Growing Hatred: Brexit Turning Its Back To Europe’s Best. While EU To Be Led By (Super) Women.

Suppose one has a strong positive feeling, such as loving the music and words of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. This is the European anthem. As an orchestra played it in the European Parliament, 29 British Members of The European Parliament turned their backs. They wanted to show how much they despised the following words, the 9th Symphony, and the idea of a European Union. Or maybe they just hate peace, a written constitution, true democracy? (The present selection of the clown Boris Johnson for UK Prime Minister by 160,000 people is hardly something democratic in a country of 66 millions…) Ludwig:

Joy, beautiful spark of Divinity
We enter, drunk with fire,
Heavenly One, thy sanctuary!
Your magic binds again
What convention strictly divided;*
All people become siblings,
Where your gentle wing abides.

Who has succeeded in the great attempt,
To be a friend’s friend,
Whoever has won a lovely woman,
Add his to the jubilation!
Indeed, who even just has one soul
To call his own in this world!…

All creatures drink of joy
At the nature’s breasts.
All Just Ones, all Evil Ones
Follow her trail of roses.
Kisses she gave us and grapevines,
A friend, proven in death.
Lust was given to the worm 
And the cherub stands before God.

Gladly, like His suns fly
through the heavens’ grand plan 
Go on, brothers, your way,
Joyful, like a hero to victory.

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss to all the world!
….

Members of the Brexit Party turn their back to the assembly as the European anthem is played during the first plenary session of the newly elected European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent KesslerWhat do they want? Disunion, the opposite of Union? Could war be far? Oh, many will say, this has nothing to do with war. However, after the Franks led by the “prince and duke, count of Normandy” (Princeps, Dux, Comes) conquered England in 1066 CE, France and England were united for generations. Little things led to great separations, and war between siblings. The wars between England and France, until the Sixteenth Century, were all Franco-French affairs. Nearly five centuries of Franco-French wars… which turned devastating inside France, after a while.

The show above has no meaning, but to stoke that greatest of human strengths: unbounded hatred, where small differences are turned into the most aggressive postures.

Meanwhile the European Council, that is the heads of the state of the 27 EU members (minus crazed Britain), finally decided to name two women to lead the European Union: Ursula Von Den Leyen, to head the European Commission, and Lagarde, to head the European Central Bank. Leyen was once seen as Merkel’s successor, and is long serving German defense minister. An MD with seven children, she speaks perfect German, English and French. Lagarde is the long serving head of the IMF (she put herself on leave immediately). The Council’s nominations happened after lots of haggling; an early candidate the Dutch Timmermans was viewed as anti-East European by East Europeans, for pushing for sanctions against perceived non-democratic-enough Eastern European countries; also Italy rightly condemned his anti-“populism”; thus he was rejected.

Young French Monkey-In-Chief Macron then got the great idea to propose Von Leyen (Notice: a French selects and launches a great German…) Von Leyen introduced improved maternity and paternity benefits as Germany’s family affairs minister and drove forward boardroom gender quotas. She is one of Europe’s most popular politicians (after degrees in economic and medicine, she started politics in her 40s).

Lagarde and Ursula von der Leyen, have to be confirmed by the European Parliament (suspense! But they should please everybody… but for the sad clowns above)

No doubt the British haters represented above, will have nothing intelligent to say. Britain, in truth, has no Constitution, just habits. And this is going to bring a constitutional crisis.

The United States of Europe already exists… In America. The USA has a constitution, and that Federal ensemble was created by Europeans, and their descendants, using mostly Franco-British ideas (Montesquieu, Locke, etc.) … However, individual US states have lots of freedom. In the OK Corral confrontation between California and Trump, Trump is not winning: he mostly prefers to do other things than to take California head-on.

Hence to create a federal state inside geographical Europe is just learning from the European experience in America. Said Federal State, the European Union, is federalizing ever more. Macron wants to deepen the Union before new countries join. He is right.

Having Lagarde as ECB chief is a great advance: she managed the IMF very well, and she is for easy money, or, at least enough to let the economy work (differently from the Germans, whose hypocritical lying on tight money has been exposed here… this is going to change). She is demonstrating this presently with the near catastrophic situation in Argentina… And has in general insisted that countries given IMF loans not been squeezed in vital social services.

Anyway, happily surprised by these two top choices…

Patrice Ayme

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(The Brexit team stays in place…)

 

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8 Responses to “Growing Hatred: Brexit Turning Its Back To Europe’s Best. While EU To Be Led By (Super) Women.”

  1. Lovell Says:

    Honestly, why so much fuss about Brexit? Let them go, be done with it. Maintain good relations as much as possible but let them go. British voters have spoken, why not respect it?

    The comparison with the US is misplaced because, unlike our federal system, the EU, as currently constituted, do not have a functioning political union so it’s not gonna work however much the bankers – who have hijacked the project – insist it will.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      The fuss about Brexit is caused by the Brexiters themselves. All the haters with their back turned deliberately ran for EU office. The UK has grabbed EU affairs for years with their Brexit. Thus, and rightly, Macron wants the UK out ASAP.

      British voters have spoken in condition which are ANTI-Democratic, from foreign intervention, to outright lying, to retroactive legislation, and the EU has a vested interest that European countries, let alone EU members, be, and stay, democratic. Turkey is a concern, so is Britain.

      That the EU doesn’t have a “functioning political union” is contrary to observed facts. There is a parliament, a remarkably efficient administration (EC), an executive (European Council), a Court of Justice, a central bank, ECB, etc. The banking problem right now is very specific, and centered on Germany. I think Lagarde will be able to deal with it. Even Draghi has become very active…

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      The EU is light government, but it is government. It’s true its military muscle is mostly France and Britain, which are also UNSC, and that the EU doesn’t give them orders. But the reality about the EU is that it is, and has always been, mostly, French driven, ever since the SDN idea was suggested in France in 1916 (copied cat and diverted by US Wilson shortly after). Unifying Europe has been a French passion, since emperor Julian…

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      https://whatukthinks.org/eu/questions/should-the-united-kingdom-remain-a-member-of-the-european-union-or-leave-the-european-union-asked-after-the-referendum/

      Latest poll: 51% remain, 44% leave…

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/03/brexit-keir-starmer-boris-johnson-mps-stand-in-his-way-stop-no-deal

      ….research commissioned by Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, from the House of Commons library suggests this would still require the government to bring legislation before parliament, which MPs could then reject or amend.

      The library’s experts said: “Without an act of parliament, the UK cannot ratify the withdrawal agreement.”

      They added that aside from “undertakings” the government gave that did not require changes to the law, “the UK cannot in any meaningful sense ‘implement’ individual parts of the withdrawal agreement otherwise than by primary legislation”.

      Starmer said: “Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan is a non-starter. If he tries to force through a bad deal or a no-deal Brexit then parliament will do everything it can to stand in his way.”

      The chancellor, Philip Hammond, earlier this week became the latest Conservative MP to signal that he could vote to block a no-deal Brexit, and will join a growing band of rebels on the Tory backbenches if he is sacked by the new prime minister as expected.

      Starmer said: “Labour will work with all sides, even former members of Theresa May’s cabinet, to protect the country from a no-deal Brexit.”

      Johnson’s team believe parliament would be unable to block a no-deal Brexit on 31 October because it remains the legal default.

      But separate analysis by Labour suggests a string of emergency bills on issues from medicines regulation to new rules and systems for the border in Northern Ireland would still need to be passed, even in a no-deal scenario.

      Any of them could potentially be seized on – and amended – by MPs looking for a mechanism to block a no-deal Brexit, or perhaps even revoke article 50.

      Starmer said: “It’s simply unsustainable to sideline parliament on an issue of this importance. And it’s deeply irresponsible to ignore the legal black hole that a no-deal Brexit would cause.”

      However, Johnson’s team insist they are likely to be able to persuade the EU27 to make changes to the withdrawal agreement, including the contentious Irish backstop.

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  2. ianmillerblog Says:

    I am not so sure of a Constitutional crisis – how can there be one when you don’ have a Constitution? You will just have to put up with an ordinary crisis.

    In my opinion, there is a very good chance parliament will vote the no-deal leave necessities. The alternative is a General Election, because the government could not govern if the MPs refuse to compromise and pass anything, and I think that would lead to a serious clean-out of both Labour and the Conservatives. The problem for Corbyn is that many, if not possibly a majority, of his electorates are in the leave group, and very few Conservative voters will permit the breakup of the UK by donating the north to the Republic. So both parties will be gutted, Farage will surge ahead, and there will be even more chaos. However, again, my opinion, nothing sharpens a politician’s mind like immediate unemployment, so I think that rather than destroy their parties they will compromise somehow. It is a ridiculous mess, but knowing that does not advance anything much.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Dear Ian: Sorry but the Labor-leave fanatics are in the clear minority in the Labor Party.
      The real problem is that the first, oldest, most fanatical and most famous leaver in Great Britain is… Corbyn himself!
      Corbyn was the only labor politician who campaigned for NO to integration in the EU in the LEGISLATIVE referendum of more than 40 years ago.
      Corbyn is delighted by Brexit. Corbyn is the original Farage.

      Great Britain has a constitution, just like Rome had one: unwritten, just habitual. Those habits will break. Immediately ahead.
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      No fool, the EU, as recommended by me, has started to crackdown on Switzerland:

      London (CNN Business)A messy political fight between Switzerland and Europe is creating headaches for regional investors and showing Britain what life could be like after Brexit.

      Swiss regulators on Monday barred the trading of Swiss stocks in the European Union after negotiations stalled on the future relationship between the wealthy Alpine country and the world’s richest trading bloc.
      That means investors, at least in the near term, will struggle to trade shares of companies including Novartis (NVS), Nestle (NSRGF) and Roche (RHHBF) on venues such as the London Stock Exchange and CBOE Europe, which is also based the major financial capital.
      And it’s an omen of what could be in store for the United Kingdom on a much bigger scale and with much more at stake if it departs the European Union in October without a deal to protect trade in goods and services.
      “They clearly want to send a message [to Britain] about access to the European market,” said Karel Lannoo, chief executive at the Centre for European Policy Studies, a think tank in Brussels.

      Switzerland vs. the European Union
      Switzerland and the European Union have extremely close ties, but have for years been at loggerheads over a broad deal to replace the more than 100 bilateral agreements that currently define their relationship.
      Disagreements between the two parties broke new ground Monday. With Switzerland dragging its feet on ratifying the new agreement, Europe said it would no longer recognize Swiss stock markets as having the same status as those of EU members.
      In return, Switzerland ordered EU exchanges to stop trading Swiss stocks. Violating the order could carry criminal liability, according to a European Commission spokesperson.

      Switzerland pays not enough for its access to the EU, I have long said. By a factor of three, four, or more…

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Under the Brexit agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May, which was repeatedly rejected by the UK parliament, the current banking arrangements would have been preserved at least through the end of 2020 (and, implicitly, much longer, maybe ten years…).

      That would mean British banks could continue to offer loans to people in countries such as Austria or Italy without a local subsidiary, and London could keep serving as a clearing house for trades in the euro currency.
      All this explodes under NO DEAL…

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