Tweets of the Week: Brexit delay, Good Friday and bad air qualit-ay

This week it’s another Brexit delay, Good Friday, and bad air qualit-ay. This episode is sponsored by CEN and CENELEC.

So this week you’ve all been tweeting about the Brexit…

Listen, do I have to do Brexit this week? Don’t you think everyone is sick and tired of it by now? Fine…

So this week you’ve all been tweeting about the Brexit delay, Good Friday and bad air qualit-ay.

Wednesday would see EU leaders meet to decide whether to grant Britain a Brexit delay or basically kick the Brits out into the wilderness of no-deal.

It all started with embattled UK PM Theresa May publishing a bizarre video in which she tried to explain to anyone who would listen where we were actually at with Brexit.

I am Happy Toast wasted no time in making a fiery addition to May’s clip.

Brussels-London relations took another hit when man-of-the-people Jacob Rees-Mogg said the Uk should be as difficult as possible if remaining in the EU. Fellow arch-Brexiteer MP Mark Francois said the rest of Europe would be dealing with ‘Perfidious Albion on speed’.

One twitter user rightly pointed out that perfidious means deceitful and untrustworthy.

Future historians when chronicling Brexit will surely be baffled by the bizarre terminology it has thrown up.

Fears that the UK would make a nuisance of itself led to the coining of the ‘sincere cooperation’ clause, while Adam Fleming came up with ‘the ejector seat’. ‘Flexible extension’ was condensed down into the horrendous ‘flextension’, which pushed Ian Dunt to plead with everyone to just use proper words for things.

Unfortunately, Euractiv can’t take the high ground on this one, thanks to the fact that we were directly involved in spawning and unleashing ‘Brexit’ on the world in the first place. Sorry about that…

As a brief interlude to the Brexit shenanigans, the EU Commission revealed the first ever picture of a black hole.

Twitter wasted no time in making cracks about the UK, of course, with Eliot Higgins sniping that we’re now more certain about what a black hole looks like than what Brexit looks like.

So Wednesday evening arrived, the leaders gathered and it was France throwing its toys out of the pram the most. Bruno Waterfield reported on how Emmanuel Macron wanted the UK to renounce its veto, while The Guardian said that Britain would have to give up its European Commissioner.

Over a frankly unappetising sounding meal, detailed here by Nick Gutteridge, they tried to figure out what to do with the UK. Joe Barnes revealed that Jean-Claude Juncker was not entirely happy with the fuss Macron had been making.

And just like that, the spectre of no-deal evaporated, Council boss Donald Tusk unveiled a new exit date of 31 October and made an impassioned plea to Westminster not to waste its time.

Unfortunately, it didn’t last long, as Sam Coates pointed out that MPs will not be back to debate anything until after Easter.

One thing we do at least know now is that the UK will probably have to take part in the EU elections in May.

The lord mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid, has already said he will stand as an MEP. Magid rose to prominence last year when he dubbed Donald Trump a ‘wasteman’ and banned the US president from his city.

But this week was more significant than just the Brexit that never was, as the Good Friday Agreement turned 21 years old.

MEP Marietje Schaake said that the preamble to the peace treaty should’ve been read out at the Brexit summit, while John Hyphen shared a copy of the agreement that includes a very special signature by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

If you want to learn more about Northern Ireland and its border with the Republic, then check out Beatriz Rios and Mike Ball’s great documentary.

This is all a bit heavy though isn’t it? It’s hard not to agree with Bearded Genius and yearn for a simpler political time when Francois Hollande had an entire year of bad handshakes.

If any of you have been feeling a bit under the weather this week, there might be a reason other than brexit. Air pollution skyrocketed thanks to traffic, agriculture and bad weather.

Jon Stone said the conditions were absolutely awful and that motorists were completely oblivious to the plight of pedestrians.

Pollution levels actually got so bad that the authorities issued a warning and urged people to leave their cars at home. But as Alison A pointed out, telling people in the metro was a bit preaching to the converted, while Jori Keijsper suggested that a push alert sent to smartphones would be a better idea.

Maybe Brussels will take a leaf out of London’s book, which, faced with a public health crisis launched an ultra-low emissions zone, the first of its kind in the world.

This week we were supported by CEN and CENELEC, check out their tweet here to learn all about how setting standards is essential to how the EU actually functions.

Tune back in next time for more tweets, now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go home and I don’t fancy my chances out there.

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