Whose idea was Brexit

Brexit Diary 9: Henry VIII and the Autumn of Displeasure

The debate dragged on until late at night. But that day everything had to be said once in the House of Commons, by everyone. In the end, however, the ailing Prime Minister took the hurdle fairly easily. This law will prevent chaos when we leave the EU, argued the Brexiteers, as always brightly optimistic. This law is a government seizure of power and castrating parliament, the opposition said. But the rebels could not win the majority on their side, Theresa May can relax briefly until the whole thing ends up in the committees.

The Grand Repeal Act, now simply called the Brexit Act, is a legislative monster. It is intended to convert around 12,000 EU regulations, 7,900 implementing laws and 186 European-related legal acts into British law in one go. That exceeds every imagination and totally overwhelms the legal layperson. It is one of the unforeseen consequences of Brexit that nobody had previously informed the people about in the bus advertisement.

Why Theresa May dreams of Henry VIII

Theresa May must have looked enviously at Britain's most monstrous king when she put together this template. In 1537 he had declared that he could make laws by ordinance. What a wonderful simplification. Coupled with the right to behead his wives, Henry was able to enjoy his reign afterwards without any worries.

Whose heads would Prime Minister May like to see under the sword in the Tower? The youngest heir to the throne Jacob Rees-Mogg or the always annoying Boris Johnson? But the leader of the treacherous opposition would certainly be a candidate for permanent beheading. But she can only dream of that. After all, with the Brexit law, she is gaining the power to reshape the bulk of the laws brought from Europe according to her own will, just like her royal predecessor. How else can you deal with this legislative nightmare and silence the rebels in parliament?

Some in the Labor Party were furious. But once again it shows itself to be divided and all attempts to ensure discipline have remained fruitless. The opposition's Brexit envoy writes that "the Brexit law allows ministers to implement the country's withdrawal from the EU with minimal scrutiny. They would have a blank legislative check and could change all aspects of public life as they see fit." In fact, allowing the Prime Minister to feel like Henry VIII can be dangerous.

Tony Blair turns around and suddenly advocates immigration control

I already feel a little regret ...

Whenever Tony Blair returns to public debate, something really goes wrong. The focus of the Brexit decision is concern about the high level of immigration, he now writes in the Sunday Times. Spicy, because it was the former Labor Prime Minister himself who opened the gates to hundreds of thousands of workers from Poland and later other Eastern Bloc countries in 2004. But now he's talking about regulating immigration. He's not admitting that it was a mistake to let all these people in, that's not Tony's way. But times have changed now and the government must regulate the influx of workers with existing resources. Maybe he was a little wrong back then.

However, it is not necessary for the government to write incendiary papers in which immigration is drastically restricted and a two-class system is created that drives the EU to white heat. Instead, the government could have done what was possible and sensible earlier.

Xenophobic slogans at the Polish Cultural Center in London

Tony Blair is not wrong about that. In other countries there are ID cards to control citizens. They give immigrants three months to look for work. They find ways to regulate the entitlement to social benefits and the inflow of workers somewhat within the framework of the EU rules. Britain has generated much of the anger over this issue itself. Who else has added students to the migration statistics to drive them up? Who else has absolutely no idea of ​​coming and going in their country? Some of the answers here should come from David Cameron. But the former prime minister only makes it into the news these days when he secretly smokes and buys a garden shed. Times are changing.

From smoke and mirrors

In London, people are already talking about the autumn of displeasure. The government is weak, the opposition not strong enough and nobody gets what they really want. Whether that would be an iron-hard Brexit, or a rather softened or no Brexit at all. Observers insist that nothing will happen until the Conservative Convention in early October is over. All negotiations in Brussels so far have been nothing but smoke and mirrors. For now, the EU Commission can stop giving further press conferences. She should just sit still and wait.

More European blues and stars at the "People's March for Europe" than has been seen in London for years

You need more people, a lot more people

So much European blue, as many stars as never before could you see in London last weekend. The "Remainer" demonstrated to change the government's mind. And Liberal Leader Vince Cable left nothing out, calling them "incompetent, dysfunctional and divided". If you look at the Brexit negotiations, that seems a pretty good description. But, dear friends: you have to bring a lot more people onto the streets. The lovely costumes must have been a lot of work, but nothing under half a million demonstrators will impress Theresa May. Make an effort, there is still a little time left.

The lion and the unicorn

For "Brexiteers" it is one of the strongest symbols: the future, blue British passport with the embossed coat of arms with lion and unicorn, which is supposed to replace the hated EU document in banal red. But now it came out that the precious national part might be made in France. The Ministry of the Interior had put the production out to tender and a French and a German company are in the running. What an insult. The chairman of the parliamentary flag and heraldry committee was enraged: "I want the new British passport to be made in Great Britain, in a British company with British workers ..." Loosely based on the British favorite patriotic song: Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the passports ... ..