Pies are sacrificed on Brexit’s altar, MEPs turn nasty in row over Gibraltar and NATO at 70 doesn’t falter.
Kicking off for the 894th week in a row with Brexit.
Luckily this week Karl Sharro has helped us all understand what’s at stake with a helpful Venn diagram to explain all the available Brexit options.
A helpful Venn diagram to explain all the available Brexit options, from the Institute of Internet Diagrams pic.twitter.com/OTMIyuv9Zb
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) April 3, 2019
In a week that was frenetic with activity, Berlaymonster summed it up best: Nothing has changed!
NOTHING HAS CHANGED!
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) March 29, 2019
Despite the best efforts of this eejit who draped himself in the Union Jack and stood on top of St Pancras station thus halting all the eurostar trains for hours on end.
Wanna know why St Pancras and all the trains are messed up? The flag waving bell-end is on top of high speed tracks. pic.twitter.com/2U2g5TAR3I
— Tasha S (@tic_tash_toe) March 30, 2019
Had he been wearing a European flag normal service would have resumed suggested one Tweeter.
Had he been wearing a European flag normal service would have resumed
— thingystuffy (@thingystuffy) March 30, 2019
But one unexpected consequence of Brexit emerged as the Commission revealed that there would be new customs checks on meat.
Cue widespread panic among Brits in Brussels!
“If we can’t bring sausages or bacon to Brussels what will be the point of M&S at St Pancras?” demanded Ian Wishart.
We won't be able to bring sausages or bacon to Brussels if there's no deal!!!
What will be the point of M&S at St Pancras? https://t.co/5ipDgjo65Y
— Ian Wishart (@IanWishart) April 3, 2019
Sam Morgan meanwhile started frantically checking to make sure crumpets don’t include animal products.
Frantically checking to make sure crumpets don’t include animal products https://t.co/1cEXMgnYne
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) April 3, 2019
James Rothwell says if you don’t take pork pies in your coolbag with you on holiday then you are a weirdo.
If you don't take pork pies in your coolbag with you on holiday then, with apologies to the Remain community, you are weirdos https://t.co/FYTM6RwDxr
— James Rothwell (@JamesERothwell) April 3, 2019
But Gwilym David Blunt reckons only the UK could line up something so trivial for identity politics, class warfare, and endless grievances.
God save us, only in the UK could something so trivial be lined up for identity politics, class warfare, and endless trivial grievances.
— Gwilym David Blunt (@GDBlunt) April 3, 2019
Brexit also sparked some unpleasant behaviour in the European Parliament as Claude Moraes was removed as Rapporteur for the Visa regulation post-Brexit because he objected to Gibraltar being described as a colony.
Debbie Eade called the move “disgusting and disgraceful” and all down to Spain trying to further its own colonial aspirations.
Disgusting, disgraceful move, removing @Claude_Moraes as EP Rapporteur for the Visa regulation post-Brexit. This is all down to Spain insisting on #Gibraltar falsely being described as a colony on a footnote, to try to further its own colonial aspirations. This is fascism, EU. https://t.co/XrkyIzobdj
— Debbie Eade #FBPE (@EadeDebbie) April 1, 2019
Moraes himself revealed there had been a campaign of bullying by Spanish MEPs from 3 different groups who had asked about his name and ethnic origin to try to find reasons for his stance.
So I just met an ALDE MEP who told me that Spanish MEPs from all 3 groups had asked about my name & ethnic origin to try & find reasons for my stance. My stance was based on principle, & the rules of the EP.
— Claude Moraes (@Claude_Moraes) April 3, 2019
Fortunately most reponses on Twitter were in support of Moraes and against such hateful intimidation.
Maybe I should start naming names…..
— Claude Moraes (@Claude_Moraes) April 3, 2019
Including Ana Coelho who said she couldn’t believe this was happening in the European Parliament.
🙀🙀🙀🙀! Can’t believe it. Be proud of yourself Claude and don’t let anyone intimidating and bullying you! This is pure racism. I am sorry to read that this is happening at @Europarl_EN with your fellow colleagues. Carry on
— Ana Coelho 🎗🌹🕊🇪🇺 (@AnaCoelhoBXL) April 3, 2019
Finally, NATO turned 70 this week. Lots of people sent their congratulations, but try as we might we could not find a single picture of a cake!
For 70 years, NATO has been a cornerstone of our security. Now it is vital we strengthen @NATO by building its European pillar, based on a European defence community and a European Army, so that Europeans can take their future into their own hands.https://t.co/0BDur1AGbp
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) April 4, 2019
Lots of flags.
Today we celebrate #NATO’s 7⃣0⃣th anniversary – 7⃣ decades of preserving peace and security.
Standing together has made @NATO the most successful & most valuable alliance in history. 🤝
— Oana Lungescu (@NATOpress) April 4, 2019
No, really, lots and lots and lots of flags.
— Věra Jourová (@VeraJourova) April 4, 2019
— Dalia Grybauskaitė (@Grybauskaite_LT) April 4, 2019
We weren’t the only ones to notice Heather Dichter suggested NATO should get a flag emoji for its 70th birthday.
— Dr. Heather Dichter (@hdichter) April 4, 2019
So congratulations to NATO – 70 years keeping the flag industry afloat.
That’s it for this week. But do join us again next Friday for snark and larks in the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere.