The UK divorce bill makes Brexiteers wince, Glyphosate renewal fails to convince, and actress Meghan Markle gets to marry a Prince.
The big news this week is that the Brexit divorce bill looks about to be settled. According to reports the UK offered a £45 billion settlement.
The EU agree to a 45bn settlement
— ĢરίενλɴȻε ɱΘɴκεϓ 🇬🇧 (@GrievanceMonkey) November 29, 2017
Labour MP Chris Leslie was not impressed: “A bill of £1000 from every single person in UK for what?! To put the world’s most efficient, tariff-free, frictionless free trade agreement in the bin!
A #Brexit divorce bill of £1000 from every single person in UK for what?! To put the world’s most efficient, tariff-free, frictionless free trade agreement in the bin – and downgrade to an inferior deal. Sorry @trussliz, I won’t “get with the programme”!
— Chris Leslie (@ChrisLeslieUK) November 29, 2017
The BBC’s Nick Robinson wondered why everyone was so slow on the uptake: ministers were told months ago that the Brexit divorce bill would be 40 – 60 billion Euros.
Brexit for slow learners : ministers were told months ago that the Brexit divorce bill would be 40 – 60 billion Euros pic.twitter.com/I6YTk5i69x
— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) November 29, 2017
Boris Johnson said he hoped the offer would guarantee “sufficient progress”
Boris Johnson says he hopes +£40bn Brexit bill "guarantees sufficient progress".
"Now is the time to get this show on the road, to get the serious talks underway," he says.
Will this be a breakthrough moment? "I hope so"
— Asa Bennett (@asabenn) November 29, 2017
Berlaymonster thought the whole thing was comical.
And in a similar vein Techically Ron imagined David Davis’ apple buying skillz would be somewhat lacking.
David Davis buying an apple:
"How much is this?"
"I'll give you 20p"
"No it's 50p"
"I'LL GIVE YOU NOTHING. I WILL GROW MY OWN APPLES"
"50p it is. I win. Fuck you"
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) November 29, 2017
But before everyone gets too excited,the European Commission said ‘Negotiations are ongoing. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’.
European Commission on the Brexit bill reports: 'Negotiations are ongoing. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed'
— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) November 29, 2017
Meanwhile Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan thought he had solved the Northern Ireland issue in a tweet that seriously backfired he said: The way to avoid a border in Ireland is to have an overall UK-EU trade deal based on mutual recognition of standards.
The way to avoid a border in Ireland is to have an overall UK-EU trade deal based on mutual recognition of standards, veterinary checks etc. Those are the talks we ought to be holding. The delay is not on Britain’s side.
— Daniel Hannan (@DanielJHannan) November 27, 2017
To which Merkel parody account Queen Europe replied: Congratulations to Herr Hannan for inventing the European Single Market!
Congratulations to Herr Hannan for inventing the European Single Market! https://t.co/6DO3wHQ8yB
— Angela Merkel (@Queen_Europe) November 27, 2017
Former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb agreed: For goodness sake Dan, it is called the Internal Market! You have been a part of it since 1973!
For goodness sake Dan, it is called the Internal Market! You have been a part of it since 1973, setting the rules and standards, together with your European partners. Now you are voluntarily marginalising yourself from the d-m table. Can’t have your cake and eat it too. #brexit
— Alexander Stubb (@alexstubb) November 28, 2017
Guy Verhofstadt said it was “mind-boggling” that British Conservatives who designed and helped create the single market wanted to walk away, and now want to walk back in.
British Conservatives designed & helped create the EU's single market. Some of those who wish to walk away, now want to recreate it! Mind-boggling for everyone else. https://t.co/4h3ED4hkYc
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) November 28, 2017
Vote Goat said: Weird he wants to swap the status quo for the status quo.
Weird he wants to swap the status quo for the status quo. Talk about reality starting to bite.
— Vote Goat (@JoeCostaFoxCo) November 27, 2017
Monday was decision day for Glyphosate as the Council voted to extend the license for the controversial herbicide for five years despite the European Parliament’s view and a ‘Stop Glyphosate’ petition signed by more than 1.3 million Europeans
The European Council’s decision to overrule the European Parliament is a direct show of contempt towards citizens and their sadly flawed European democratic tools.https://t.co/J1P2FHj40c#glyphosate pic.twitter.com/ISfWKDIdR0
— DiEM25 (@DiEM_25) November 28, 2017
Farmers weekly said it was a A victory for science over politics.
— Farmers Weekly (@FarmersWeekly) November 27, 2017
But MEP Jose Bove said it was business’s victory over science. Calling it a “scandal” he added that the “precautionary principle” had been trampled on.
The scandal of #Glyphosate continues. Consumer poisoning will continue for another 5 years. The precautionary principle is trampled on. #Bayer and #Monsanto managed to twist Merkel's arm. This is the business's victory over science.
— José Bové (@josebove) November 27, 2017
Fellow MEP Molly Scott Cato thought it was “disastrous decision”
Disastrous decision on re-licensing #glyphosate for 5 more years. Shows we need to weed out the poison from the Commission & its Agencies and root out corporate lobbyists having a toxic influence on EU governments. https://t.co/zeBcGDWBZg#StopGlyphosate pic.twitter.com/TsQQ5EvrXa
— Green💚Molly (@GreenPartyMolly) November 27, 2017
But in the end no one was really happy because Monsanto had wanted a 15 year extension and had to settle for five.
Monsanto wanted 15 yrs for #glyphosate but had to fight hard for 5. Today, Germany bowed to corporate pressure, ignoring their own citizens & the EU Parliament to give the chemical industry an early Christmas present. Public opposition will only continue to build! #StopGlyphosate pic.twitter.com/CF2cbEnpst
— Avaaz (@Avaaz) November 27, 2017
The biggest controversy was over Germany, after Farm Minister Christian Schmidt voted in favour of the license despite having no political mandate to do so!
— Maxime Combes (@MaximCombes) November 29, 2017
And a petition was launched to get him sacked:
— GMWatch (@GMWatch) November 28, 2017
Politico’s Florian Eder explained, “This is really all about German, not European, politics.”
— Florian Eder (@florianeder) November 28, 2017
And finally, Twitter went wild as Clarence House announced the engagement of Prince Harry to actress Meghan Markle.
The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. pic.twitter.com/zdaHR4mcY6
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) November 27, 2017
Martini Seltzermayr: Guess the strategic marriage to Juncker’s daughter is off the table.
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) November 27, 2017
Lewis Crofts reported that there was no comment yet from Donald Trump who probably thinks he was phoned by Prince Harry first but turned down the proposal.
No word yet from @realDonaldTrump on #RoyalWedding. Expecting the President to tweet that he was phoned by Prince Harry beforehand but turned down the proposal because he disagreed with interview/photo-shoot.
— Lewis Crofts (@lewis_crofts) November 27, 2017
Berlaymonster saw hope in the announcement for ginger-haired monsters everywhere.
So there's hope for us ginger-haired monsters yet…#harryandmeghan
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) November 27, 2017
Many Tweeters pointed out the wastefulness of a lavish, expensive wedding,
just a reminder that Prince William & Kate Middleton’s wedding cost us £26 million… meanwhile 1.2 million people rely on food banks and over 500,000 will suffer disability allowance cuts #royalwedding
— maz 🦋 (@mazzzhenz) November 27, 2017
Yes, it's nice 2 people are in love and getting married. But it is not unreasonable (in this time of austerity that has caused mass deaths, homelessness and closure of public services) to wonder why there is always money for a lavish #RoyalWedding. pic.twitter.com/9Cs3gRjeS6
— Theresa May's Demons (@StopTheresa_May) November 27, 2017
I don't mind there being a #royalwedding. I *do* mind taxpayer money being spent on it when disabled people are going without basic care and dignity because of 'austerity'.
— Amy 🌹🌱 (@thisisamy_) November 27, 2017
And Harry Leslie Smith said that when it comes to the Royal wedding UK media is no better than North Korea’s reporting on KimJongU.
— John Smith (son of Harry Leslie Smith) (@Harryslaststand) November 27, 2017
You might have a point there Harry…
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) November 27, 2017
Desus and Mero reckon it should have been reported as Actress Meghan Markle to marry a redhead from the UK.
— DESUS & MERO on VICELAND (@DesusandMeroVL) November 28, 2017
And Mo Gilligan was just annoyed he wouldn’t be getting a day off as it was announced there would be no bank holiday.
— Mo Gilligan (@MoTheComedian) November 27, 2017
Most people just thought it would be a bit of a laugh.
— Real Deal Comedy Jam (@RealDealComedy) November 28, 2017
This week we are supported by Engie. Check out our interview with their CEO Isabelle Kocher.