As in many other technical subjects, the Brexit debate uses common words but with specialist meanings and this can be confusing for non-specialists. For example, most people think ‘gutter’ has to do with drainage but a printer thinks of it as the extra margin space that will stop the binding … More The Brexit Lexicon (Part 1)
Gaelic Football Because of the devious negotiating tactics of the EU and the gullibility (or duplicity?) of our Prime Minister no discussion of a future FTA has taken place. At least two years wasted; it could be almost ready to go, or at the least the shape would be clear, were it not for the … More Bloody-Border Line
Remainers, like Leavers, presumably come on a spectrum; let’s say from soft to hard. The EU offers a list of its goals and values, which hard Remainers believe the EU conforms to, and soft Remainers want to believe. Perhaps; we’re not expert at understanding the urge to remain. https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/eu-in-brief_en Let’s have a look at some … More Only Believe (if only)
Fiat Money ‘Fiat money’ is not what Italians might call their national currency if Italy ever leaves the eurozone (EZ). ‘Fiat’ derives from the Latin verb facere,“to make or become”; ‘fiat money’ is not tied to a commodity like gold or silver but it can be used to buy stuff, provided the issuer is trusted.* … More Shorties-22
Our trilogy on the euro currency is now in four parts (like Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) because we had to break off to discuss the Draft Withdrawal Agreement and other political developments. The previous parts dealt with the past, the present and the parallels with other monetary unions , we now turn … More The Death of the Euro
“If you’d like to push me and speculate on what might happen in a no-deal scenario in Ireland, I think it’s pretty obvious – you will have a hard border.” said Margaritis Schinas, chief spokesman of the European Commission on 23 January. If there is no deal, “We will have to find an operational way … More Backstop or Backstab?
Since when? Since the Great Reform Act of 1832 Parliament has fiddled with the franchise, extending it to more men, then even more men, then all men and some women, then all women, and finally in 1969 to 18-year-old men and women. In less than 150 years any ignorant riff-raff can now vote and Parliament … More Snippets-2
Since the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement (WA) was massively voted down there now appears to be no way the House of Commons can agree a way forward. More politicians are backing the ‘People’s Vote’ campaign as a way of breaking the deadlock, supported by the usual suspects . Superficially it seems to have some logic: … More Off the Table!
The WA is as dead as a dodo, slain by a massive defeat in the Commons. It is no more, it has gone to meet its makers in Brussels and Westminster. But it will not rest in peace. The body will be dismembered and its parts offered again, to be forced down the throats of … More A Withdrawal Agreement
‘Nemo judex in causa sua’ is a Latin phrase that is usually translated as, “no-one should be a judge in his own cause.” This is among the basic principles of natural justice. The honourable judges of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have shown themselves to be above natural justice and indeed … More Unnatural Justice
The EU was deliberately designed so that the people would be guided on the right path by ‘wise’ men to ensure that previous mistakes will never be repeated. That’s understandable, the alternatives were questioned and found wanting by Socrates (and Plato, Aristotle and many others since the Athens’ democratic period). However, the people are prevented … More Brexit: A Brief Summary