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Friday, 24 June 2016

Boris Johnson - EU’re A Coward

So the people have spoken, and Young Dave has asked to be left alone in the study with a reassuringly expensive bottle of Scotch and a loaded revolver. Into the looming power vacuum have arrived those Men Who Would Be King, London’s former occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, and his slippery sidekick Michael “Oiky” Gove. It is to them that Cameron has left the momentous decisions.
A complete Muppet. And Elmo from Sesame Street

And decisions are something they need to get on and take: the Government in Madrid is talking of joint sovereignty over Gibraltar, which voted overwhelmingly for Remain, London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has taken steps to reassure the one million EU citizens living and working in the capital that they are valued and safe, and in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has very publicly appeared before a backdrop consisting of the EU flag and the Saltire - no Union Flag to be seen - suggesting a second independence vote is highly likely.

Moreover, there has been a joint statement from the EU this morning, expressing regret over the British decision, but also impatience over the implementation of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which is necessary before any member state can leave the EU. That impatience is down entirely to the market uncertainty triggered by last night’s result.

This is what the statement said about what should happen now: “We now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be. Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty. We have rules to deal with this in an orderly way. Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union sets out the procedure to be followed if a Member State decides to leave the European Union. We stand ready to launch negotiations swiftly with the United Kingdom regarding the terms and conditions of its withdrawal from the European Union”.

There was more: “Until this process of negotiations is over, the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union, with all the rights and obligations that derive from this.  According to the Treaties which the United Kingdom has ratified, EU law continues to apply to the full to and in the United Kingdom until it is no longer a Member”. Also, the measures negotiated by Cameron before the referendum will not now be enacted.

So what has Bozza done on Article 50, an action which Cameron has quite deliberately left for his successor? Simples. His first instinct was to chicken out of it. “There is no need for haste”. Sorry to rain on your victory parade, Bozza, but there is every need for haste. You wanted this result, now you have to act. Like very soon.

Sadiq Khan and Nicola Sturgeon are demanding seats at the Brexit negotiating table for London and Scotland. Businesses, many of which have planning horizons measured in years, need certainty - and if they do not get it, many will move across the Irish border or across the Channel. It’s no use doing the shrug of the shoulders and addressing “My friends” this time. And it’s not like London, where there was usually someone else to take the actual decisions while Bozza was swanning around elsewhere.

You wanted this situation, Bozza. Now quit stalling and show some leadership.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

My guess is that the result has loosened the bowels of the Leave gang.

Now they have to face up to the consequences of their cowardly xenophobia, racism and Little Englander rantings. Now they have nowhere to hide.

But it might just be too that it has long term implications the far right nutjobs haven't considered. Such as that fire will now turn on the barrow boys and spivs (that is, Johnson and his gang) inside the M25 ghetto. With some luck it will all blow up in their faces.

Watch too for an increase in the mad racism and hatred of the Scum and the Daily Heil.

Andy McDonald said...

I hope you're right. I've read reports of people voting leave and then waking up to this result and wishing they hadn't. They thought they were just scaring an unpopular PM, and this is the result.

In another place, I compared the Leave gang to the mutineers on the Bounty, overjoyed at their new found freedom...right until they realise the only person who knows how to sail the ship is rapidly disappearing over the horizon in a lifeboat, and he's got the compass.

pete c said...

The latter is the real problem, isn't it.

The Scum and the others will be salivating, and christ won't they lord it over the rest of us.

But having got their way, who gets picked on next. Already stories in the Anglia region (and presumably elsewhere too) of F.0ff hate messages being posted through 'migrants' letter boxes.

And ever increasing trolling of women in the public arena.

All of a sudden roses and sunshine - I think not.

swissfrank43 said...

I agree with the first comment. But Bozza et al must be MADE to face up to the consequences. Cameron needs to hardnosed and appoint Bozza chief negotiator, and send him off to Brussels straight away. After all, the quicker we get a deal, the quicker the NHS gets its £350m a week!
And if possible get Farage in the negotiating team too. We must not allow these slimy scumbags to claim that the post-Brexit problems are not their fault because they could have got us a better deal.

Oscar James said...

And what power does Sadiq Khan have to reassure working Europeans in London that they are secure when they are not? Sooner or later they will have to leave their jobs and many will start planning an exit asap.
Cameron will not last to October. He will be hoping to be rolled in a party room coup asap so he can slink off and hopefully be forgotten for the next 2/3 years so Boris carries the full can for this.Johnson will share the blame with Farage and both will become the most hated men in Britain or what's left of it.
However I suppose the new country of England may then apply to join the EU when an Independent Scotland does and North Ireland is united with the republic.
Or we could all go to hell in a hand basket.

Boris Johnson said...

We'll, well, I,I,I , this,this,this..

Vote for me !

rob said...

If Scotland get their independence, as they are surely now entitled to, will Gretna Green become the bolthole for those fleeing from the Brexiteers shotgun divorce?

Will they have to set up a migrant camp for the disaffected English seeking a civilised society?


Anonymous said...

To rob.

There is already a pronounced anti-English tendency in some quarters of Scottish culture.

How ironic if they start a campaign against English "immigrants."

rob said...

@Anon

Some learn from history. Unfortunately there are others who hold grudges because of it, the sins of the father etc etc. Grudges go on forever - a worldwide curse.