The Brexit post: Eight days to Brexit as May and Corbyn leave Westminster chaos behind and head to Brussels

The Brexit post: Eight days to Brexit as May and Corbyn leave Westminster chaos behind and head to Brussels

Updated 21 March: With both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in Brussels today, the former blaming everyone apart from herself for the current situation and the latter blaming himself for “confusion” after refusing to stay at a meeting last night because breakaway MP Chuka Umunna was present, the UK is in limbo with a petition to Revoke Article 50 started last night currently at nearly a million signatures. This is an official Parliamentary petition rather than a Change.org type, and Parliament is required to consider debating any that get over 100,000 signatures; the Revoke Article 50 Parliamentary petition is nearly ten times that within less than 12 hours. Its creator, Margaret Anne Georgiadou, says that “The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU.”

A proposal for a second referendum, however, even if debated in Parliament, is unlikely to garner sufficient enthusiasm among MPs however many sign the petition: a clear majority of MPs oppose a “People’s Vote”, with one saying the other day that remaining in the EU now would be like someone demanding a divorce, spending the following two years berating and belittling their former partner, and then announcing “it’s OK dear, I’m not leaving” – hardly a comfortable situation, is the clear point.

It is in fact Theresa May who has mostly used the “will of the people” argument to try to get her deal through Parliament, and indeed on arrival in Brussels she was still saying that the “UK must deliver Brexit for the people”. Many of “the people”, those who comment on social media at least, are furious with her today for trying, as they see it, to pass the buck by refusing to accept any blame at all for what the Solicitor General has called “constitutional chaos”, and for being too rigid and refusing to contemplate any alternatives to her deal. MPs are spitting fire at what they consider to be her accusations of treachery on their part, and Commons Speaker John Bercow has himself defended MPs this lunchtime saying that in fact what they were doing was their job! “None of them is a traitor, all of you are doing your best. I believe passionately in the institution of parliament, in the rights and passions of the members of this house, and their commitment to their duty”, he said.

Jeremy Corbyn himself is coming in for some flak because of his behaviour last night at the Prime Minister’s meeting. His walking out because Umunna was present has been widely condemned as “immature”, and his attempt this morning at alleging it was merely “confusion” will hardly reassure voters who in the near future may be required to choose a new Government with him at the head of the main alternative to the present one.

Meanwhile, France is leading the support for Juncker’s tough line with the UK required to get MV3 through Parliament before any extension will be agreed. What was already looking like an uphill battle has today become nearer to an impossible dream with many of those May needs to support her deal alienated by her comments last night, and even the DUP, whose support appeared to have been secured again (allegedly after a further million Pound bung from the Chancellor), distancing themselves from the deal today.

If MV3 does get voted on, and then fails, it will be for the EU to offer a long extension to see what might be achieved, or for Parliament to decide what it can agree to perhaps by means of indicative votes. If both of these avenues fail, as France’s Macron has said only this lunchtime, it will be No Deal on Friday next week, eight days time.

Source Janet Anscombe: https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/brexit-negotiations-affecting-british-nationals-in-tenerife.html

Four Injured in Two Collisions

Four people are in hospital after two head-on collisions in Tenerife within a few hours last night. The first accident occurred on the TF47 near Playa La Arena in Guía de Isora, with emergency services called out just before 11pm to the incident in which a 77-year-old...

Flowered Easter Festival

Every Easter all eyes are on Adeje for its passion play (see HERE for last year’s article), but Guía de Isora has a unique and now internationally famous Easter programme, the star of which is the annual Pascua Florida. This sees the town’s streets filled with floral...

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

Adeje Ayuntamiento is always delighted to join in the range of events that take place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March and this year is no exception. On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Friday 16 March, for the sixth consecutive year, the town’s Plaza de España...

Elite Coordination to Help the Hard Up

The British Consulate in Tenerife recently held a workshop in the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia in the Las Torres area of Adeje. The idea was to help inform and coordinate the various agencies involved in helping British nationals when they run into problems in...

Brexit – Delays

Updated 14 March: After a series of votes this evening the House of Commons has rejected its chance to take control of the process and has instead approved a Government motion to request an extension from the EU until 30 June. Assuming they agree – and they may not...

Community Helps Resolve Crime Wave

I’ve heard the claims and arguments more times than I can count so this is neither an invitation nor an incitement for yet more “the police don’t care”, or “it doesn’t matter what you do they won’t do anything” arguments (in fact I make a direct request for those...

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The Brexit post: Government requests short extension to 30 June as Juncker suggests MV3 must succeed before it will be granted

The Brexit post: Government requests short extension to 30 June as Juncker suggests MV3 must succeed before it will be granted

Updated 20 March: Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed this morning that she has written to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council (heads of EU27), to request a short extension to 30 June: her letter is HERE. She told the House of Commons that as PM, she was “not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30 June”. She indicated that she was determined to hold another Meaningful Vote, and indeed EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker this morning said that MV3 would have to be passed before any extension could be agreed; May’s letter, however, requested the delay to be approved before putting MV3 to Parliament. If the delay is refused, or defeated again, or doesn’t actually take place with the Speaker maintaining his stance that it is unconstitutional without substantial change, or if the EU and UK can’t agree the order of delay approval and MV3, the UK is still looking at Brexit in nine days time.

Updated 19 March: After a fraught Cabinet meeting this morning, it seems that Theresa May is planning to write to the EU requesting a Brexit delay (as she was in any case instructed to do by her own amendment when it passed last Thursday). On the day that it is confirmed that Brexit has already caused 24 banks and €1.2 trillion in assets to move from the UK to the eurozone (link), the EU has met and concluded that it will need some sort of clear plan for it to grant an extension, and for a lengthy one the clear implication is that such a plan would have to include a second referendum or General Election. Barnier in press conference also made it clear that a request should either be for a long extension or a short one, not both: he said he was a simple soul and a thing could not be short and long at the same time. Unfortunately, there is little coming from London at present to suggest they know how long they need, nor in fact that there is any sort of plan at all; all sides, indeed, now seem agreed that the UK is fully in what the Solicitor General yesterday called “constitutional crisis”. What happens now is anyone’s guess, but Barnier’s press conference ended with him urging all sides to make final preparations for No Deal with the UK still set for departure, deal or not, in ten days.

Updated 18 March: The PM’s contemplation of whether she would have the votes to get her deal through the House of Commons on the third attempt or whether to pull it a second time has met the immovable object of Erskine May, the Parliamentary rulebook. This has been interpreted by the Speaker, John Bercow, as clearly ruling out an attempt to force a vote through more than once when the substance of the matter has not changed, or not changed substantially.

The Government is furious but is stuck between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the British Parliament, which now will not allow the Conservative Government to hold it in contempt (it has been found to have done so once only recently, and still over Brexit). The hard place is the EU, co-signatory to May’s Withdrawal Agreement. They are due to hold an EU summit on Thursday to discuss the “current situation”, arrangements which were made before the Speaker’s latest ruling which will no doubt be seen to complicate things even further.

May has been instructed by the success of her Government’s own motion last week to request a delay from the EU. Whether Bercow will see such a delay “substantially changes” the deal is another matter, and that anyway begs the question of whether the EU will grant one of more than a couple of months with European elections looming, and a grant of one less than a couple of months allows very little time for the UK to get anything sorted out.

And so, at this moment, the possible scenarios are that May will request a delay and present a renewed deal to the Commons with the Speaker agreeing to or rejecting the changes as “substantial”; if she does and he agrees, this will result in the deal being put to Parliament again. Otherwise not.  The Government could also prorrogue Parliament: this would almost certainly require the Queen to agree to a Government request to terminate this current session of Parliament and start another. This would allow Meaningful Vote 3 to take place because the rule is just that a defeated vote cannot be put back to Parliament unchanged within the same session.

Alternatively, the EU could grant an extension purely for an election, or a second referendum … or MV3 could be brought back with an approval referendum as an adjunct so that even if Parliament were to approve the Withdrawal Agreement, it would still have to be put to the country to approve. Whether that would be considered “substantial change” would also need to be determined. And of course, this all assumes EU agreement to a request for delay.

The speaker clearly chooses his moments for maximum impact. And the impact is, currently, maximum, at least in terms of confusion. And as things stand right now, the UK is set to leave the EU at 11pm in 11 days time.

Source Janet Anscombe: https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/brexit-negotiations-affecting-british-nationals-in-tenerife.html

Four Injured in Two Collisions

Four people are in hospital after two head-on collisions in Tenerife within a few hours last night. The first accident occurred on the TF47 near Playa La Arena in Guía de Isora, with emergency services called out just before 11pm to the incident in which a 77-year-old...

Flowered Easter Festival

Every Easter all eyes are on Adeje for its passion play (see HERE for last year’s article), but Guía de Isora has a unique and now internationally famous Easter programme, the star of which is the annual Pascua Florida. This sees the town’s streets filled with floral...

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

Adeje Ayuntamiento is always delighted to join in the range of events that take place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March and this year is no exception. On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Friday 16 March, for the sixth consecutive year, the town’s Plaza de España...

Elite Coordination to Help the Hard Up

The British Consulate in Tenerife recently held a workshop in the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia in the Las Torres area of Adeje. The idea was to help inform and coordinate the various agencies involved in helping British nationals when they run into problems in...

Brexit – Delays

Updated 14 March: After a series of votes this evening the House of Commons has rejected its chance to take control of the process and has instead approved a Government motion to request an extension from the EU until 30 June. Assuming they agree – and they may not...

Community Helps Resolve Crime Wave

I’ve heard the claims and arguments more times than I can count so this is neither an invitation nor an incitement for yet more “the police don’t care”, or “it doesn’t matter what you do they won’t do anything” arguments (in fact I make a direct request for those...

The Brexit post: Confusion complete as Speaker refuses Government to put Meaningful Vote 3 to Parliament

The Brexit post: Confusion complete as Speaker refuses Government to put Meaningful Vote 3 to Parliament

Updated 18 March: The PM’s contemplation of whether she would have the votes to get her deal through the House of Commons on the third attempt or whether to pull it a second time has met the immovable object of Erskine May, the Parliamentary rulebook. This has been interpreted by the Speaker, John Bercow, as clearly ruling out an attempt to force a vote through more than once when the substance of the matter has not changed, or not changed substantially.

The Government is furious but is stuck between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the British Parliament, which now will not allow the Conservative Government to hold it in contempt (it has been found to have done so once only recently, and still over Brexit). The hard place is the EU, co-signatory to May’s Withdrawal Agreement. They are due to hold an EU summit on Thursday to discuss the “current situation”, arrangements which were made before the Speaker’s latest ruling which will no doubt be seen to complicate things even further.

May has been instructed by the success of her Government’s own motion last week to request a delay from the EU. Whether Bercow will see such a delay “substantially changes” the deal is another matter, and that anyway begs the question of whether the EU will grant one of more than a couple of months with European elections looming, and a grant of one less than a couple of months allows very little time for the UK to get anything sorted out.

And so, at this moment, the possible scenarios are that May will request a delay and present a renewed deal to the Commons with the Speaker agreeing to or rejecting the changes as “substantial”; if she does and he agrees, this will result in the deal being put to Parliament again. Otherwise not.  The Government could also prorrogue Parliament: this would almost certainly require the Queen to agree to a Government request to terminate this current session of Parliament and start another. This would allow Meaningful Vote 3 to take place because the rule is just that a defeated vote cannot be put back to Parliament unchanged within the same session.

Alternatively, the EU could grant an extension purely for an election, or a second referendum … or MV3 could be brought back with an approval referendum as an adjunct so that even if Parliament were to approve the Withdrawal Agreement, it would still have to be put to the country to approve. Whether that would be considered “substantial change” would also need to be determined. And of course, this all assumes EU agreement to a request for delay.

The speaker clearly chooses his moments for maximum impact. And the impact is, currently, maximum, at least in terms of confusion. And as things stand right now, the UK is set to leave the EU at 11pm in 11 days time.

Source Janet Anscombe: https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/brexit-negotiations-affecting-british-nationals-in-tenerife.html

Four Injured in Two Collisions

Four people are in hospital after two head-on collisions in Tenerife within a few hours last night. The first accident occurred on the TF47 near Playa La Arena in Guía de Isora, with emergency services called out just before 11pm to the incident in which a 77-year-old...

Flowered Easter Festival

Every Easter all eyes are on Adeje for its passion play (see HERE for last year’s article), but Guía de Isora has a unique and now internationally famous Easter programme, the star of which is the annual Pascua Florida. This sees the town’s streets filled with floral...

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

Adeje Ayuntamiento is always delighted to join in the range of events that take place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March and this year is no exception. On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Friday 16 March, for the sixth consecutive year, the town’s Plaza de España...

Elite Coordination to Help the Hard Up

The British Consulate in Tenerife recently held a workshop in the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia in the Las Torres area of Adeje. The idea was to help inform and coordinate the various agencies involved in helping British nationals when they run into problems in...

Brexit – Delays

Updated 14 March: After a series of votes this evening the House of Commons has rejected its chance to take control of the process and has instead approved a Government motion to request an extension from the EU until 30 June. Assuming they agree – and they may not...

Community Helps Resolve Crime Wave

I’ve heard the claims and arguments more times than I can count so this is neither an invitation nor an incitement for yet more “the police don’t care”, or “it doesn’t matter what you do they won’t do anything” arguments (in fact I make a direct request for those...

Four Injured in Two Collisions

Four Injured in Two Collisions

Four people are in hospital after two head-on collisions in Tenerife within a few hours last night. The first accident occurred on the TF47 near Playa La Arena in Guía de Isora, with emergency services called out just before 11pm to the incident in which a 77-year-old man had received injuries to the head and a 36-year-old man had been wounded in the face. The elder man was taken to Hospiten Sur and the younger to Hospital Quirón Costa Adeje: neither is said to be in serious condition.

The second incident was far worse, however, with emergency services saying they were called out shortly before 5am this morning with reports that someone was trapped in their car in a frontal collision on the TF64 near El Salto in Granadilla. Bomberos attending the incident had to cut one of the two victims of their vehicle while ambulance crew found that a 25-year-old woman had received serious stomach injuries in the impact while the 70-year-old man in the other vehicle had received severe chest injuries. The woman was transferred to HUC and the man to Candelaria Hospital: both are said to be in grave condition.

Source  Janet Anscombe: https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/four-injured-two-severely-in-two-head-on-collisions-in-tenerife-within-six-hours-overnight.html

Four Injured in Two Collisions

Four people are in hospital after two head-on collisions in Tenerife within a few hours last night. The first accident occurred on the TF47 near Playa La Arena in Guía de Isora, with emergency services called out just before 11pm to the incident in which a 77-year-old...

Flowered Easter Festival

Every Easter all eyes are on Adeje for its passion play (see HERE for last year’s article), but Guía de Isora has a unique and now internationally famous Easter programme, the star of which is the annual Pascua Florida. This sees the town’s streets filled with floral...

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

Adeje Ayuntamiento is always delighted to join in the range of events that take place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March and this year is no exception. On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Friday 16 March, for the sixth consecutive year, the town’s Plaza de España...

Elite Coordination to Help the Hard Up

The British Consulate in Tenerife recently held a workshop in the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia in the Las Torres area of Adeje. The idea was to help inform and coordinate the various agencies involved in helping British nationals when they run into problems in...

Brexit – Delays

Updated 14 March: After a series of votes this evening the House of Commons has rejected its chance to take control of the process and has instead approved a Government motion to request an extension from the EU until 30 June. Assuming they agree – and they may not...

Community Helps Resolve Crime Wave

I’ve heard the claims and arguments more times than I can count so this is neither an invitation nor an incitement for yet more “the police don’t care”, or “it doesn’t matter what you do they won’t do anything” arguments (in fact I make a direct request for those...

Flowered Easter Festival

Flowered Easter Festival

Every Easter all eyes are on Adeje for its passion play (see HERE for last year’s article), but Guía de Isora has a unique and now internationally famous Easter programme, the star of which is the annual Pascua Florida. This sees the town’s streets filled with floral displays evoking the stations of the cross, as can be seen in the video below from a few years ago. In the old town centre itself, the plazas and pretty cobbled streets are filled with floral displays and contemporary art in a beautiful and moving visual representation of Christ’s journey through Jerusalem to the place of his crucifixion and death.

This year, the eleventh for the Pascua Florida, the displays will be on view in the casco – the oldest central part of Guía de Isora town – from 5pm on Maundy Thursday 18 April until Easter Sunday 21 April, with music and performances to accompany the floral displays. The Ayuntamiento says that this Easter floral tribute is unique in Spain, and in thematic and artistic terms Guía de Isora’s Pascua Florida has become almost as well known nationally as Adeje’s Pasión.

This year, for the first time, the council has announced an inaugural multi-disciplinary event on Saturday 13 April at 8.30pm in the town’s auditorium. The event is themed AMOR OMNIA VINCIT (Love Conquers All), and it’s described as a dreamy spectacle full of beauty, emotion and sensitivity bringing together dance, music and floral art in a performance set to surprise.

In addition to the displays themselves, Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento holds a photographic competition with monetary prizes. I’ll post details of this year’s in due course.

Four Injured in Two Collisions

Four people are in hospital after two head-on collisions in Tenerife within a few hours last night. The first accident occurred on the TF47 near Playa La Arena in Guía de Isora, with emergency services called out just before 11pm to the incident in which a 77-year-old...

Flowered Easter Festival

Every Easter all eyes are on Adeje for its passion play (see HERE for last year’s article), but Guía de Isora has a unique and now internationally famous Easter programme, the star of which is the annual Pascua Florida. This sees the town’s streets filled with floral...

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

Adeje Ayuntamiento is always delighted to join in the range of events that take place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March and this year is no exception. On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Friday 16 March, for the sixth consecutive year, the town’s Plaza de España...

Elite Coordination to Help the Hard Up

The British Consulate in Tenerife recently held a workshop in the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia in the Las Torres area of Adeje. The idea was to help inform and coordinate the various agencies involved in helping British nationals when they run into problems in...

Brexit – Delays

Updated 14 March: After a series of votes this evening the House of Commons has rejected its chance to take control of the process and has instead approved a Government motion to request an extension from the EU until 30 June. Assuming they agree – and they may not...

Community Helps Resolve Crime Wave

I’ve heard the claims and arguments more times than I can count so this is neither an invitation nor an incitement for yet more “the police don’t care”, or “it doesn’t matter what you do they won’t do anything” arguments (in fact I make a direct request for those...

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

Adeje Ayuntamiento is always delighted to join in the range of events that take place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March and this year is no exception. On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Friday 16 March, for the sixth consecutive year, the town’s Plaza de España will join the Global Greening – the wave of international buildings and iconic landmarks that are lit up in green to celebrate this most international of national festivals. Adeje plaza therefore joins with the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the London Eye, the Great Wall of China, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the One World Trade Centre in New York, Niagara Falls, the Chain Bridge in Budapest and Matsue Castle in Japan.

On St Patrick’s Day itself, Sunday 17 March, there will be a Mass in honour of St Patrick will be celebrated at midday in glesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (calle Siete Islas, Las Américas, Arona). And of course every bar and venue along the whole of Tenerife’s coast will either be naturally Irish, or honorary Irish, for the whole day … and night … . Enjoy St Patrick’s Day, however you celebrate it, this coming Sunday!

Four Injured in Two Collisions

Four people are in hospital after two head-on collisions in Tenerife within a few hours last night. The first accident occurred on the TF47 near Playa La Arena in Guía de Isora, with emergency services called out just before 11pm to the incident in which a 77-year-old...

Flowered Easter Festival

Every Easter all eyes are on Adeje for its passion play (see HERE for last year’s article), but Guía de Isora has a unique and now internationally famous Easter programme, the star of which is the annual Pascua Florida. This sees the town’s streets filled with floral...

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

Adeje Ayuntamiento is always delighted to join in the range of events that take place to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March and this year is no exception. On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, Friday 16 March, for the sixth consecutive year, the town’s Plaza de España...

Elite Coordination to Help the Hard Up

The British Consulate in Tenerife recently held a workshop in the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia in the Las Torres area of Adeje. The idea was to help inform and coordinate the various agencies involved in helping British nationals when they run into problems in...

Brexit – Delays

Updated 14 March: After a series of votes this evening the House of Commons has rejected its chance to take control of the process and has instead approved a Government motion to request an extension from the EU until 30 June. Assuming they agree – and they may not...

Community Helps Resolve Crime Wave

I’ve heard the claims and arguments more times than I can count so this is neither an invitation nor an incitement for yet more “the police don’t care”, or “it doesn’t matter what you do they won’t do anything” arguments (in fact I make a direct request for those...

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