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Lol the reactions are priceless and Guy Verhofstadt comments are gold.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47143135



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Wyrdness said:
Lol the reactions are priceless and Guy Verhofstadt comments are gold.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47143135

Lmao!

(there's a) "special place in hell" for "those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely".

I kinda agree with him, the politicans are crazy for not haveing a plan agreed upon before just starting a leaveing process.
Before they revoked article 50, they should have had cross party support for a single plan, that could be carried out without issues.

Instead the UK basically just gambled their future, and thought "well this should be easy enough" without putting any for thought into it.
Everyone knew it would be a mess, its why david cameron left afterwards.
Its why everyone that promoted brexit, instead of actually helping and staying around to try and fix things, is just kicking back and laughing at the oposition.

The politicans are in-fighting, and useing Brexit as a means to win points, come election, without reguard for the consequences it ll have on the future of the UK.

 

edit:

"Well, I doubt Lucifer would welcome them, as after what they did to Britain, they would even manage to divide hell."  -
Guy Verhofstadt


Last edited by JRPGfan - on 06 February 2019

Number of days to reach 50M from 40M : 198 days
Number of days to reach 60M from 50M : 187 days
Number of days to reach 70M from 60M : 175 days
Number of days to reach 80M from 70M : 227 days

Necro-bump this 2020: http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=229249

JRPGfan said:
Wyrdness said:
Lol the reactions are priceless and Guy Verhofstadt comments are gold.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47143135

Lmao!

(there's a) "special place in hell" for "those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely".

I kinda agree with him, the politicans are crazy for not haveing a plan agreed upon before just starting a leaveing process.
Before they revoked article 50, they should have had cross party support for a single plan, that could be carried out without issues.

Instead the UK basically just gambled their future, and thought "well this should be easy enough" without putting any for thought into it.
Everyone knew it would be a mess, its why david cameron left afterwards.
Its why everyone that promoted brexit, instead of actually helping and staying around to try and fix things, is just kicking back and laughing at the oposition.

The politicans are in-fighting, and useing Brexit as a means to win points, come election, without reguard for the consequences it ll have on the future of the UK.

 

edit:

"Well, I doubt Lucifer would welcome them, as after what they did to Britain, they would even manage to divide hell."  -
Guy Verhofstadt


And people say those guys in Brussel are technocrats, they definitely have some wit.



Brexit was so stupid...



I LOVE ICELAND!

MrWayne said:
JRPGfan said:

Lmao!

(there's a) "special place in hell" for "those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely".

I kinda agree with him, the politicans are crazy for not haveing a plan agreed upon before just starting a leaveing process.
Before they revoked article 50, they should have had cross party support for a single plan, that could be carried out without issues.

Instead the UK basically just gambled their future, and thought "well this should be easy enough" without putting any for thought into it.
Everyone knew it would be a mess, its why david cameron left afterwards.
Its why everyone that promoted brexit, instead of actually helping and staying around to try and fix things, is just kicking back and laughing at the oposition.

The politicans are in-fighting, and useing Brexit as a means to win points, come election, without reguard for the consequences it ll have on the future of the UK.

 

edit:

"Well, I doubt Lucifer would welcome them, as after what they did to Britain, they would even manage to divide hell."  -
Guy Verhofstadt


And people say those guys in Brussel are technocrats, they definitely have some wit.

And that's not the first time, the last time, after the devastating defeat of May's vote, he asked the UK to "Tell me what you want, what you really really want". Spice Girls, anybody?

Also, the EU Brexit negotiatior summing up the situation 2 months before Brexit might be interesting to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNe8qK_-wUI



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KungKras said:
Brexit was so stupid...

Well, the core countries of the EU want further integration and cooperation, which the britts don't want, so I understand their decision to detangle themselves from the EU, but ..

it should've been clear from the start, that it has to be a decades long process, so they really needed a plan with several steps (EU > EEA > customs union > free trade agreement) and a strong intergenerational consensus in this matter.

A catastrophal crash out might in the long term lead to a similarly competitive economy as doing it step by step, but imo there will be faaar more suffering along the way (especially for the poorest britts) in the crash out scenario.

Last edited by Lafiel - on 07 February 2019

You ought to consider formatting your posts so that it's a little bit more readable ... 

HylianSwordsman said:

Lol, if you dont apply calling for elections before a politician's term has ended? Your own prime minister called snap elections! And nearly lost them! Now that's something I'd have found "beautiful". Past precedent matters only to a point. If "we haven't ever had a referendum capable of overturning a previous one" is what you call a precedent, then I'm sorry, but I don't see how that's a good enough reason to not hold a new election if that's what the people want? Simply never having done something before doesn't make it a precedent not to do it. Again, why does democracy only need to be respected when it works your way? When it's the first referendum, it's sacred democracy, when it's the second, you pull the "precedent" nonsense because a second referendum could make you lose, and that scares you, so now the formerly sacred democracy must be protected from its own will so that its own will can be carried out. That's ridiculous.

Theresa May did not call for snap elections. That's on the consensus from the parliament (2/3rds of it in fact) and even if May did piss away at her strong majority she and her party still has the mandate to decide on what terms her party wants to leave the EU and if she's not going to take no-deal off the table then that's the end of the story ... 

It's NOT about what the people want, it's about what the PARLIAMENT WANTS and if the vast majority of them don't want to hold another referendum but they still want to respect the vote more than overturning the possibility of no-deal then you have to terms with result despite your cries for another referendum ... 

The parliament STILL wants to respect the democratic result unlike you and they see it my way, not yours ... (they obviously know better than you if their the ones in charge)

HylianSwordsman said:

I have. Multiple times. It's because in my case, you have a more accurate way of measuring the result, and public understanding has increased so they can make a more informed choice. And black people couldn't vote before Abraham Lincoln's ascension to the White House either. Some precedents need to be broken. And if you're that obsessed with precedent, there's no reason they couldn't have a "Rejoin" referendum, where instead of overturning the first referendum, the choices are "Leave" or "Rejoin" and "Rejoin" means that Britain makes a deal with the EU to rejoin the EU immediately after leaving. Technically this doesn't break precedent, it just isn't very satisfying for leavers, but then neither would staying out for a couple years before a new referendum rejoined you later. Yes, elections have consequences, and you're scared of the consequences of a second referendum. Again, it COULD go your way. I think you know you'd lose though, which is why you're so scared of it. Now stop squirming away from good arguments and give me a reason why things have to be so extreme to have a second referendum.

@Underlined You really haven't ... 

Public understanding always increases with respect to the past but hindsight is always 20/20 so that's not a good reason for holding another vote especially since Leavers had to deal 43 years of it. Some precedents do need to be broken, however that should only apply in times of chaos and the union states were right to abolish slavery while the confederate states were wrong wage a civil war. Similarly, it's wrong for the Remainers to try and overturn the result of the first referendum regardless of whatever method they deem ... 

I have no qualms about "Rejoining" but then the UK would lose out on many of their opt outs such as having an independent currency or not having to participate within the Schengen Area and I suspect this is the reason why you won't consider this route more strongly instead is because the UK might well NEVER return to the EU on these terms which is why you're in a desperate bid to struggle as much as possible to vouch for a second referendum before the UK's exit ... 

It was wrong for the confederate states to deny social social change from democracy and it's wrong for Remainers to do the same so it's time for the latter to come to terms with it or face the possibility of a losing civil war ... 

HylianSwordsman said:

No it doesn't. Referendums aren't a party. Factions like Leave and Remain are cross-partisan, even non-partisan at times. Referendum's like Turkey's hardly serve as an example with how much manipulation of the process we saw. That was electoral fraud.

@Underlined Not anymore they aren't ...

Factions create new alliances all the time and now the Leaver's have taken root within the Conservatives while remnants of the Remainer's still remain (pun intended) with Labour ... 

As far as the subject of Turkey is concerned, the electoral process remained pristine in large so the result was indeed legitimate for the most part. Democracy can be used as a tool for enhancing dictatorships so calling a second referendum only enhances the Remainers dictatorship over the UK. Your ploy is all just that and nothing more since you're only interested in using the instrument to further your own ideals but not anymore should Leavers stand for your manipulation of the system since for 43 years they've had no justice served for them but now they should finally look to being more optimistic cause they're finally having justice delivered for them ... (we see this in every day where homeowners are doing everything they can to making it a living hell for new home buyers by voting for installing draconian regulations in place just so they could 'protect' their "precious property value")

HylianSwordsman said: 

No it isn't. Because I'm not scared. I'm in America. This doesn't affect me. And I respect the results of the first format, which is why I think ONLY a second referendum could overturn it. That's democratic. Only the current will of the people can overturn the past will of the people, because to me, democracy is always sacred, but to you, it's only when it works for you.

Why isn't my format better?

It absolutely does because it has implications for your pro-globalist movement. Democracy is only sacred if it comes with the social change. Voting comes WITH the mandate! (you don't respect the original result which is why you're strongly proposing for another referendum before the exit and by breaking this precedent you are specifically jeopardizing respecting the mandate in the future) 

Similarly, give me a reason why Republicans have to respect the result of the presidential elections when a Democrat get's elected since Remainers don't have respect the first result ? This is the paradox you have to deal with in your own argument since you still have yet to give an answer in that case ... (changing the format does nothing and in fact Republicans can probably do the same to get a "more accurate result") 

'Accuracy' is up for interpretation but I will layout the problems later on with your proposal ... 

HylianSwordsman said:

I do see it as sacred. All the time. I'm saying for you, it's only sacred when it works for you. A second referendum wouldn't profane the sacredness of democracy, it would enhance the sacredness, because it measures the will of the people more accurately and currently with the most informed populace possible. We'd respect the results of the second because we respected the results of the first as well. After all, the second includes the winner of the first, and the first will be done if there is no referendum, it will only be overturned if the people want to. A third referendum wouldn't be needed because people aren't going to get more informed than they are now, and it's doubtful another better format will present itself. If it did, again you have the "referendum referendum" I suggested to see if the people think a new referendum is warranted. Hell, the people might not want to hold another referendum just because they're tired of the stress of politics, in which case they might vote No to the second Brexit referendum.

@Underlined It absolutely would because invalidating the result is fine with different format and never getting to respect the mandate is not in anyway 'democratic' ...

You 'respecting' the first result because you "respected the second result" is nothing more than a falsehood. A second vote DOES NOT absolve the first. In a democracy, opinions change all the time so that's why we settle it with day and date ... (it's paramount in a democracy to care about the time when it happens, not when it will happen again) 

Your reasoning for not holding a third referendum is not correct because it's absolutely not true that people AREN'T going to be more informed than they were in the second vote so let that sink in for a moment as to how you've just created another paradox in your argument ...  

HylianSwordsman said: 

Now see, finally you're actually addressing my proposal instead of just complaining about precedent. I did define them though. Hard Brexit is No Deal. I know that was several responses ago, but hopefully you recall. If you do, you may also recall that soft Brexit was May's deal. Remain then is revoking article 50. The original referendum was NOT watertight precisely because it didn't show exactly what the Brexit deal would be. If things were being done properly, the first referendum would have been to persue a Brexit deal, not actually Brexit. The Brexit talks should have been done BEFORE article 50 was invoked, May would have come out with her deal, and THEN the second referendum would be held to decide on whether to take No Deal, May's Deal, or Remain. In this case, No Deal means invoke 50, let the period expire without pursuing a deal with the EU, use the time to build a trade network with other nations, while May's Deal means invoke 50, use May's deal for the EU, use the time to build a trade network with other nations. Remain would just mean to call of pursuit of the Brexit and remain, the possibility of which would have been written into the first referendum to be perfectly transparent with the people. This reality would be much better as May would have much more time to negotiate a good deal, and the maximum amount of time could be devoted to securing better trade deals elsewhere, and the whole process would be more orderly for business and citizens alike. But it's too late for that because your government fucked up majorly and didn't even try to plan ahead. So instead, the best we can hope for is to allow a second Brexit referendum, or at least a referendum on whether to have a second Brexit referendum, with the choices for the second Brexit referendum being No Deal, May's Deal, and Remain, as described at the beginning of this paragraph. Since people would in this circumstance know what precisely a hard and soft Brexit would be, this resolves your perceived flaw. It isn't perfect, I suppose, as it isn't the ideal situation described in my second scenario with the planning ahead, but it's better than forcing a public that may have changed its mind to accept an outcome it doesn't want anymore.

Now herein lies the problem with your thought process ... 

Labour doesn't agree with you that May's deal is a 'soft' Brexit because it doesn't feature a 'permanent' customs union with the EU so they see it as a 'hard' Brexit for them, Likewise, the ERG faction within the conservatives see May's deal as being too 'soft' of a Brexit and not "hard enough for them" because they don't want an 'indefinite' customs union with the EU since it prevents the UK from striking it's own trade deals with the other countries so in the end there's no compromise to be had regarding Brexit thus parliament will not vote for May's deal thus by extension they will not put it up for people to vote either. The parliament already ruled out a permanent customs union during last summer so the only way out of the EU is no-deal and the vast majority of the Conservatives aren't going to include a 'Remain' option if there's going to be a second referendum but more importantly Jeremy Corbyn isn't going to whip his Labour rebels (they'd be reluctant to also include an option to remain as well) into a second vote or his entire party in general for a second vote ... 

If you can't find this "common ground" for a third option then don't bring this up ever again because it's pointless conjecture speculating on a second vote. It's absolutely important that the parliament agrees to a format if they want to hold another referendum because neither the position of a 'hard' or a 'soft' Brexit is defined by consensus like you seem to think it is ... 

May could NOT achieve a deal BEFORE article 50 was invoked because the EU made it absolutely CLEAR that she and the parliament had to trigger article 50 and she had already tried to seek some concessions from the EU before the referendum ever happened. Parliament maybe wants a deal but they don't want a 'permanent' (Labour wants this but the rest of parliament doesn't) or an 'indefinite' (May/party loyalists want this but the ERG and Labour don't) customs union where in either case the UK has absolutely no say in it ... 

The EU makes impossible to prepare for Brexit ... (without anymore compromises from the EU's side, the DUP and the ERG will be happily content with no deal and the parliament is not interested in ANY of the current solutions with a customs union either with EU's 'indefinite' version or Corbyn's 'permanent' version) 

I doubt anyone can actually prepare for Brexit even if Theresa May had better political conditions like before ... (In the grand scheme of things I don't think losing 13 seats mattered all that much when there's at least 50+ Conservative MPs who are very allergic to a customs union) 

An ideal 'soft' Brexit should be Canada style but the EU won't let the UK cause the EU *totally* feels obligated to meet what is supposed to be Ireland's and ONLY IRELAND's sole responsibility to meet the GFA. I can't fathom why Ireland keeps thinking that they can have both their cake (Northern Ireland) and eat it (EU single market) when they stand to lose out the MOST in a no deal scenario. Either Ireland chooses to stay in the single market (EU) or keeps open the possibility of Irish reunification (NI/GFA) because THEY CAN'T have BOTH so they need to stop acting so childish when it comes to Brexit and START ACTING DIPLOMATIC ... (they need to know that an agreement can't be one-sided just like they realized before with the GFA) 

It's ALL on Ireland to decide the fate of a UK-EU relationship because they are the ones who are likely blocking the UK from a Canada style path but if they're more interested in nuking the UK then they should expect them to reciprocate in response ... (while the UK is wallowing in no deal, they'll just wait for Ireland to either wallow in the possibility of losing the single market or be forced to hurt their pride in the process which is killing the possibility of reunification) 

If Ireland isn't interested in a Celtic-English Channel customs checkpoint with the EU then no deal is absolutely palatable since that's the price of karma ... 

HylianSwordsman said: 

Then mandate turnout if that bothers you so much. Your problems aren't hard to solve, you're just being disingenuous with your arguments.

With the last sentence, I'm really not for the most part and the international consensus seems to be is that compulsory voting is wrong and abstaining should be a right ... (I am also not surprised that most countries with compulsory voting seem to be in troubled democracies or not even a democracy at all with North Korea) 

Find some other way to keep turnout high in an organic fashion rather than make it legally compelling because it's not just to make people vote if they don't want to especially in a big country like the UK where there's 40M+ citizens of voting age ... 

HylianSwordsman said: 

Yes but not outside institutions like a monarchy.

I don't see why a monarchy should be any less legitimate of an institution for protecting freedom like a republic. Republics can have bad actors as well like the confederate states and the last time the British monarch explicitly exercised power was OVER 300 years ago but most of all the UK has opened a path for former colonies to become republics themselves and even offered referendums to their own states over sovereignty ... (Northern Ireland and Scotland in particular) 

The US on the other hand blocks any mechanism for states to unilaterally exit the union. In some regards a monarchy is a better paragon of freedom than a republic ... (the UK MUST NOT break it's great track record with respect to democracy because if it is to serve as an example of a democracy which is why I've previously argued many times that by including an option to remain in the second vote you break the spirit of the first vote)

 If there is to be a second referendum EITHER don't include an option for remaining or do it AFTER Brexit has happened but it shouldn't have to degrade itself to the level of Alexis Tsipras cowardice where he tried to get the Greeks to vote against the EU's bailout plan only for the EU to compromise on another alternative instead of holding an In/Out referendum with the EU or to the level of Latin America's crony democracy but I guess the EU chose to set Britain out as an example for correction instead of showing the door out initially with Greece ... (I guess it's not worth the trouble of letting the UK opt out on freedom of movement compared to bailing out Greece from the EU's perspective) 

HylianSwordsman said: 

Yes, not the entire electorate, but they have to fall in line with the voters that voted them, or they won't get voted in again. I do wish we had multi-member districts or mixed member proportional representation to make it more accurate and represent as many people as possible as closely as possible, but that'll be a lot of work to get that to change.

It goes like this in a democracy with higher delegated powers ... 

Only 'candidates' have to be held accountable by the people, 'officials' don't on the other hand even if they face re-election because at that point they're candidates once again  ...  

"Proportional representation" of a single constituency/district is nothing more than a dream which is why we have FPTP with a single representative but even proportional representation doesn't give you 'perfect' representation so you have to go the full way towards direct democracy which is very expensive but I guess Americans could afford having some referendums ... 

HylianSwordsman said: 

I identify as independent here in the states, but I'd definitely be a Republican if I lived in Ireland. Screw your monarchy. No offense meant to you personally of course, I just have strong feelings about monarchies in general.

You see your northern neighbors which are under a British monarch but you don't see them as being 'oppressed' except for maybe Quebec ...  

Had you guys not faced "taxes without representation", the monarchy could've been maintained but such is the abated never ending battle between globalism and independence which is why the EU will face it's reckoning with it's own arrogance just the the UK's own arrogance before it ... (either give the UK more opt out power or just limit veto powers to the biggest financial contributors in the EU or the EU could go kiss their own asses in the end if they aren't going to agree to either of those things) 

The UK DOES NOT like bailing failing economies like Greece and there should be quota's on freedom of movement ... 

HylianSwordsman said: 

I'm certainly not arguing there aren't flaws with our system. I don't experience any hindrance to freedom of movement between states though. I recognize there are laws around interstate commerce, but it certainly has never restricted my movement, so I feel like I effectively have freedom of movement.

I don't mean 'intranational' freedom of movement, I mean 'international' freedom of movement and the fact that the UK doesn't have one with it's own 'family' nations figuratively speaking with the highly developed commonwealth realm along with the US is absolutely far more baffling since they are a part of the anglosphere while it's stuck with the EU ... 

The developed anglosphere have very high standards, share a common cultural heritage, represent the purest forms of a liberal democracy at a large scale with an amazing track record to boot, they share lot's of trust between between each other (Five Eyes) and they're pretty damn isolationist (I see this as a positive) so it makes more sense to seek out an exclusive minimum anglosphere club than facing quite a bit of divide from some of the other EU member states ... 

Getting some form of a restricted freedom of movement and a free trade agreement between the Five Eyes is something far more sellable and palatable than the current arrangement with the EU ... (I don't know why the idea hasn't been sold yet) 

Last edited by fatslob-:O - on 08 February 2019

After this shitshow, I hope any other country won't want to join this totalitarian superstate, where you must give up your sovereignty without freedom to lave as you wish. The good news is this monstruosity will collapse sooner or later.



CuCabeludo said:

After this shitshow, I hope any other country won't want to join this totalitarian superstate, where you must give up your sovereignty without freedom to lave as you wish. The good news is this monstruosity will collapse sooner or later.

? The UK is free to leave in about 2 months time.



Lafiel said:
CuCabeludo said:

After this shitshow, I hope any other country won't want to join this totalitarian superstate, where you must give up your sovereignty without freedom to lave as you wish. The good news is this monstruosity will collapse sooner or later.

? The UK is free to leave in about 2 months time.

I hope so, because it should not have to take 2 years in a fight to do what you are supposed "free" to do.