Theresa May floats post-Brexit schemes, copyright law could banish our memes, and William Hague has legal cannabis dreams.
On Wednesday the UK Parliament passed the EU Withdrawal Bill, a crucial step in delivering what Theresa May still insists on calling “a smooth and orderly Brexit.”
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) June 20, 2018
Martini Seltzermayr reckons that now all those meaningless votes are out the way, Britain should really get back to the business of fetching the EU’s slippers.
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) June 21, 2018
James O’Brien thought the Theresa May video was unnerving – like a really bad Doctor Who villain audition.
This is quite unnerving. It’s like a really bad audition to be a Doctor Who villain. https://t.co/LIWRbQJOeT
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) June 21, 2018
And Berlaymonster added that it looks like she’s used Gordon Brown’s smiling coach.
It's like she's used Gordon Brown's smiling coach. https://t.co/t1r8csUHuZ
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) June 20, 2018
Theresa May also claimed a so-called Brexit Dividend would fund the NHS.
.@theresa_may says this morning that the money she's just found for #NHS will come from the invisible, non-existent #BrexitDividend *and* from "vast sums of money" we won't pay to the #EU. My contribution to EU budget is about £1 a week. Am I the only one not being fooled by her? pic.twitter.com/YTAfm0y0b6
— Laura C #FBPE (@smilinglaura) June 17, 2018
“Her figures are so dodgy they belong on the side of a bus,” responded opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.
— Chris Elmore MP (@CPJElmore) June 20, 2018
A lot of people agreed!
— Damon Evans (@damocrat) June 18, 2018
— Dr Lauren Gavaghan (@DancingTheMind) June 18, 2018
Back in Brussels on Wednesday, the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee voted to approve the news Copyright directive – including controversial articles 13.
Earlier today, #Article13, which calls on online platform providers to censor their users' content in case of possible copyright infringement, was passed unchanged by the EU's Legal Affairs Committee.
Here's what that means: https://t.co/lYULD90YBe
The Next key vote is in July.
— K.G. Orphanides (@KGOrphanides) June 20, 2018
Paul Keller said that pretty much everyone outside music industry and their rightsholder friends has come out against Article 13. The upload filter rule will harm freedom of expression, digital culture, and the digital economy he said.
Pretty much anyone outside music industry & their rightsholder friends has come out against #article13. It will harm freedom of expression, digital culture & digital economy. Yet there is a real chance that it will be adopted: https://t.co/WFTy4Wm2IV Act now to #saveyourinternet! pic.twitter.com/vCVtn9SZoG
— Paul Keller (@paul_keller) June 16, 2018
Catherine Stihler MEP said her sons will not be pleased: Article 13 could put end to net memes.
My sons will not be pleased – Copyright law could put end to net memes – BBC News https://t.co/948TMYr31m
— Catherine Stihler (@C_Stihler_MEP) June 8, 2018
Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda explained what it was all about, but said there’s still a small chance to turn it around and urged people to write to their MEPs to Save the Internet.
We can still turn this around! The #linktax and #uploadfilters passed a critical hurdle today. But in just 2 weeks, all 751 MEPs will be asked to take a stand either for or against a free & open internet. The people of Europe managed to stop ACTA, we can #SaveYourInternet again! pic.twitter.com/883ID7CKDE
— Julia Reda (@Senficon) June 20, 2018
Twitter User Parker said It’s time we seriously consider geo-blocking the EU.
It's time we seriously consider geo-blocking the EU. https://t.co/A0HUpvCcLk
— parker (@pt) June 12, 2018
Martini Seltzemayr said “Look I’m really sorry we’re banning the internet but I just read one too many of your ex boyfriend’s tweets.”
Look I’m really sorry we’re banning the internet but I just read one too many of your ex boyfriend’s tweets https://t.co/rVlXZpjuNZ
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) June 21, 2018
And Peanut Studios imagined a world were we all have to draw memes by hand! AHHHH!
I'm sorry for the community… Now you have to see my bad drawings all the time pic.twitter.com/UN52nEcacU
— Peanee (@PeanutStudi0s) June 20, 2018
Finally, former Tory leader William Hague wants to legalise cannabis.
He says it’s “deluded” to think cannabis can be driven off British streets, and called for the PM to to consider legalisation.
Former Tory leader William Hague says it’s “deluded” to think cannabis can be driven off British streets, calls for PM to be “bold” and consider legalisation … ? https://t.co/r6jtxsV2my
— Kate McCann (@KateEMcCann) June 18, 2018
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband supported the idea on public health grounds, saying we should legalise cannabis.
I agree with William Hague. Drug legalisation is no go area for most frontline politicians but on public health grounds, we should legalise cannabis. If we care about mental health, street cannabis is much bigger danger & experience of eg Portugal suggests use unlikely to rise. https://t.co/a0YS6ip7R5
— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) June 19, 2018
Well, with the support of William Hague and Ed Miliband, how can the campaign to legalise cannabis possibly fail? Asked Kevin Schofield sarcastically.
With the support of William Hague and Ed Miliband, how can the campaign to legalise cannabis possibly fail?
— Kevin Schofield (@PolhomeEditor) June 19, 2018
Labour peer, Andrew Adonis said he was glad to see Hague learning lessons from the Dutch and suggested learning from them too on the positive role of the EU!
Glad to see William Hague learning lessons from the Dutch on cannabis. How about learning from them too on the positive role of the EU & not wrecking our European alliances?
— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) June 19, 2018
Evan O’Connell liked the idea of not locking people up for consuming a substance arguably less harmful or addictive than alcohol?
Not locking people up for consuming a substance arguably less harmful or addictive than alcohol? Taxing and controlling the quality of the weed people smoke? Sounds like sound policy to me. https://t.co/1keXSBrQQV
— Evan O'Connell (@evanoconnell) June 20, 2018
But Boris Johnson was contrary as always. “Yes, there was a period before university when I had quite a few spliffs. It was jolly nice. But apparently it is much stronger these days. I don’t want my kids to take drugs.”
Boris on the other hand.. "Cannabis? Yes, I have. There was a period before university when I had quite a few spliffs. It was jolly nice. But apparently it is very different these days. Much stronger. I've become very illiberal about it. I don't want my kids to take drugs."
— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) June 19, 2018
This week we are supported by ACCA check out their co-hosted event on EU company law “upgraded” package: making the best of digital solutions and cross-border mobility
— ACCA Views (@ACCAViews) June 19, 2018
And that’s it for this week. Join us next week for more tiffs, riffs and spliffs in the Brussels bubble twittersphere.