January 18, 2019

UK: Germany worried about “no deal” Brexit

Jack BuckbyRebel Contributor

Predictably, the Germans are getting worried about the prospects of a No Deal Brexit. A letter signed by the frontrunner to succeed Angela Merkel as the next German chancellor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, along with leaders from German politics, industry and art, said: “From the bottom of our hearts, we want them to stay”.

The sickly letter reflects on our quirks as Brits and tries to make us believe the Germans will really miss us – as if we’re actually lifting an anchor and sailing off into the Atlantic. It reads:

“Without your great nation, this continent would not be what it is today: a community defined by freedom and prosperity…After the horrors of the Second World War, Britain did not give up on us. It has welcomed Germany back as a sovereign nation and a European power. This we, as Germans, have not forgotten and we are grateful…Our door will always remain open: Europe is home…We would miss the legendary British black humour and going to the pub after work hours to drink an ale. We would miss tea with milk and driving on the left-hand side of the road. And we would miss seeing the panto at Christmas. But more than anything else, we would miss the British people – our friends across the Channel.”

Gross.

It’s funny how they’re acting like they’re suddenly not going to have access to British comedy on Netflix, and milk in their tea is going to be outlawed by Frau Merkel before she steps down. This is a clear attempt at sweet talking us into backing another referendum, and it’s pretty pathetic. They have reason to be concerned, though – it looks like No Deal is more popular than the politicians think.

Despite Project Fear continuing their campaign of terrifying the British people about the prospects of leaving the EU, a new poll by ComRes has found that a clear majority are in favour of respecting the result of the referendum. Sixty-five per cent agreed that the result should be respected, while only thirty-five per cent disagreed.

A Question Time audience also turned heads last night, when the people cheered (loudly!) at the prospect of a No Deal Brexit. Journalist Isabel Oakeshott suggested that the only option left on the table for the Prime Minister was No Deal, which saw the audience erupt into applause. Twitter went mental – they seemed shocked to see evidence of the majority of British people wanting to leave the EU. It’s almost as if we voted to leave already…

The Germans are afraid of No Deal, and they should be. If it happens, then the UK will become an infinitely more competitive economy, and we know they don't want that. That's why, I suspect, a No Deal Brexit won't happen. EU leaders are bound to come back round the negotiating table and agree to something that resembles continued membership of the EU.

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commented 2019-01-20 02:21:22 -0500
Thank You Keith Barnes!… This sallow imitation of Maggie Thatcher is evidently going to have have many “squat in the corner and pee vinegar” moments in the coming days… And deservedly so….
commented 2019-01-19 18:16:12 -0500
The following solution for Brexit is from a letter posted to UKIP, United Kingdom Independence Party……..

Sir,

The PM can return to the Commons with a revised plan for exiting the EU which ticks all the boxes. First, it already has the express support of Parliament. Second, it is 100% in accordance with UK law, and third, it is likewise 100% in accordance with EU law. She needs to enter the chamber armed with two documents: a copy of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017, and a copy of Article 50 as referred to in that statute.

She will then need to explain how the two documents work together. The first expressly authorises her to give Notification under the second, which expressly stipulates that the UK will be released from the Treaties of the EU from the date of entry into force of a withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the Notification. Accordingly, having ensured on Tuesday by an overwhelming majority that there will be no withdrawal agreement, the UK Parliament has expressly, and indeed statutorily, authorised the so called “no deal Brexit”. QED, as it were.

Next, she will have to explain the significance of all this. The statutory authority satisfies the requirements of UK law, but Article 50 is EU law, which trumps UK law until the UK is so released from the Treaties, which means that unless the UK Government revokes the Notification, which it has no intention whatsoever of doing, there is NOTHING the UK Government can do to stop this process. Moreover, EVEN IF the Notification were revoked, the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 effectively removes the UK from the EU anyway in much the same way.

Finally, she should point out the advantages of leaving the EU in this fashion. It means there will be no “divorce bill”, so the UK immediately saves £39 billion. The ECA 1972 will be repealed at the same instant that the UK is released from the Treaties, which neatly avoids a trap inserted into the said 2018 statute. The UK will leave on WTO terms, which only need a few technical tweaks to implement. There will never be a hard border in Ireland as nobody is going to build one. And, once released from the Treaties, the UK will be entirely free to negotiate whatever it wants with whomever it wants, and it can start to do that on a provisional basis straight away!

This last factor is immensely important. The UK can open talks with the EU without delay, seeking their views on how they would like things to be as from 11.00 p.m. (UK time) on 29 March in relation to the newly independent UK. We don’t mind; it would be entirely up to them. We could simply continue the extant free trade and cooperation arrangements indefinitely, or provisionally for a while under Article XXIV of GATT.

No deal is therefore a perfect way forward, with no downsides.

Respectfully, Septimus.
commented 2019-01-19 18:09:06 -0500
commented 2019-01-19 03:56:24 -0500
Of course Frau Merkel should be worried, or more likely having nightmares every night… Her years of ineptitude and false social engineering are bubbling up more and more each day across all of Europe… And, it’s only going to get worse before it gets better!… What a “happy” legacy to go into retirement with!…
commented 2019-01-18 13:36:31 -0500
Cause or force Theresa May into resigning as PM, put in a Caretaker replacement, headed straight to the EU to tell them that Great Britain is no longer a member of the European Union (this is legal). Include that Britain is now open and ready to do trade with them on Britain’s terms.
commented 2019-01-18 12:25:55 -0500
Just do a REAL Brexit or sink the damn Island with the Politicians locked in the Parliamentary Buildings.
commented 2019-01-18 12:14:32 -0500
“No Deal” Brexit will be far harder on the EU than on the British . . . . imagine how tough it will be for the Brits when they don’t have to send Billions to the failing EU !