Friday 18th October 2019





I have an appointment today which means I won’t be here, so please make use of the comments section and post links there if you see something interesting.

Nicola Sturgeon on the new Brexit agreement   video

Read this thread!

More  Jacob Rees-Mogg @LeaderMHoC seemed rather rattled when I pointed out that under the revised NI protocol   video

Legal bid at Court of Session to stop MPs debating Brexit deal

In 2014 it was claimed that Scotland is an equal partner in UK. Mentions in the revised Withdrawal Agreement, including Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland: see here

Hearing Tory MPs getting offers of anything to back Boris Johnson’d deal – it is DUP style but for the shires” Tory MP offered almost any wee “bribe” for constituency

Earlier today I led for @theSNP at International Trade Questions where I challenged the Secretary of State on the UK’s influence in the WTO after Brexit.   video

British businesses say new Brexit deal worse than May’s agreement

How long has it taken them to figure this out

Deal latest – Experts say this doesn’t give the guarantees on a softer brexit as Theresa May’s deal. In May’s deal there were legally binding commitments on level playing field. This kicks that can down the road, and could mean a harder or a softer brexit dependent on PM

So yesterday Trump was saying Boris had asked him to facilitate a meeting and today

Saturday is the most important day in the entire Brexit saga

Starmer says

Excuse the long thread, but I have looked carefully at the #BrexitDeal negotiated by Boris Johnson. Here is my analysis: 1/


Here’s a thread on the consent issue, the subject of a lot of controvesy and confusion:

Brexit: madder and madder

Mike Clancy says:  This morning I met with @michaelgove to discuss the new Brexit Deal.

Hitachi set to miss out on Metro deal due to Brexit risks

Boris Johnson wanted Brexit deal ‘at any cost’ to avoid extension, says DUP

Johnson’s Brexit deal: far worse than Theresa May’s and infinitely inferior to Remaining

Boris Johnson leads his weary people to the unpromised land

Where are the EU?


6 thoughts on “Friday 18th October 2019

  • 18th October 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Nasty footage from Catalonia, Nana.

    And a huge march in Barcelona in protest today, largely ignored by our own fearless media, like our own big march in Edinburgh two weeks ago:

    At least all we have to do is put a wee cross in a box and damn the torpedoes. It doesn’t seem to matter what the Catalans do, they won’t be respected, they’ll be beaten, arrested and imprisoned.

  • 18th October 2019 at 6:54 pm

    The Ian Dunt article hits the nail on the head in his Brexit article about Johnson’s deal. It seems that the vote on Saturday will be a lot closer than may have been expected. If Labour MP’s give Johnson support in sufficient numbers and allow his deal to get through, then I think in Scotland their votes in Scotland can only fall further.

  • 19th October 2019 at 9:42 am

    If the Letwin amendment passes today then Johnson is going to send the MP’s home without a vote on his deal. He will then start debate on the Withdrawal Bill on Monday. We have to assume now that he must ask for an extension before Monday to comply with the Benn Act and the assurances given to the Scottish Court of Session or they might ask for him?

  • 19th October 2019 at 9:44 am

    I might have got that wrong and he will send them home right after his statement to the house. No debate and no votes? LOL

  • 20th October 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Nana , just back from a lovely week in the Black Isle , scenery fantastic and weather wonderful. Very relaxing even with my wee grandsons!

    So sorry to discover that you are giving up and I’m afraid no-one will pursue what you have started – and I’d be useless at it

    Hope that your health improves and take care of you!

  • 20th October 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Dear Nana
    I am so sorry to hear a) that your health is not too good and b) that you felel your efforts are unappreciated.
    I do not have time to look at all the links you provide as `i don’t live in Scotland and have a lot of professional commitments, especially with regard to the free movement of labour in Europe. And I don’t often comment btl also for reasons of time. But I can’t tell you how many times I have found your links to be not just interesting but absolutely vital in helping to frame an argument, for instance.
    I am writing this on a Sunday evening after a hectic weekend at a conference in Thessaloniki. I haven’t finished all the writing up that has to be done, but I felt I simply have to let you know how much I have appreciated all the long and hard work that has gone into your contributions.
    I really hope that you do not feel too discouraged by what may seem as a lack of appreciation from others.
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    All the best for the future
    Margaret Eleftheriou


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