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    • The latest polls show that Nigel Farage's "Brexit Party" is having more support than Conservatives and Labour combined. Oh my.

      Direct consequence? Pretty sure UK is about to break up, since Scotland will definitely have none of that nonsense.

    • Things are a little murky regarding partisanship. Both Labour and Tory members are fleeing because of dissatisfaction with their leaders' Brexit positions. In the recent local elections, both parties lost support--but especially the Tories. While the leaders claim that it showed that people just wanted to "get on with Brexit" the fact is that it was the Lib Dems and Greens that picked up the most seats, both of which oppose Brexit. Even the extreme right UKIP lost seats. Yet current polling for the European Parliament shows Farage with a strong support. We'll see what the actual results look like. It might just be an artifact of his one-dimensional appeal.

      As for Scotland leaving the UK, well, stay tuned. The Cameron government was reasonably confident that Scotland would reject independence, so they allowed the referendum to occur in 2014. You're certainly right that Scotland is opposed to Brexit, and that could make them want to leave the UK once it leaves the EU. But next time, they might not get permission, so it could turn into something like the Catalan situation in Spain. Even if it did manage to secure independence, it would take several years to become an EU member. And once in the EU, the whole Northern Ireland border issue would be replicated at the Scottish border with England. It might be more trouble than it's worth for Scotland.

    • Yep, Labour position on Brexit is such a colossal self-own, it's beyond belief. Corbyn single-handedly resurrected LibDems and Greens.

      Scotland leaving is not a matter if UK giving permission, there's not much they can do - situation is very different than in Spain. If Scots overwhelmingly decide to leave, what's UK going to do? Occupy them? And you can be sure the EU will trip over themselves to grant Scotland fast-track membership. As far as more trouble than it's worth, well, that remains to be seen.

    • The Scots could hold a referendum, but without the agreement of Westminster, it would not be legally binding. This is, in fact, quite similar to the situation in Catalunia, Spain. I agree that if push came to shove, an actual revolution/occupation seems unlikely. However, Scotland would have little chance of becoming an EU member if its exit from the UK was not by mutual accord. Spain would veto it for sure. None of the members favors unilateral dissolution of existing EU member states. So regardless of the legality, as a practical political matter Scotland needs approval from the UK. The alternative would leave them completely on their own, which seems a poor choice.

    • ungovernable Parliament

      May not be the best phrase, as the prime minister doesn't govern the parliament.

      May's gamble on the General election after becoming PM didn't pay off. The tories lost a lot seats, and effectively lost their majority, so in that respect parliament had difficulty in governing

    • She knew exactly what was she getting into, and then managed to do an absolutely terrible job with it. I say good riddance.

      I only feel sorry for the British people who will be handed an even worse deal, with Boris Johnson replacing her.

    • She was widely considered ineffective, but I'm not sure anyone else would have done any better. Speculation has it that Boris Johnson is up next. While there's a remote chance that could unite the opposition, he's more likely to guarantee a no-deal conclusion. It looks like Brexit is a bad idea whose time has come.

    • No doubting it was a difficult brief. However, in the infinite multiverse there is a version of reality where Ms May did prevail. Success was always possible in our reality but Ms May chose (i.e. was not forced) to act in a way that made this a non-starter.

      1. She was a "Remainer", so how likely was she to be able to deliver Brexit?

      2. She surrounded herself with "Remainer" advisers and a predominantly "Remainer" cabinet.

      3. She got through 3 Secretaries of State for Brexit - this should not be possible in a closed issue.

      4. Her third Brexit Secretary resigned after Ms May agreed the terms of a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU that he was largely unaware of. Why would Ms May adopt such a despotic approach to negotiation in a parliamentary democracy? Could it be it was because she was not intending to act democratically (see point 1)?

      5. She agreed terms of a Withdrawal Agreement in secret, surely knowing that it would never receive majority support. This suggests she is utterly out of touch with her electorate and her party.

      6. She took "no-deal" off the table. Even the weakest negotiator will tell you that, if you give away your currency of negotiation, you will not get a deal. Ms May was obviously under the impression she was playing "happy families", rather than poker.

      It did not have to be the way it is ended up. Whilst I do not discount the very real difficulties faced when negotiating with 650 loose-lipped and self-serving idiots telegraphing your every move, Ms May could have made a better job of it. She is rightly being held accountable for that.

    • This is so on the nose:

      I cannot imagine what hell it must be like to be a reasonable person living in the UK these days...

    • My daughter lives in Edinburgh. She and her friends seem to be resigned to a no-deal exit, mostly because Parliament seems incapable of anything else. Well, not exactly resigned, as she is joining the SNP (which opposes Brexit). She opposed independence in 2014, but Brexit has changed the calculus for her and many others, apparently.

    • There's very little chance that Johnson will avoid a no-deal conclusion, partly because there's little reason to think he wants to. John Oliver featured him in the main segment yesterday:

    • Ugh, that was a hard read but super informative. Depressing and so similar to our situation in the U.S.

    • It's funny as I just listened to a podcast below today.. I was then trying to make a connection to see how "powerful" we are as species, where we are at and where we are heading.

    • He's controversial but impressive. Makes you really think. I've read all his books and watched his talks, listened to his interviews, and I always come away with my brain churning. He had a really hard time getting his books published, but they really sold.

    • Finished reading his "Homo Deus" over a recent vacation. Thought-provoking in spades. This is the sort of thing that should be on schools' reading lists.