The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

Updated 10 September: I normally only update this post when there is firm information or an announcement, but with 51 days to Brexit, I thought a summary might be welcomed. We are hopefully at maximum chaos with calmer waters to come, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

As of last night, Parliament has been suspended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for five weeks. In scenes that must be unprecedented in modern political history, there was even a debate in the House of Commons about whether he was actually going to attempt to subvert an Act of Parliament requiring him to request an extension to Brexit, probably to next January, but in any case to allow time to try to achieve or pass a Withdrawal Agreement. This is essential because the same Act, which blocks No Deal, yesterday received the Queen’s Royal Assent. It is now law, and No Deal is blocked.

None the less, the PM says the UK is still leaving the EU on 31 October whether there is a deal or not, and that he would rather die in a ditch than ask for the extension he must request. This has left many Parliamentary and legal sources saying it is inconceivable that the PM could break the law in either of these respects, either to force a No Deal Brexit, or somehow to scupper the request for the extension: inconceivable it may be, but how much else have we seen lately that was previously considered unimaginable?

Meanwhile, Johnson has been in Ireland, trying to find some kind of breakthrough to the impasse surrounding the Irish border. The Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said in unmistakably clear terms that the backstop – the Platonic form of unicorns the Classics-familiar PM might call it – is not negotiable, it cannot go. As one journalist reminded the PM, he might be happy to be “dead in a ditch” but he was actively undermining arrangements that have preserved peace in a region where hundreds have done precisely that, literally, until only recently.

But the presence of the backstop is a deal breaker for the ERG, not that the deal isn’t broken for other reasons anyway, so there seems zero chance of getting it through Parliament, and apparently there are no new negotiations going on for any other deal despite Government claims that there are. And so this Parliament is in the absurd position of the Government wanting an election while claiming it doesn’t, and being unable to force one, and the Opposition claiming it wants one while it actually doesn’t, at least not right now, and being strong enough to stop the PM calling one.

And with the UK heading at full steam, in 51 days, to a No Deal deadline that it cannot now allow, and with no feasible deal in sight, and without Parliament being able to sit to debate and decide matters further for another five weeks, someone needs to pull out the rabbit that is no doubt cowering in the depths of Jacob Rees Mogg’s top hat. And quickly.

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

Updated 10 September: I normally only update this post when there is firm information or an announcement, but with 51 days to Brexit, I thought a summary might be welcomed. We are hopefully at maximum chaos with calmer waters to come, but I wouldn’t bet on it. As of...

This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 29 August: This weekend has a couple of fiestas in south Tenerife and a couple of very popular cultural events in north Tenerife. For tomorrow until Sunday, there is the Bavarian week and Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz and the Pinolere ethnographic village...

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

Updated 22 August 2019: Hugh Elliott, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1989, succeeds Simon Manley as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra. The Ambassador takes up this new role having previously been Director of...

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The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

The Brexit post: Deputy Head of Mission visiting Tenerife next week to discuss residents being Brexit-ready

Updated 5 September: The British Consulate has announced that the FCO’s Deputy Head of Mission, Tim Hemmings, will be in Tenerife next week to talk to us about being resident in Tenerife and being Brexit-ready. The discussion will be in Los Cristianos Cultural Centre (Sala Chasna) at 3pm a week today, Thursday 12 September.

Source: Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

Updated 10 September: I normally only update this post when there is firm information or an announcement, but with 51 days to Brexit, I thought a summary might be welcomed. We are hopefully at maximum chaos with calmer waters to come, but I wouldn’t bet on it. As of...

This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 29 August: This weekend has a couple of fiestas in south Tenerife and a couple of very popular cultural events in north Tenerife. For tomorrow until Sunday, there is the Bavarian week and Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz and the Pinolere ethnographic village...

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

Updated 22 August 2019: Hugh Elliott, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1989, succeeds Simon Manley as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra. The Ambassador takes up this new role having previously been Director of...

Police investigate what appears to be a murder-suicide case in La Laguna

Police investigate what appears to be a murder-suicide case in La Laguna

Police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide case in La Laguna after the body of a 54-year-old woman was found on Sunday in her house in the town, and in a separate discovery, the body of the man, also 54, thought to be her partner was also found hanged. Police have said that they don’t have any record of denuncias issued in the past, and so further clarity will hopefully be provided after the results of the autopsy are released. Until that point, police say they can’t actively classify it as a case of domestic violence.

 

Source: Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

Updated 10 September: I normally only update this post when there is firm information or an announcement, but with 51 days to Brexit, I thought a summary might be welcomed. We are hopefully at maximum chaos with calmer waters to come, but I wouldn’t bet on it. As of...

This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 29 August: This weekend has a couple of fiestas in south Tenerife and a couple of very popular cultural events in north Tenerife. For tomorrow until Sunday, there is the Bavarian week and Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz and the Pinolere ethnographic village...

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

Updated 22 August 2019: Hugh Elliott, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1989, succeeds Simon Manley as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra. The Ambassador takes up this new role having previously been Director of...

Canarian Government declares climate emergency in the islands as prelude to new climate change legislation

Canarian Government declares climate emergency in the islands as prelude to new climate change legislation

The new Canarian Government has approved the Declaration of Climate Emergency in the Canary Islands, an agreement that commits the regional Government to streamlined policies to deal with the global threat. The declaration is at the instigation of the Department of Ecological Transition, Combating Climate Change and Territorial Planning, directed by José Antonio Valbuena, and its main purpose is to speed up the procedures and approval of the Canarian Climate Change Law, which Valbuena calls “a fundamental tool for the future of the biodiversity, ecosystems, economy and future generations in the Canaries”.

The legislation will encompass objectives including the Canaries becoming 100% reliant on renewable electricity, as is currently the case only in El Hierro, as well as implementing carbon absorption mechanisms in Canarian marine, land and air environments, reducing energy demands to sustainable levels, promoting increased energy efficiency, supporting research into climate change and creating educational and information spaces for the public.

An additional benefit for Valbuena is that the new legislation will also favour the creation of a green economy and a whole new area of employment, creating a niche sector of job opportunities yet to be explored here. The new law will be compatible with legislation passed by the national Government, and the regional authorities believe it will have the broad consensus of both Canarian society and the islands’ scientific community.

The seven Cabildos and 88 Ayuntamientos in the archipelago will also be involved in the implementation process, and now that so many are of the same party, the PSOE, which indeed is also in power nationally, there is fair prospect of effective policies being not just passed but implemented to adapt to the impact of climate heating and to attempt to mitigate it.

Source: Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

Updated 10 September: I normally only update this post when there is firm information or an announcement, but with 51 days to Brexit, I thought a summary might be welcomed. We are hopefully at maximum chaos with calmer waters to come, but I wouldn’t bet on it. As of...

This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 29 August: This weekend has a couple of fiestas in south Tenerife and a couple of very popular cultural events in north Tenerife. For tomorrow until Sunday, there is the Bavarian week and Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz and the Pinolere ethnographic village...

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

Updated 22 August 2019: Hugh Elliott, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1989, succeeds Simon Manley as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra. The Ambassador takes up this new role having previously been Director of...

This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 29 August: This weekend has a couple of fiestas in south Tenerife and a couple of very popular cultural events in north Tenerife. For tomorrow until Sunday, there is the Bavarian week and Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz and the Pinolere ethnographic village arts and crafts fair – a chance not only to see some lovely characteristically Canarian artisan works but also to get a taste of a real Guanche village and how life was lived in it. In the south, on Sunday itself, there are two very popular sea-focused fiestas, with Los Abrigos’ fiestas patronales de San Blas – Romería Barquera and the Embarkation of Los Cristianos’ Virgen del Carmen fiesta in the harbour with fireworks afterwards. However you spend the weekend, have a lovely time.

Source; Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

Updated 10 September: I normally only update this post when there is firm information or an announcement, but with 51 days to Brexit, I thought a summary might be welcomed. We are hopefully at maximum chaos with calmer waters to come, but I wouldn’t bet on it. As of...

This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 29 August: This weekend has a couple of fiestas in south Tenerife and a couple of very popular cultural events in north Tenerife. For tomorrow until Sunday, there is the Bavarian week and Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz and the Pinolere ethnographic village...

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

Updated 22 August 2019: Hugh Elliott, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1989, succeeds Simon Manley as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra. The Ambassador takes up this new role having previously been Director of...

Last day for special price registration for runners in the Santa Cruz marathon 2019

Last day for special price registration for runners in the Santa Cruz marathon 2019

Updated 31 August: Organizers have reminded prospective participants in the Santa Cruz marathon on 10 November that today is the final day for registration at the special prices. Runners will still be able to register after today but the price will increase. Just click HEREto register.

Original post 15 April: The starting pistol hasn’t been fired but the flag has been raised for this year’s Santa Cruz marathon on Sunday 10 November, the sixth time the race has been run. As in previous years, the route will be divided into different length courses of 8, 21 and 42 km, all passing through or by the city’s main squares and monuments. The marathon has a Facebook page HERE, a twitter account HERE, and a main website HERE.

Source: Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

The Brexit post: summary of latest chaos

Updated 10 September: I normally only update this post when there is firm information or an announcement, but with 51 days to Brexit, I thought a summary might be welcomed. We are hopefully at maximum chaos with calmer waters to come, but I wouldn’t bet on it. As of...

This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 29 August: This weekend has a couple of fiestas in south Tenerife and a couple of very popular cultural events in north Tenerife. For tomorrow until Sunday, there is the Bavarian week and Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz and the Pinolere ethnographic village...

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

New British ambassador arrives in Spain

Updated 22 August 2019: Hugh Elliott, a member of the UK’s Diplomatic Service since 1989, succeeds Simon Manley as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra. The Ambassador takes up this new role having previously been Director of...

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