A Day of Exits

It’s a day of exits.

The UK is exiting the European Union and, in the U.S., John Delaney has exited the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Delaney, who has spent the last three years of his life running for President (he was actually the first Democrat to declare), probably deserved better.  He was one of the few moderates running this year and, unlike Joe Biden, he was capable of putting sentences together without turning into a raving lunatic or threatening voters.  Unfortunately, Delaney also had all the charisma of a hard-working accountant and he never got above the fabled 1-2% mark in the polls.

With Delaney leaving the race, Maryland continues to come up short when it comes to producing successful presidential candidates.  Hopefully, Larry Hogan will have more luck in 2024.

Happy Brexit Eve!

It’s actually happening.

I saw this picture floating around twitter.  I don’t who took it originally.  If it was you, let me know and I’ll credit you.

My family members in the UK are excited.  I’m hoping for the best.  I’ll be in the UK at the end of February so I look forward to seeing if it’s a whole new world.

When Leave first won, a lot of people said that the sky was falling.  As of right now, the sky is where it has always been.  I suspect it will still be there tomorrow.

330 — 231

That was the vote today in the House of Commons, finally passing the Brexit bill.  The UK will be departing the EU on January 31st and it will presumably be a brand new world.

As I’ve said before, I can’t pretend to know what will happen after the UK leaves the EU.  I’m not going to paint an unrealistically rosy picture of what will probably be an awkward transition but I’m not going to join in with the doomsayers either.  A slim majority voted for Brexit three-and-half years ago.  They voted for it again last month.  It’s time to move forward.

Smart Politics In The UK

From Sky News:

General election: Boris Johnson welcomes Nigel Farage’s decision not to stand in seats won by Tories in 2017

Tl;dr version: Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party will not be running candidates for any of the seats that were previously won by the Tories in 2017.  Instead, the party will focus on contesting seats held by Labour and the Lib Dems.  Now, if Johnson is smart, he will have the Conservative candidates stand down in any seat where it appears that the Brexit Party has the better chance to win.

This is good news for everyone who has been worried that the Tories and the Brexit Party would split their votes and the end result would be Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn, who is nothing if not predictable, has labeled this the “Trump Coalition.”

Actually, it’s just smart politics.

 

Prime Minister Bercow?

Is it possible that all of this Brexit chaos was a part of an elaborate plot to put John Bercow in Number 10?

I don’t really believe that, of course.  Still, old Francis Urquhart immediately came to mind as soon as I heard that some MPs were talking about forcing Boris out and replacing him with the Speaker.

It’s interesting to watch.  It’s obvious that many MPs are not confident in Boris Johnson or his ability to steer the UK through Brexit.  Probably the only thing keeping Johnson in power is the threat of Jeremy Corbyn becoming PM.  Meanwhile, Labour is trying everything to make Corbyn PM, short of winning an election.  At a time when the Tories are in disarray, Labour is being led by the one man that most voters never want to see become Prime Minister.

And, all the while, the October 31st deadline grows closer and closer.

 

Brexit someday

Boris Johnson proposes to leave Northern Ireland in special relationship with EU until 2025

Boris Johnson’s latest Brexit plan seems to deal with what has been a major sticking point, what to do about Northern Ireland.  In fact, Johnson’s plan sounds a lot like what the EU itself proposed a few years ago.

Of course, the main problem with this deal (beyond getting Ireland to sign off on it) is that it doesn’t actually solve the problem.  It just puts things off for another six years, at which point it will probably become someone else’s problem.

Putting things off until they become someone else’s problem seems to be the only consistent strategy that anyone has for Brexit.

 

 

To quote Francis Urquhart

Is asking the Queen to order Parliament to extend its normal recess for an additional five-week suspension so that he doesn’t have to deal with their attempts to stop a no-deal Brexit the most Boris Johnson thing ever?

Donald Trump is probably feeling very jealous right now.

As I’ve said before, I don’t know if a no-deal Brexit is going to be a good or a bad thing.  I just hope that the UK is still there (and not being led by Jeremy Corbyn) in November.