European Commission gets very minor reshuffle, Brexit deal law-breaking causes major kerfuffle and Strasbourg v Brussels in fresh Parliament scuffle.
This week we are supported by IPA Europe, voice of the European probiotic food industry. More about them later on.
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”
Delighted to accept the candidacies of Mairead McGuiness and Andrew Soontobeforgotten O’Strawman
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) September 4, 2020
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.
Now that she obtained the nomination as the new Irish commissioner, @MaireadMcGMEP will have a tough time in the @Europarl_EN to get a large confirmation from her former colleagues…
…said absolutely no one ever.
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) September 8, 2020
Her appointment is good for gender balance too, bringing the Commission to 13 women and 14 men.
— Christoph Schmidt (@trouwschmidt) September 8, 2020
McGuinness will take over the Financial Services portfolio, leaving Latvian Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis with the much sought-after Trade role.
Valdis Dombrovskis is the EU's new trade commissioner – replacing Ireland's Phil Hogan
— mehreenkhn (@MehreenKhn) September 8, 2020
Gerardo Fortuna said it was the country’s biggest achievement since winning Eurovision in 2002.
— Gerardo Fortuna (@gerardofortuna) September 8, 2020
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!
Oh no – Brexit threads all over my timeline
— Maria Tadeo (@mariatad) September 7, 2020
Brexit is back and it looks like we Brits are the baddies, tweeted James Crisp.
Brexit is back and it looks like we Brits are the baddies. pic.twitter.com/NU5J6ainBn
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) September 8, 2020
No shit Sherlock!
The UK government is among the pantheon of villains now said Sam Morgan
UK government among the pantheon of villains now pic.twitter.com/FWiDoRmhMl
— Sam Morgan (@SamJamesMorgan) September 8, 2020
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.”
🚨 Brandon Lewis confirms the Government will break international law on EU Withdrawal Deal:
"Yes, this does break international law in a very specific and limited way". pic.twitter.com/6B8pU5M2cH
— Adam Schwarz (@AdamJSchwarz) September 8, 2020
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.
Ok, we are coming to help.
But only in a specific and limited way.
— The German Car Makers (@GermanAutoMaker) September 9, 2020
And James Graham asked people to “ruin a film title with the phrase in a specific and limited way.
Ruin a film title by adding the phrase “in a limited and specific way”. I’ll start:
The Empire Strikes Back in a Limited and Specific Way
— James Graham in a very specific and limited way (@jamesgraham) September 8, 2020
Even Larry the Cat reckoned the Titanic only hit the iceberg in a specific and limited way.
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) September 10, 2020
Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said she was “very concerned” about the UK’s plans to break international law.
Very concerned about announcements from the British government on its intentions to breach the Withdrawal Agreement. This would break international law and undermines trust. Pacta sunt servanda = the foundation of prosperous future relations.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) September 9, 2020
“Very concerned” is of course code for “you people are out of your tiny fucking minds,” explained Remainiacs Podcast
"Very concerned" is of course code for "you people are out of your tiny fucking minds." https://t.co/sbvO3jXh6B
— Remainiacs Podcast (@RemainiacsCast) September 9, 2020
Britannia waives the rules, quipped Sarah Hynes
Britannia waives the rules
— Sarah Hynes (@hynessl) September 6, 2020
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.
We might be losing the UK, but we won’t lose our stiff upper lip #Brexit
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) September 7, 2020
Charles Michel Dips toe in well of English idioms again, confounds and annoys audience in equal measure summed up Le Chou.
Charles Michel Dips Toe In Well Of English Idioms Again, Confounds And Annoys Audience In Equal Measure pic.twitter.com/3p3h78km3u
— Le Chou (@LeChouNews) September 7, 2020
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How to correctly identify #probiotic #food and food #supplements? Eight scientists from @ipaeurope and @ISAPPscience have been working to describe 4 criteria for the accurate use of the term #probiotic: read the articlehttps://t.co/Xv8PNiYjkG pic.twitter.com/sZ7mJKXI7j
— ipaeurope (@ipaeurope) September 1, 2020
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.
Next week's plenary session will take place in Brussels. We have done everything we could to resume the normal course of the @Europarl_EN's meetings in Strasbourg, but the latest evolutions in the #COVID19 emergency forces us to reconsider the move. https://t.co/Wd6OLWvxTs
— David Sassoli (@EP_President) September 8, 2020
Tom Fillis said they should aim to make it permanent. If the #GreenNewDeal is to be believed, the travelling circus must end.
Lets aim to make it permanent.
If the #GreenNewDeal🇪🇺 is to be believed, this must end.
Proposed Conference on the Future of Europe billed as a potential intergovernmental meeting to revise the EU Treaties. Golden opportunity.
— Tom Fillis (@tomfillis) September 8, 2020
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.”
— France Diplomacy🇫🇷 (@francediplo_EN) September 10, 2020
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.”
It's 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. @CBeaune @EmmanuelMacron pic.twitter.com/xfArzf6CXe
— Michiel van Hulten (@mvanhulten) September 7, 2020
And DG Meme asked, as an EU citizen, do you even care about where the European Parliament holds a plenary?
As EU citizen, do you care about where the European Parliament holds a plenary?
— DG MEME 🇪🇺 (@meme_ec) September 8, 2020
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