The Brexit Blog

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

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?