Tweets of the Week: Brexitshambles, Mairead McGuinness and Single Seat Debate

European Commission gets very minor reshuffle, Brexit deal law-breaking causes major kerfuffle and Strasbourg v Brussels in fresh Parliament scuffle.

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We talked at length last week about the ousting of Big Phil Hogan as Trade Commissioner, but there was really no surprise about his replacement.

From the outset all the smart money was on Mairead McGuinness.

Even Martini Seltzermayr imagined Von der Leyen must have been “Delighted to accept the candidacies of Mairead McGuinness and Andrew Soontobeforgotten O’Strawman”

According to MEP Assistant, she will have a tough time in the Parliament to get a large confirmation from her former colleagues…said absolutely no one ever.


Her appointment is good for gender balance too, bringing the Commission to 13 women and 14 men.

McGuinness will take over the Financial Services portfolio, leaving Latvian Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis with the much sought-after Trade role.

Gerardo Fortuna said it was the country’s biggest achievement since winning Eurovision in 2002.

Back this week through no popular demand, it’s the biggest story of 202 since coronavirus knocked it off the front pages – all together now: Brexitshambles!


Maria Tadeowas not impressed to see it all over her timeline again!

Brexit is back and it looks like we Brits are the baddies, tweeted James Crisp.

No shit Sherlock!

The UK government is among the pantheon of villains now said Sam Morgan


After the UK presented a bill that Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis confirmed would break international law on EU Withdrawal Deal, but only in “a very specific and limited way.”

And thus, Twitter got it’s new catchphrase of the week.

The German Car Makers said they were coming to help. But only in a very specific and limited way.

And James Graham asked people to “ruin a film title with the phrase in a specific and limited way.

Even Larry the Cat reckoned the Titanic only hit the iceberg in a specific and limited way.

Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said she was “very concerned” about the UK’s plans to break international law.

“Very concerned” is of course code for “you people are out of your tiny fucking minds,” explained Remainiacs Podcast

Britannia waives the rules, quipped Sarah Hynes

We might be losing the UK, but we won’t lose our stiff upper lip tweeted Council President Charles Michel to the bafflement of just about everyone. 


Charles Michel Dips toe in well of English idioms again, confounds and annoys audience in equal measure summed up Le Chou.

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Finally this week, it’s the two seats one Parliament debate all over again as European Parliament President David Sassoli eventually made the decision to hold next week’s plenary session in Brussels rather than Strasbourg.

Tom Fillis said they should aim to make it permanent. If the #GreenNewDeal is to be believed, the travelling circus must end. 

But, OF COURSE, there was pushback from France with Clement Beaune Minister for EU Affairs reiterating France’s commitment to the European Parliament seat in #Strasbourg, “in accordance with the treaties.”

Michiel Van Hulten said it was “pretty shocking that even in the midst of a global pandemic that continues to batter France, the French government thinks it’s sensible to force thousands of people from all over Europe to congregate in Strasbourg for no good reason whatsoever.”

And DG Meme asked, as an EU citizen, do you even care about where the European Parliament holds a plenary?


Call me skeptical, but I suspect the answer is “what’s a plenary?”

That’s it for this week join me next Friday for more good, bad and ugly goings on in the Brussels bubble Twittershpere

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