Tweets of the Week: Brexit, Hungary, and Tajani

It’s Brexit forever, a billboard endeavour, and Tajani’s less than clever. This week we’re supported by All Policies for a Healthy Europe.

Now, normally, I like to keep Tweets of the Week as Brexit-free as possible when filling in for Jen. But the UK just couldn’t let me have a week off – could it.

It all kicked off on Monday when Theresa May made an unexpected visit to Strasbourg. The Independent’s Jon Stone called the last minute trip a joke after May caught Brussels journalists off guard.

By Tuesday though it was clear that her Alsace jaunt had really been for nothing.

Jon Snow, said May’s chief lawyer wasn’t convinced by the deal she made with Jean-Claude Juncker.

To which the man in question, Geoffrey Cox, simply replied: bollocks.

So the vote went down entirely as expected: a big defeat again.

Then on Wednesday we shuffled on to the no-deal vote. In the end, they saw sense. But as Hugo Rifkind quipped, no deal is off the table, but the bad news is that there is no table.

For those of you that drifted in and out of the relentless Brexit news cycle, Andrew Carter put together a timeline of the saga so far, stretching all the way from the first dinosaurs to Chris Grayling’s termination in the far-flung future.

Scott Bryan noticed that the New York Times accidentally published both of the possible outcomes of Tuesday’s vote. Better safe than sorry I guess.

And Beatriz Rios noticed that the European Left got David Cameron mixed up with Titanic director James Cameron.

It’s probably because both can be easily associated with sinking ships.

At least there was one heartwarming outcome: Sophie, aged 6, sent Council President Donald Tusk a note of friendship, a drawing of a unicorn and a request for an autograph.

But the cynical Brussels press pack just couldn’t enjoy this one could they. Damon Wake suggested that the unicorn was suspiciously well-drawn to be authentic.

And then he demanded that the EU Council press team submit their own attempts at unicorn sketching in order to prove its legitimacy.

The Council, good sports that they are, said they would think about it at their next meeting.

Brexit madness appears to be contagious, unfortunately, and in Hungary, controversial billboards of Jean-Claude Juncker and George Soros were partly taken down so that EPP leader Manfred Weber wouldn’t see them during his visit.

Peter Murphy asked whether the billboard on the cityside would also be removed so that Weber wouldn’t see it on his return to the airport.

Another sign looked awfully familiar to Valerie Hopkins, who is clued up on her memes.

And over in Italy, gaffe-prone European Parliament President Antonio Tajani put his foot in his mouth once again, trotting out the old ‘at least Mussolini made the trains run on time’ adage. Socialist leader Udo Bullmann called the quotes “unbelievable”

The Italian politician was quick to defend himself, saying “Shame on those who manipulate what I’ve allegedly said on fascism”.

He also demanded that Bullmann apologise to him for distorting his words.

Tajani later saw the error of his ways and said he was sorry.

This year’s election campaign is going to be an… interesting one that’s for sure, especially since James Crisp has decided to enter public life and run as an MEP.

We were all bitterly disappointed to find out that it was all just a wind-up though.

I think we can all agree that James really does belong in an institution.

That’s it for this week, hopefully the next time we see each other Brexit will have been consigned to the footnotes of history, although we won’t hold our breath.

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