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40 thoughts on “Brexit”

  1. BREXIT Day

    Live: Brexit Day – The UK leaves the European Union

    Live: Leave Means Leave Brexit Party, Parliament Square
    Farage: Miserabilists in Westminster banning Brexit celebration

    Britain finally gets to celebrate Brexit Day

    btw Sky News UK presenters all looking miserable

  2. BREXIT Day

    Live: Brexit Day – The UK leaves the European Union

    Live: Leave Means Leave Brexit Party, Parliament Square
    Farage: Miserabilists in Westminster banning Brexit celebration

    Britain finally gets to celebrate Brexit Day

    btw Sky News UK presenters all looking miserable

  3. Never thought I could get dust in my eye from watching the most endearingly crap rendition of our national anthem I’ve ever seen as a civvy and/or sober.

    I believe the Blessed Margaret deserves a nod:

    I would just like to remember some words of St. Francis of Assisi which I think are really just particularly apt at the moment. ‘Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope’

    God rest ye, merry gentlechaps. And special thanks to our ever gracious host, who has done so much more than most to give us back our freedom.

  4. Some fireworks even near me, NW2, NW11.

    The sky hasn’t fallen down, tho. And I don’t have VD, however hard I’ve tried.

  5. How many decades have we asked “Can we leave yet?”

    …and we’re out…

    The next lesson is to avoid leftist demands to return. BRExit may be done, but the EU remains a threat.

    I’m ready. Are you?

  6. Finally! Though there are some interesting negotiations to come. Let’s see what Boris has to say in the next week or two. One encouraging sign is that Claire Perry has got the elbow from organising COP-whatever in Glasgow.

  7. I love leaving, all my neighbours love leaving, here in the bungalow-land I just had some beers with my lovely neighbours Terry and Anne in Co Durham. Anne loves Boris. I’d ran out beers so Terry helped me abit.

  8. Another bunch who could do with a name is those who are anti-Brussels (Vote leave!) and anti-London (Scrap HS2!).

  9. “It is one of history’s most mocking ironies that the German customs union, which set out to dominate Europe and conquer Britain in the form of Bismarckian or Hitlerian military force, has at last vanquished the victor by drawing Britain into a Zollverein which comprises Western Europe and aspires to comprise the Mediterranean as well. If the ghosts of the Hohenzollerns come back to haunt this planet, they must find a lot to laugh at.”

    Enoch Powell – RIP

  10. “Oh! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
    For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood
    Upon our side, we who were strong in love!
    Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive…”

    Wordsworth The Prelude

  11. I feasted upon gammon and bathed in the salty tears of the Remainers.

    Joining the EU was part of the postwar policy of “managed decline”, those days, despite the best efforts of Labour politicians and academics can now be consigned to the dustbin of history alongside the USSR.

  12. “What is Tim going to use as his catchprase now he can no longer say “can we leave yet?”?”

    I’d imagine “Haven’t we left? ” is going to get regular use, for a while. The Remainers may have been soundly beaten but there’s still no sign of a surrender.

  13. BiS, I imagine it’ll be along the lines of “I thought we left?”
    There’s still a year of hammering-out the details left, and ,say, half a decade to find out exactly how things will shape up.

    There’ll be plenty to rant and raise eyebrows at in the near future.

  14. Keep your joy as a shield against bad deals* with the EU. Don’t accept anything bad! Go to the streets if you have to. You have seen the power you have. THIS is democracy.

    Meanwhile, citizens should ignore anything EU.

    “I thought we were out.”

    *I can’t imagine any deal not being a bad deal.

  15. The Other Bloke in Italy

    Chad in FL posted this at Kim du Toit’s place yesterday:

    Tom Kratman created this some time ago, to the tune of “Ode to Joy.” It seems particularly appropriate today.

    Fuck the European Union!
    Fuck the Hague and ICC!
    Fuck their rules and regulations;
    Fuck the whole bureaucracy!

    Asshats, Bastards, Cowards, Dimwits,
    Excrement-Feeding, Gallows-bait.
    Hang the swine Higher than Haman,
    Ignorant Jackasses, Knaves.

    Watch them purge the bent banana.
    See your taxes rise and rise.
    See your nations fall to ruin.
    Watch as every freedom dies.

    Lick-ass Morons, Nincompoops, Oh,
    Pity the Quagmire these Reds made.
    Sycophants and Thieves, the whole crew,
    Underworked and overpaid.

    Friday Mornings EUnachs sign in
    To ensure their holidays
    Are paid for by lesser people.
    Others call those people, “slaves.”

    To the lampposts, Europeans.
    Tie the knots and toss the ropes.
    Fit the nooses, haul the free ends
    Stand back; let the bastards choke.

    I fancy this sung by an A Cappella group, with the girls smiling particularly sweetly as they sing the rudest bits.

  16. The battle is won but the war goes on.

    As for the rest of Europe: “Exit wars begun have”.


    Your war goes on, too, Mr Ecks. This is not the end for Britain, but, hopefully, the beginning of the end.

    Your government can still do you in with “deals.”


  17. Your government can still do you in with “deals.”

    But our government has brought the Chicoms on board for our new telecoms in spite of the earnest requests of our most important strategic ally; is going to piss hundreds of billions of our £s away on an unneeded 19th century transport system; has announced a desire for customs and tariffs come what may – and is dedicated to trading our economy off against the weather. What makes you think they might act against our national interest?

    (no, I couldn’t generate any excitement last night – we are in BRINO de jure, awaiting BRINO de facto)

  18. The Other Bloke in Italy

    Tim the C

    Dunno. The only book of Kratman’s I have read so far is Big Boys Don’t Cry. I remember it as good, and must re-read, then go on to the rest.

  19. TOBII
    I read the first 5 Carrera books yonks ago, and need to reread since I’ve bought No.6 last year and No.7 is published Real Soon Now.
    The Terran Union (or similar) is a thinly disguised EU and the song is very reminiscent of Carrera’s attitude to it.
    But plans to reread have had a setback, I’ve just got hooked rereading the Stuart Slade lot.
    And then I ought to read something “worthwhile” :).

  20. @dearieme February 1, 2020 at 5:18 am

    “The Deceived” “The Defrauded” – one being my mother who still curses Heath and Wilson for lying/withholding truth to UK

    Good piece by Dominic Sandbrook on this

    @February 1, 2020 at 5:46 am

    “The Defrauded” covers them nicely

    @PJF February 1, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    All too true, but Ecks likes it now for some unfathomable reason



    Margaret Thatcher warned 22 years ago: No centralised power in Brussels

  21. Dear Mr Worstall

    I have a list of things that must happen before I deem we have left the eu, which includes repatriation of control of everything, no more money and cancellation of HS2.

    At a dinner a couple of weeks ago with some UKIP stalwarts, one chap was adamant that we won’t leave. There’ll be lots of talking, lots of agreements, lots of time wasted and in the end business as usual and the politicos and bureaucrats will carry on as if nothing happened. Hotel euroslavia – you can vote out any time you want, but you can never leave.

    No fireworks, but lots of red, white and blue balloons in the High Street, which some sore remaindeers spent Saturday morning popping. Three and a half years ago on the doorsteps the remaindeers were an unhappy bunch compared with the cheerful independents.

    When Heath took us in I knew it was wrong. In the ’75 referendum, I intended to vote NO, but was persuaded by a friend at the last minute to change. Years later he admitted he was wrong. I have spent the last 20 years trying to atone for my vote.

    Until my terms are met, my government shall remain at war with me.


  22. @Chris

    Yes, Rule Britannia (“Last Night of the Proms (1998 if I remember correctly)” excellent rendition before Last Night of the Proms hijacked by Blair & BBC Wokeness

    Gave up watching Last Night of the Proms a few years ago. Maybe Last Night of the Proms 2020 will be British again.

    Mr BoJo, want a boost? Resurrect Royal Tournament

    God save the Queen

  23. Report from Parliament Square, London

    It was very good natured. No trouble makers or remainers in sight, although sadly a few people were quite drunk and obnoxious.

    We didn’t talk to anyone else in particular, other than a general “Thank God we did it at last!”

    Really glad we went along

    Expats in Funchal with others who attend the English Church held a celebration party too

    In other news:

    Madeira, economy depends on the spending and goodwill of Tourists

    Mayor of Funchal so grateful he intends to punish them

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