Brexit nonsense is more of the same, the Former republic of Macedonia gets a new name, and thousands of activists put climate change in the frame.
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This week the UK parliament once again voted on all the ways Brexit definitely won’t happen.
Comedy writer, Armando Iannucci summed it up saying “Look, it’s very clear. We passed a firm resolution urging the Prime Minister to eat our cake, which she’s done. But of course, we don’t want to see a no-cake situation, so the subsequent have-our-cake amendment guarantees that.”
Look, it’s very clear. We passed a very firm resolution urging the Prime Minister to eat our cake, which she’s done. But of course, we don’t want to see a no-cake situation, so the subsequent have-our-cake amendment guarantees that.
— Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) January 30, 2019
Spoof account Martini Seltzermayr also had a stab at explaining it: Ok have I got this right? Theresa May connived to have backbenchers wreck her own wildly unpopular policy. And failed. Is it possible to suck more at politics?
Ok have I got this right
TM connived to have backbenchers wreck her own wildly unpopular policy
is it possible to suck more at politics
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) January 28, 2019
Uh… probably not!
Buzzfeed editor Alan White “congratulated” MPs on supporting an amendment that’s so meaningless the EU shot down hours before it took place.
congratulations to MPs on supporting an amendment that's meaningless and to the Government for winning a vote against itself which the EU shot down hours before it took place I guess
— Alan White (@aljwhite) January 29, 2019
And Council President Donald Tusk’s message to Prime Minister Theresa May was also clear: The Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation.
My message to PM @theresa_may: The EU position is clear and consistent. The Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation. Yesterday, we found out what the UK doesn't want. But we still don’t know what the UK does want. #brexit
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) January 30, 2019
Expect to hear this again, and again, and again from EU leaders over the next few days said Danny Kemp.
Expect to hear this again, and again, and again from EU leaders over the next few days https://t.co/GspEhkWaIO
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) January 29, 2019
As if we haven’t heard it enough already!
Jon Worth was stunned by the news that the prime minister apparently changed her mind from not supporting the Brady amendment to backing it, “Theresa May actually *listening*! Whatever next?” he said.
Theresa May actually *listening*? Whatever next? https://t.co/JEZGIo9ok3
— Jon Worth (@jonworth) January 30, 2019
The FT’s Henry Mance wondered what junior Brexit minister, and all-round bad joke fan, Chris Heaton-Harris was tweeting about on the crucial day…
Crucial day – let’s just check what the junior Brexit minister is up to pic.twitter.com/c9lkvBSiFz
— Henry Mance (@henrymance) January 29, 2019
Let’s just say it involved Dyson, balls and A&E rather than anything Brexit-related!
My Mate got one of those Dyson Ball Cleaners in the sales. Unfortunately, he misunderstood what it was for; which is why I'm now taking him to our local A & E.
— Chris Heaton-Harris (@chhcalling) January 29, 2019
Anyway, apparently MPs now want “alternative arrangements” – something Alberto Nardelli summed up thus:
“alternative arrangements” pic.twitter.com/dxcZaGsdhA
— Alberto Nardelli (@AlbertoNardelli) January 30, 2019
Last Friday one of Europe’s longest running arguments was finally settled as the
Greek parliament voted narrowly to back the Prespa Agreement renaming its neighbour North Macedonia.
— EURACTIV (@EURACTIV) January 25, 2019
Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras marked the historic occasion saying: “Today, we write a new chapter in the history of the Balkans. Nationalist hatred, disputes and clashes are now replaced by friendship, peace and cooperation.”
Today, we write a new chapter in the history of the Balkans. Nationalist hatred, disputes and clashes are now replaced by friendship, peace and cooperation.
— Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) January 25, 2019
The ever-cynical Martini Seltzermayr suspects that tweet will date badly.
Anyone else share my suspicion that this tweet will date badly? https://t.co/PUf1pd3UuG
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) January 25, 2019
But most people were pretty happy. Matt Pelletier called it amazing news.
Amazing news from Greece today. The Hellenic Parliament has ratified the #PrespaAgreement, meaning that Greece will finally recognize its northern neighbour as the Republic of North Macedonia. This move will put the newly named country on the pathway to EU and NATO membership! https://t.co/WSY8NRvEnA
— Matt Pelletier (@_MattPelletier) January 25, 2019
Manos Moschopoulos described it as “A hopeful development for Europe.”
— Manos Moschopoulos (@maledictus) January 25, 2019
And predictably the European Commission responded in its own inimitable style.
???? STATEMENT @JunckerEU @FedericaMog @JHahnEU “We look forward to the next procedural steps leading towards the full implementation of the #PrespaAgreement. But already today Athens and Skopje have, together, written a new page of our common EU future.” https://t.co/TbhQp6IFJe
— Mina Andreeva (@Mina_Andreeva) January 25, 2019
Leading Gareth Harding to lament they were “drowning politics in process and converting epoch-making into deadening jargon.”
European Commission responds to historic day for Greece and newly-minted North Macedonia in its inimitable style – drowning politics in process and converting epoch-making into deadening #jargon https://t.co/CipdhqCVlR
— Gareth Harding (@garethharding) January 25, 2019
NeinQuarterly quipped that as Macedonia will now be known as North Macedonia, Greece will be renamed as South Albania.
Please note that Macedonia will now be known as North Macedonia. And Greece as South Albania.
— Nein. (@NeinQuarterly) January 25, 2019
Finally, this week 70,000 people took to the streets of Brussels to urge politicians to do more to combat climate change.
70,000 peacefully marching to the #EUparliament in #Brussels for climate action #ClaimTheClimate #ClimateActionNow #climatemarch #March4Climate Don't forget to also march to the polling stations this spring pic.twitter.com/egPDeJXUYL
— Samuel Rufat (@SamuelRufat) January 27, 2019
Ivan Diaz said that in 7 years of living here, he had never seen this many people out on a Sunday? Not even for the World Cup!
In almost 7 years of living here I have never seen this many people out on a Sunday? Not even for the World Cup. Bravo BE. #climatemarch
— Ivan Diaz (@ivanskiDiaz) January 27, 2019
MEP Seb Dance noted the HUGE number of young people: “Let no-one say young people are apolitical or apathetic. It’s their future and they know we only have one chance to get this right.”
HUGE march through Brussels today of young people demanding climate action at European level.
Let no-one say young people are apolitical or apathetic.
It’s their future and they know we only have one chance to get this right – and no one country can do it alone.
— Seb Dance MEP (@SebDance) January 24, 2019
Someone who isn’t getting it right, is – obviously – US President Donald Trump. Tweeting from an icy Midwest, he asked “What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!”
In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming? Please come back fast, we need you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2019
An account called Translate Trump pointed out he can’t even spell global warming, let alone comprehend it.
The current President of the United States can't even spell global warming, let alone comprehend it. pic.twitter.com/qgCOBOxjlX
— Translate Trump (@TranslateRealDT) January 29, 2019
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— DG MEME (@meme_ec) January 22, 2019
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