuesday 8 October 2019

The Deal Just Died - Thread

10 Million Brexit Coins To Mark Brexit Day

The Deal Has But a Few Days Left To Live

The source quoted in the Spectator makes the following points very clear:

1 The government doesn't think that the EU will agree to Boris's deal.

2 The Benn Act has in effect destroyed the deal.

3 The Benn Act will not succeed in delaying the UK's departure.

3 On the assumption the deal fails, we leave on 31 October without a deal, or immediately after a general election without a deal.

Monday 7 October 2019

The Week of Shenanigans

Friday 4 October 2019

The Brexit Endgame

We are now entering the final few weeks of the Brexit endgame, the result of which will be known by the end of this month. Here are the possible outcomes:

1 Brexit with a deal

2 Brexit without a deal

3 Extension

4 Brexit cancelled.

Thursday 3 October 2019

Boris The Whirlwind

Boris Johnson is believed to be planning a “whirlwind tour” of EU capitals as increasing numbers of MPs indicate they will back his plan.

Will this work?

Who knows?

One thing for sure, the Benn Bill actually makes it less likely he will succeed in persuading the EU to accept his proposals....there's "irony" for you!

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Boris's Cunning Brexit Plan

Boris Johnson will reveal his cunning Brexit plan today.

In order for it to even stand a small chance of working domestically, it will have to at least look as though we have made a sensible and serious offer to the EU.

We shall see!

Tuesday 1 October 2019

Checks Somewhere - But Where?

Friday 27 September 2019

The Delusion Paradox - Thread

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Farage Throws His Toys Out of The Pram

Farage is furious that the Tories won't (quite correctly) form an election pact with him, as such he has in the last 24 hours called for Cummings to be sacked and for Boris to resign.

Petulance in the extreme!

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Labour's Brexit Appeasement Policy

Yesterday's show of hands (which may or may not have been in favour of a remain policy or not) was nodded through as a victory for "neutrality".

However, not everyone is convinced that the counting of the show of hands was "accurate" (primarily because they weren't counted) and that the position makes any sense.

To the rescue Tom Watson...or maybe not!

Monday 23 September 2019

Labour Opts For Three Pronged Approach

Friday 20 September 2019

University of Leicester Claims Leavers are Thick

The Independent claims that Britain would have likely voted to remain in the European Union were its population educated to a slightly higher level, a new study has found.

Researchers at the University of Leicester say that had just 3 per cent more of the population gone to university, the UK would probably not be leaving the EU.

The researchers looked at reasons why people voted Leave and found that whether someone had been to university or accessed other higher education was the “predominant factor” in how they voted.

I can't but help wonder if the researchers are missing the point that it is not the level of education that determined how people voted, but the personal circumstances of the voters and their perception as to how they are treated and regarded by politicians and the media.

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Corbyn's Brexit Plan IF He is PM

1 Negotiate a new deal.

2 Hold a referendum on it (ie in or out of the EU on the basis of his new deal).

3 Remain neutral during the referendum - neither supporting/nor campaigning against his own deal.

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Someone Has Jumped On Xavier From a Great Height

Luxembourg's Cunning Stunt

He who laughs last, laughs longest!

Monday 16 September 2019

Verhofstadt's Empire Building

For reasons best known to Guy Verhofstadt, he seems to think that Europe should build and empire. 

Bizarrely the Liberal Democrats think that this is a great idea!

Friday 13 September 2019


"No respect for each other, and no respect for the British people. 

Just..ff..go away!" 


Wednesday 11 September 2019

Farage Asks The Impossible

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Question For The EU

What on earth is the point of you granting the UK another extension, given that the UK Parliament has wasted the last one you granted?

Monday 9 September 2019

No Deal Would Be Failure of Statecraft

Friday 6 September 2019

Labour's Brexit Policy Explained - Spoiler Alert It's Ridiculous!

Thursday 5 September 2019

The Meaningless Extension

Parliament is clamouring for a Brexit extension.

Do they have a plan?


Do they know what they will do with the extension?


Why do they want an extension?

They don't want to make a decision on Brexit, and hope to avoid it altogether!

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Does Farage Really Want To Leave The EU?

Call me a cynic, but I sometimes wonder if Nigel Farage really wants to leave the EU?

Take these two points into consideration:

1 He does financially rather well out of being an MEP.

2 He gains in terms of publicity, being in the public eye and "status" by leading the Brexit Party.

Come the general election he will insist that Boris guarantees only a no deal Brexit (no agreement at all with the EU will be acceptable to Farage, even if it is an excellent agreement from the UK's perspective).

Given that Boris won't agree to those terms, Farage will field Brexit candidates; thus splitting the Tory vote, and allowing Corbyn in.

That, from the perspective of a person who claims to want to leave the EU, is illogical; unless that person wanted to maintain the status quo, and continue to be an MEP and run an anti EU party.

Just saying!

Tuesday 3 September 2019

The EU Bill

Tonight's drama!

Monday 2 September 2019

No More Pissing Around!


Friday 30 August 2019

Major Takes Government To Court


Get Ready!

One way or another, this septic three year boil of Brexit torpor will be lanced!

Thursday 29 August 2019

Boris Adopts Clouseau Tactics

A good chance of leaving both with and without a deal is classic Clouseau:

"I suspect everyone, and I suspect no one"

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Friday 23 August 2019


They are not authorised to do this, they have no mandate and they are deliberately undermining Boris's efforts to sort this mess out.

This will not help the country.


Thursday 22 August 2019

Wir Schaffen Das!

Merkel gave Boris some wiggle room in Berlin yesterday by giving him 30 days to find a solution to the backstop problem.

Boris has accepted the challenge, saying:
Wir schaffen das! (we can do this)

Let us see!

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Die Guten Alten Zeiten - Farewell Ceremony For German Defence Minister

German defence minister and EU president-elect Ursula von der Leyen says farewell to the Bundeswehr as she prepares to head for Brussels.

A wee piece of advice to the Germans, ditch the torchlight procession lads it's not a good look for the 21st century!

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Boris Writes To Donald

The Delicate Balance Between Information and Fear

Monday 19 August 2019

Patel's Delusional Policy

Until a system is in place that can distinguish between "legacy" EU citizens who reside here, and new arrivals from the EU post Brexit, ending free movement simply will not work.

It will be utter chaos.

I expect a "clarification" this week; or utter chaos on 1 November!

Friday 16 August 2019

A Totemic Moment For Boris..But Not Necessarily For Parliament!

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Hammond's Bitter Fruits of Failure

Hammond is lying through his teeth, he did everything possible to obstruct May's attempts to leave with a deal!

Tuesday 13 August 2019

General Election Coming

Britain Front and Centre

The UK is "first in line" for a trade deal with the US, President Trump's National Security Adviser has said

John Bolton said the US supported a no-deal Brexit and added that Washington would propose an accelerated series of trade deals.

According to Mr Bolton, deals could be done on a "sector-by-sector" basis, with an agreement on manufacturing being agreed first.

His comments came after meeting Prime Minister Boris Johnson at No 10.

According to Mr Bolton, a bilateral agreement or "series of agreements" could be carved out "very quickly, very straight-forwardly".

While saying that "both President Trump and I were leavers before there were leavers", he added that a trade deal for financial services and agriculture would not be the first to be agreed.

The nay sayers point out that Congress will veto any deal, if a no deal Brexit negatively impacts the Good Friday Agreement. The fact is that if there is a no deal Brexit there will be no negative impact on the GFA, because neither the UK nor Ireland will impose a hard border.

Additionally, and this is a point wilfully ignored, the "troubles" were not caused by a "hard border". Security checkpoints etc were put in place as a result of the "troubles" in order to stem the flow of arms and terrorists across the border, not to disrupt trade.

Wednesday 7 August 2019

Brexit Day Really Really Is 31 October!

Tuesday 6 August 2019

Reverse Brexit?

A reversal of Brexit (post Brexit) is entirely possible, if the EU still exists.

However, that would take many, many years; not least because the EU won't rush to put down the welcome mat anytime soon!

Friday 2 August 2019


This worst case scenario was produced before Boris became PM, and ignores the fact that there will be contingency measures in place in both the UK and the EU to prevent this sort of shot happening.

Thursday 1 August 2019

£2.1BN No Deal Safety Net

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Why There Won't Be a Hard Border in Ireland!

Tuesday 30 July 2019

An Englishman In New York Opines

Simon Sharma is perfectly entitled to hold, and state, an opinion on Brexit etc. 

However, before those who support remain rush to quote him, do not forget that he doesn't live in the UK (or even Europe for that matter) but New York!

Monday 29 July 2019

War Cabinet Orders Brexit Blitz

Thursday 25 July 2019

Tusk Trolls Boris

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Fixing Brexit Easy Peasy for Übermensch!

Winning the leadership race was the easy bit, now all that Boris has to do is sort out Brexit.

However, that is exactly why he won and is exactly what he has promised to do.

By his actions so shall he be judged!

Tuesday 23 July 2019

Hunt Calls For EU Naval Force For Gulf

Someone tell him we are leaving, and need to be able to do things by ourselves!

Oh, and he won't be Foreign Secretary by the end of the week!

Thursday 18 July 2019

There's Irony For You!

OBR Forecast Recession...But Have They Included The Effects of Government Interventions?

Have they included the effects of government interventions?


As per page 256:
"There is no discretionary fiscal policy response"

Wednesday 17 July 2019

It Is a Dead Deal, It Has Ceased To Be!

Congratulations To Ursula von der Leyen

Congratulations to Ursula von der Leyen, the only name on the ballot paper for winning yesterday's election to become EU President by 383 votes in favour to 327 votes against (a majority of 9).

A remarkable "victory"!

Friday 12 July 2019

The EU's Gordian Knot

They don't want no deal, but refuse to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement!

By tweeting this he has effectively guaranteed a no deal Brexit.

Thursday 4 July 2019

Happy Independence Day!

On this day, 243 years ago, a colony declared itself independent of an empire.

243 years on, and it doesn't seem to have done too badly for itself!

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Liberal Democrats Inspired by Brexit Party

Clearly inspired by the Brexit Party, the Liberal Democrats are also keen to make tits of themselves!

Tuesday 2 July 2019

Is The EU a Country? - Discuss

Thursday 27 June 2019

Whitehall Standstill?

Will anyone notice if Whitehall grinds to a halt?

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Do or Die!

Labour's Got The Wrong Leader!

Tuesday 25 June 2019


Read the thread.

Monday 24 June 2019

Three Years and Counting...

It is now three years and one day since the UK voted to leave the EU...and here we still are!

Thursday 20 June 2019

Labour Is as Clueless as The Tories wrt Brexit

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Brexit Reality - No Deal or Revoke Article 50

Even with a general election, whichever party wins that (or fails to win that), the inescapable truth is that we are heading for either a no deal Brexit or a revocation of Article 50!

Monday 17 June 2019

Labour Gives Up On Brexit

Thursday 13 June 2019

Sajid To Bribe The Irish

Wednesday 12 June 2019

The Only Two Brexit Options - Revoke or No Deal

Tuesday 11 June 2019

The Civil Service is Revolting

Friday 7 June 2019

The Peterborough Distraction

As those from the various parties try to pick and choose the "facts" from last night's result to suit their own political agenda, it is clear that until Brexit is sorted out (eg leave, don't leave..etc etc..) the political system that was is broken.

My advice to the "old school" politicians is that you need to sort this out one way or another!

Thursday 6 June 2019

Olly Off?

Monday 3 June 2019

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Tuesday 28 May 2019

The EU Elections Results - FACTOID ALERT!

FACTOID: irrespective of your view pro or anti Brexit, the turnout was a shite 38%.

As such, be careful what you choose to read into the results and which parties you place in the pro/anti Brexit camps!

Friday 24 May 2019

Be Careful What You Wish For..

Now that it seems May will finally go (at some date to be announced) there is doubtless much cheering and revelry amongst those who would take her throne.

However, cool your jets ladies and gents!

Whoever takes the crown still faces the same arithmetic that May has faced in the House.

Realistically these are the only two possible outcomes (with or without a general election and/or referendum):

1 No deal Brexit (the EU will not reopen the deal)

2 No Brexit

In the event of no deal Brexit, Labour will be asked why they allowed this to happen, when they could have voted for the WAB.

In the event of no Brexit, the ERG will be asked why they allowed this happen, when they could have voted for the WAB.

Thursday 23 May 2019

Mark Spencer Gets His Moment In The Spotlight - Cue The Dramatic Music

Leadsom Resigns With A Brexit Blue Signature

There Will Be A Reckoning!

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Theresa May's Scorched Earth Policy

May has managed to make a terrible situation worse, and it is clear that aside from being delusional she is deliberately trying to make the situation untenable/unfeasible for whoever replaces her as PM.

When a leader goes mad he/she abrogates the right to loyalty and must be removed immediately, lest that person builds their funeral pyre on the lives of others!