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Prime Minister Theresa May leaves from the rear of 10 Downing Street on Monday. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)

Parliament rejects soft Brexit, second referendum
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Now for a Brexit update: Things are still a mess! On Monday, UK members of Parliament ended up rejecting four different alternative options to Prime Minister Theresa May’s unpopular Brexit plan. The options included two proposals to keep Britain in a customs union with the European Union that narrowly missed out on a majority.

Today, May will hold a mammoth five-hour meeting of her Cabinet to try to bust the deadlock and possibly get her Withdrawal Agreement back into consideration. Rumors have also swirled that the Prime Minister is considering a snap election as one way of getting more clarity on the whole situation.

The UK government has denied that this could be an option, but hey, they’re approaching serious crunch time. If no deal or agreement is reached, the UK will crash out of the European Union on April 12th. 

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PM's deal will 'damage the union'

Brexit mess: Montserrat LegAss mess

Brexit mess How did we get here and what could come next?

And Montserrat Assembly, we know how it got there, but what will happen next?

See: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/the-brexit-and-legislative-assembly-mess-cumulating-same-day/

by Bennette Roach

In his analysis of the future for Brexit, Mark Stone says a deal is still possible but it won’t be easy.

By Mark Stone, Europe correspondent in Brussels

Image: Is there still hope for a Brexit deal with the European Union?

Let’s take a step back.

There are two documents at the heart of the Brexit debacle: One is 585 pages, dense and legally binding.

The other is 26 pages, aspirational and not legally binding.

The long one is the withdrawal agreement and it is the divorce deal. It tackles three key areas – citizens (what happens to them after Brexit?), money (how much does the UK owe the club it’s leaving?) and the Irish border (what happens to that after Brexit, given that it becomes an EU border?).

The short one is the political declaration and it deals with the future relationship the UK wants with the EU after Brexit.

For simplicity here, I’ll call them “the long one” and “the short one”.

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The long one is, as I said, legally binding. It’s the EU’s method of legally tying up loose ends created by Brexit.

It was negotiated by both sides over two years and agreed by the 27 remaining EU countries and by the UK.

It contains the “demon” known as the backstop. “Remind me what that is again?”, I hear you ask.

It’s an insurance clause designed to ensure that the border between Ireland (in the EU) and Northern Ireland (exiting the EU) remains open and free of infrastructure in all circumstances. This is to ensure the integrity of the EU’s single market while also honouring the principles of the Good Friday peace agreement.

To achieve its aim, the backstop, if activated (in the absence of UK/EU free trade deal), locks the UK in a customs union with the EU until alternative arrangements, which meet the same ends as the backstop (no border) are found.

Brexiteers hate the backstop because, far from allowing the UK to “take back control”, it locks the UK to the EU until alternative arrangements (which they say are available now) are realised.


We’re reaching the limits of this process’

The short document is not legally binding. It is a set of aspirations for the sort of relationship the UK and the EU want to have post-Brexit.

At the moment the short document is styled towards Theresa May’s form of Brexit. It doesn’t aspire to a so-called soft Brexit which would see the UK in a form of customs union and/or single market.

It is in keeping with Mrs May’s pledge to stop free movement of people and allow the UK to pursue its own trade deals.

The short and long document together – the deal – have been voted on twice in so-called meaningful votes. They were voted down both times.

Mrs May has allowed the clock to tick down and been able to present the choice as her deal versus no Brexit or a very delayed Brexit (after a majority of MPs rejected allowing no deal to happen – though legally it still could).

In her latest attempt to get the deal through, Mrs May asked MPs to vote only on the big document. Only that document needs a positive vote in order to secure Brexit.

It still didn’t go through. Some Brexiteers held their nose and voted for it but some didn’t and Labour decided it was a “blind Brexit” because it didn’t contain the short document on the future (even though they didn’t like the current contents of that document).

So what now?

Well – firstly – it’s really very very hard to accurately predict anything at the moment.

The two new key dates are 10 April (when the EU has called all leaders to Brussels for an emergency summit) and 12 April which is, ostensibly, the new 29 March – no-deal Brexit day.

Between now and 10 April, the UK has to come up with a plan B.

The central question is: “Will the UK take part in the European Parliament elections?”

If the UK wants a longer extension – which is now almost the only alternative to a no deal rupture – then it must commit to taking part in the elections which are on 24 May.

Why? Because if the UK continues to be a member of the EU after those elections then, legally and democratically, it must have MEPs in the European Parliament.

If the UK commits to those elections (a hard/impossible pill to swallow for Britons who voted leave) then the EU will probably grant a long extension at that 10 April summit.

But there is a view gaining traction among some in governments across the EU that the time is fast approaching to cut the UK loose.

No breakthrough: Brexit vote results in full

The pendulum on the risk/benefit analysis of no deal (very damaging) versus long extension (continued paralysis) is moving.

If the UK committed to the European Parliament elections but had no plan B for sealing an exit deal then it might not be enough to secure the extension.

The EU doesn’t want to prolong the uncertainty. They want a credible, deliverable alternative path from Westminster.

Back to the documents. Remember that while the long document is closed and can’t be changed, the short one can be rewritten in a matter of days.

Therefore, if as a consequence of the indicative votes process where MPs are whittling down the future relationship options they are prepared to countenance an option which gets the thumbs-up from a majority of MPs, then we could be back in business for a deal or a guaranteed extension.

PM’s deal will ‘damage the union’

The next indicative vote round is on Monday. At the last one, both a second referendum and membership of a customs union came close to a majority.

If either one secured a majority next week then the short document could be rewritten by UK and EU negotiators to reflect that.

The short document and the long one could then be married together again and voted on late next week.

That could result in the deal passing.

Many Brexiteers, who held their noses and voted for the long document at this last vote, would probably not do so again (they hate both a customs union and a second referendum) but many on the opposition benches who didn’t vote for the long document this time probably would vote for it.

If the customs union option formed the basis of the new short document then there is still the prospect that Brexit could happen on 22 May – the original extension granted by the EU.

That scenario would mean the UK doesn’t need to take part in the European Parliament elections because they don’t take place until 23 May.

If the confirmatory referendum option was chosen then a longer extension would be required and so too would participation in the European elections.

There is, of course, a snag. Now that Mrs May has committed to stepping down if her deal goes through, many pro-EU MPs will fear that a harder line Brexiteer replaces her and then, down the line, rips up the reworked shorter document.

In that scenario, the future relationship negotiations would break down and the backstop would come into effect – which would be that future Brexiteer prime minister’s nightmare.

Honestly, though by the time you read this, anything could have happened. I haven’t even mentioned a general election.

The Brexit and Legislative Assembly mess cumulating same day
The Brexit and Legislative Assembly mess cumulating same day

See for Legislative Assembly mess: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/the-brexit-and-legislative-assembly-mess-cumulating-same-day/

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The Brexit and Legislative Assembly mess cumulating same day


Editorial – March 29, 2019

Today was supposed to be Brexit Day which eventually was postponed, for reasons we tried to inform as per our front page story as ‘Brexit mess: How did we get here. But we also expose what was or is, also a mess with our Parliament (Legislative Assembly – LegAss).

It was surprising that after the big mouthed or rather loud mouthed questions regarding Brexit and Montserrat (OTs), there was none regarding Brexit on the very day the whole of Britain was marching and arguing pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit; to include those calling for 2nd Referendum.

The Premier, Donaldson Romeo did give a Statement where he dealt with the serious matters contained in the Imposition laws affecting the Overseas Territories Constitutions. The issues arose out of the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) report following their six-months plus old Inquiry.

The matter being looked at specifically, and which affects all or most of the OTs, is concerned with ‘beneficial ownership’ of companies.

However what we would highlight coming out of all the Brexit mess is the one fact that finally we note is getting some attention is that ‘people’ are highlighting people held a counter-demo coming together both leavers & remainers against far-right attempts to use the #BrexitDay crisis to whip up racism. Stand Up To Racism‏ @AntiRacismDay.

Then there was also highlighted the fact, not spoken much of before, that the Brexit campaign was dishonestly conducted and at no time did the Brexit proponents, knowingly or otherwise, tell of the disasters that might lie ahead.

One general position held, “amazement at how many Brits don’t know about the astounding database of EU myths collected over 25 years: the myths that badly educated half of ‘the people’ of Britain about the EU (link: https://blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/euromyths-a-z-index/) blogs.ec.europa.eu/ECintheUK/euro… #Brexit #BrexitDay

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 The general idea of now the facts and lies and false and misleading arguments have been expose: “Parliament votes 286-344, rejecting Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a *3rd time* Now that May has had 3 attempts at getting her deal through…we, the electorate, should be granted a #PeoplesVote now that the facts around Brexit have changed.

Popular Sadiq Khan @SadiqKhan had this to say, “Theresa May’s #Brexit deal was a bad deal for jobs, our economy and for communities in London. Her deal is now dead. The PM must now do the right thing – immediately revoke Article 50 and give the British public the final say on Brexit.” #BrexitDay – the general thought.

What of Montserrat’s Legislative Assembly mess? The business of the house for some time has been carried live, that aspect as is allowed for public consumption. But, today there are people whose interest has waned because of the ‘poor’ behaviour and discourses that occur at almost every sitting. There seems never to be one that the people can take away anything, that is of such that warrants any further debate or follow up, other than wait for the next opportunity to see if anything would be different, only because there are those of us who should have an interest one way or the another.

This time, legislators became so emotional because they differed with the Speaker’s rulings and/or admonitions, to the point of reportedly using bad or foul language, and walking out of the Assembly. The kind of behaviour which as far as we understand can have serious outcomes for the members involved and their dishonourable behaviour.

Has it ever been like this, or are we either expecting too much or just plain making something out of nothing? At the risk of being wrong, we do believe that the answer to the question is that something has gone very wrong, and we expect to hear that corrective and most likely some punitive action should take place.

It is now inconsequential that we think this mess has been brewing, nor who has been responsible. That has gone on for too long. It is not even too distant to believe that the former left (one of his reasons) because he saw this coming.

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Brexit Day

Sadiq Khan‏Verified account @SadiqKhan Mar 29

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Theresa May’s #Brexit deal was a bad deal for jobs, our economy and for communities in London. Her deal is now dead. The PM must now do the right thing – immediately revoke Article 50 and give the British public the final say on Brexit. #BrexitDay

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Prof Tanja Bueltmann‏ @cliodiaspora Mar 29

Today may not be #BrexitDay, but in many ways the damage is done. For me, my sense of home is forever changed. And feeling safe is a feeling of the past. My most personal article — one befitting this day, Brexit or not. https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/29/its-the-day-we-were-meant-to-leave-the-eu-and-i-no-longer-feel-safe-9044371/?ito=article.amp.share.top.twitter … via @MetroUK

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Allison McCann‏Verified account @atmccann Mar 29

I couldn’t keep updating my own Brexit flowchart, so I talked to the guy that made 27 versions instead #brexitday

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·  CNN‏Verified account @CNN Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes @LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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The Telegraph‏Verified account @Telegraph Mar 29

.@Nigel_Farage: Only a revolution can save British politics now #BrexitDay

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The Green Party‏Verified account @TheGreenParty Mar 29

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Need some tonic for the #Brexitday chaos? Here’s some great news for our environment

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garycom‏ @garycom101 Mar 29

Pro-Brexit group really regrets holding second referendum poll https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/27/pro-brexit-group-really-regrets-holding-second-referendum-poll-9035987/?ito=article.mweb.share.top.twitter … via @MetroUK #BrexitDay #VoteNo29March #Brexit #bbcqt

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Telegraph Politics‏Verified account @TelePolitics Mar 29

The Independent Group will become political a party called Change UK and contest EU elections LIVE #BrexitDay news: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/brexit-latest-news-theresa-may-final-push-mps-prepare-vote-withdrawal/ …

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Telegraph Politics‏Verified account @TelePolitics Mar 29

‘The public’s relationship with politics is irreparably damaged’ – How are you feeling on #BrexitDay? Telegraph readers have their say https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/publics-relationship-politics-irreparably-damaged-feeling/ …

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ITV News‏Verified account @itvnews Mar 29

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab says he ‘does not feel guilty at all’ that on #BrexitDay he will not be backing the Withdrawal Agreement, but says he does not ‘advocate any delay’ on the UK leaving the EU https://bit.ly/2WsyEUQ 

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Liberal Democrats‏Verified account @LibDems Mar 29

ANOTHER embarrassing defeat for Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Enough is enough. It’s time to end this mess – join our campaign for a People’s Vote now > http://www.libdems.org.uk/exit-brexit  #Brexitday #WithdrawalAgreement

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The Telegraph‏Verified account @Telegraph Mar 29

Tin-eared Theresa May got us into this mess, but Remainers are just as much to blame | Janet Daley #BrexitDay

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jαισον δθμα‏ @jaisonduma Mar 29

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Ten years ago this went on display Happy #BrexitDay enjoy ….. Banksy artwork depicting MPs as chimps put on display ‘to mark Brexit day’

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Essex History Dept‏ @essexhistory Mar 29

For proponents of Brexit, World War II has come to frame the narrative about why Britain must leave the European Union – and why anything less is unacceptable. Why does the war loom so large in the debate? With contributions from @LucyNoakes1 https://bit.ly/2WwaHMk  #BrexitDay

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euronews‏Verified account @euronews Mar 29

On #BrexitDay, Bristol Museum put Banksy’s Devolved Parliament on display to mark its 10-year anniversary.

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Slipped Halo‏ @SlippedH 22h22 hours ago

Reports coming in that May wants a Fourth Vote on her terrible deal next week! For God’s sake woman, just GO ! https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17536802.reports-theresa-may-to-schedule-fourth-vote-on-her-withdrawal-agreement-next-week/ … #BrexitDay

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Al Jazeera English‏Verified account @AJEnglish Mar 29

Al Jazeera English Retweeted Al Jazeera News

BREAKING: PM Theresa’s May’s Brexit deal suffers yet another defeat https://aje.io/fsu3f  #BrexitDay

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LIVE: British politicians vote on withdrawal agreement on the day UK was supposed to be leaving the EU. #BrexitDay For more: https://aje.io/cuaa6  https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1zqKVOjLypMGB …

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🚀‏ @Kinectricity 24h24 hours ago

On #BrexitDay, here’s another great column by the fab @samrenke from last week on how…”The impact of #Brexit on #disabled people’s lives is not a Government priority”: https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/19/the-impact-of-brexit-on-disabled-peoples-lives-is-not-a-government-priority-8927999/ … Eloquent and insightful, as ever. #disability #DisabledLivesMatter #WeDeserveBetter

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Police across Britain brace for disorder after far-right protesters threaten to riot on what would have been Brexit day ‘We’ll make Paris riots look like a f***ing tea party’ #BrexitDay

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CNN International‏Verified account @cnni Mar 29

Protesters have begun gathering outside UK Parliament. Multiple rallies are planned for today: https://cnn.it/2FK4siB  #BrexitDay

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Former Bank of England boss #MervynKing has said Britain SHOULD leave the EU with no deal. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1106986/Brexit-news-no-deal-Theresa-May-Bank-of-England-Mervyn-King-today-deal-vote-EU-UK-BBC …

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🇪🇺‏ @kiasazand 4h4 hours ago

Vote Leave quietly drops appeal against referendum spending fine – on Brexit Day https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-vote-leave-drops-appeal-14205626?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar … #VoteLeaveBrokeTheLaw #BrexitDay #Cheats

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AFP news agency‏Verified account @AFP 9h9 hours ago

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Thousands of protesters massed outside the British parliament on #BrexitDay shouting “Give our kingdom back” and “Free Britain now” as they accused MPs of betraying the result of the 2016 #Brexit referendum http://u.afp.com/JcqS  @lealolivas @TolgaAkmen @niklashallen

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·  David Ojcius‏ @ojcius 13h13 hours ago

The Man Trying to Make Sense of #Brexit Is Tired and Would Like to Stop Now https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/world/europe/brexit-flowchart-confusion.html … #BrexitDay

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US Democracy‏ @usdemocracy1 Mar 29

Today may not be #BrexitDay, but in many ways the damage is done. For me, my sense of home is forever changed. And feeling safe is a feeling of the past. My most personal article — one befitting this day, #Brexit or not. https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/29/its-the-day-we-were-meant-to-leave-the-eu-and-i-no-longer-feel-safe-9044371/?ito=article.amp.share.top.twitter … … via @MetroUK

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US Democracy‏ @usdemocracy1 Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes @LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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Queen’s Park Media‏ @ThisQueensPark Mar 29

Britain is plunged into crazy chaos as Theresa May loses Brexit vote for 3rd time and on #BrexitDay. MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47752017 …

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Dan Clark‏ @Dan_Clark5 Mar 29

It’s happened again #BrexitDay https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/brexit-vote-humiliation-for-may-as-mps-reject-deal-for-third-time-068sj3mz3 …

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ITV News‏Verified account @itvnews Mar 29

After the 58-vote defeat for Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement – on what was meant to be #BrexitDay – what happens next? https://www.itv.com/news/2019-03-29/brexit-what-happens-next/ …

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Al Jazeera English‏Verified account @AJEnglish Mar 29

Embattled PM Theresa May suffers a third major defeat on Brexit as the UK heads for a ‘no-deal’ exit on April 12 https://aje.io/g767x  #BrexitDay

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·  Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

March 29 2019 – remember this date as it will likely go down in history as the day Brexit died. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1107239/brexit-news-latest-vote-no-deal-theresa-may-UK-EU-protest-brexit-day-betrayal …

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·  Economist MoGrapher‏ @MotionNino Mar 29

Theresa May’s departure will leave the course of Brexit as radically uncertain as it has ever been. Our cover in Britain this week The Economist https://econ.st/2FGPlXa  #BrexitDay #RemainDay #Brexit

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

#BREXIT VOTE LIVE: May issues final PLEA before crunch vote – VOTING BEGINS https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk … #BrexitDay

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

.@Nigel_Farage demands a political revolution to save Brexit as he brands March 29 ‘a day of shame’. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1107122/Brexit-news-Nigel-Farage-EU-UK-withdrawal-revolution-Theresa-May-vote-today-extension …

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·  CNN International‏Verified account @cnni Mar 29

Up to 13 separate protests are scheduled in London on what was meant to be #BrexitDay, Westminster Council says, and police are bracing

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Newz Bank Plus‏ @newzbankplus Mar 29

Brexit day, UK Parliament to hold third Brexit vote on Friday https://aje.io/rucyr  #BrexitDay

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HuffPost UK‏Verified account @HuffPostUK Mar 29

Not just #BrexitDay – Friday 29 March is also a day with massive cause for celebration – as it’s the five year anniversary of the first same-sex wedding in the UK. @SCFGallagher spoke to 5 couples about what it means to them http://huffp.st/q5EqY1n 

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·  Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Bercow BLOCKED IT: Geoffrey Cox blames speaker for #Brexit shambles #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk …

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Telegraph Politics‏Verified account @TelePolitics Mar 29

Deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds appears to have just confirmed that his party will vote against the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal LIVE #BrexitDay updates: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/brexit-latest-news-theresa-may-final-push-mps-prepare-vote-withdrawal/ …

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Today should have been a historic, inspirational moment as the country finally embraced independence, but instead, it’s shambolic, says Leo McKinstry. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/leo-mckinstry/1106979/brexit-uk-politics-battle-brexit-day-historic-but-shambolic-comment …

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·  Fabian ‏ @JustASpaniel 23h23 hours ago

This looks pathetic. Remains march saw BLOCKS tightly packed with people. Leave? A garden and an adjoining intersection, lightly seasoned with people. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47751805 … #BrexitDay

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News Zapper‏ @NewsZapper Mar 29

#BrexitDay #VoteDownTheDeal MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286, defeated by 58 votes. Corbyn: If PM can’t accept a new deal, she must go Farage : This is the end of the road for Theresa May EU: #NoDeal Brexit outcome now likely https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47752017 …

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How unconscious economists define GROWTH: ‘British consumers spent more than they earned for a record ninth consecutive quarter, offsetting flagging business investment to sustain economic growth…’ MOAR debt is NOT growth! #BrexitDay Bravo! https://www.ft.com/content/9de0ec52-5205-11e9-9c76-bf4a0ce37d49 …

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Maxine Taylor‏ @maxinetaylor_ Mar 29

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WHY #Brexit : EU FAILED 2compete globally since inception-FACT(graph)& insanity to stay UK £’s to prop up EU failing economy: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-22/german-factory-slump-drags-down-euro-area-growth-in-march … https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/news/world/1087235/eu-news-eurozone-euro-gdp-economy-forecasts-global-germany-recession-spt/amp … We LOSE our democratic rights/control if stay in EU https://youtu.be/UTMxfAkxfQ0  #BrexitDay #NoDeal

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Declan Cashin‏Verified account @Tweet_Dec Mar 29

Sounds like there’s one more option you could pursue that you haven’t mentioned, Theresa #BrexitDay #RemainDay via https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2019/mar/29/brexit-debate-latest-developments-live-news-may-at-risk-of-fresh-defeat-as-mps-debate-withdrawal-agreement-for-third-time-live-news …

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

#BREXIT VOTE LIVE: Now what?! May suffers HUMILIATION as EU exit agreement rejected AGAIN #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk …

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Paul Stewart‏ @PaulStewartII Mar 29

Angst and anger reign on the Brexit day that wasn’t https://nbcnews.to/2TE61SN  #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles #BrexitIsBroken

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Dr. Jenny Gove‏ @jennylg Mar 29

Comparison of @FT readers preferences for #Brexit and the votes from Parliament. “Just over 70 per cent of respondents favoured revoking the Article 50 exit process altogether.” https://www.ft.com/content/3db363e6-5192-11e9-b401-8d9ef1626294 … #RevokeArticle50Now #BrexitDay #EUDay

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Belfast Telegraph‏Verified account @BelTel Mar 29

Now Raab will vote for May’s #BrexitDay withdrawal motion – ‘cannot countenance longer extension’ https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/live-updates-dominic-raab-will-vote-for-mays-brexit-withdrawal-motion-cannot-countenance-longer-extension-37963168.html …

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Irish Examiner‏Verified account @irishexaminer Mar 29

Brexit: What happens next? By @MaritaMoloney #BrexitDay #Brexit https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/brexit-what-happens-next-914128.html#.XJ4WpRm-KMI.twitter …

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The Brightside‏ @TheBrightsideHP Mar 29

Not just #BrexitDay – Friday 29 March is also a day with massive cause for celebration – as it’s the five year anniversary of the first same-sex wedding in the UK. @SCFGallagher spoke to 5 couples about what it means to them http://huffp.st/SRetoP3 

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Sundancin’ Paul‏ @Sundancer_UK Mar 29

Police brace for disorder after far-right protesters threaten to riot on what would have been #Brexit day http://a.msn.com/01/en-gb/BBVlQd6?ocid=st … HAVE NICE DAY? #FridayMotivation #BrexitShambles #VoteNo29March #GTTO #BrexitDay

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Blue Bay Travel‏ @BlueBayTravel Mar 29

Our very own Managing Director Maxine stopped by the @BBCRadioStoke Bus this morning to give our thoughts about Brexit and its effects on the travel industry. You can listen to us at the 1:43 mark here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p072f93y … #BrexitDay

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Tradefair‏ @TradefairPlus Mar 29

Third time lucky? May puts a stripped down version of her #BrexitDeal to a vote in parliament today in a last ditch attempt to get it through. https://buff.ly/2TKhkce  #BrexitDay

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Al Jazeera English‏Verified account @AJEnglish Mar 29

UK Parliament to hold third Brexit vote on Friday https://aje.io/rucyr  #BrexitDay

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Mark Murphy‏ @MarkGlennMurphy Mar 29

Have a listen to Brian in Melton on #BrexitDay on @BBCSuffolk . You’ll be glad you did! Feel free to share https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p074xsn2 …

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CNN International‏Verified account @cnni Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes @LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2FD62kX 

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I support Dominic! #GoWTO #BrexitDay

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Geoffrey Cox tells MPs we MUST sign #Brexit deal today or hand ALL control to EU #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk …

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Vote Leave has today quietly dropped its appeal against fine for cheating by overspending during the referendum: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-vote-leave-drops-appeal-14205626 … #brexitday #brexit

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Pauline Park‏ @paulinepark 23h23 hours ago

MPs rejected #TheresaMay‘s deal 344 to 286, throwing it on the dungheap of #history, which is where the prime minister will be before long when the #UK crashes out of the #EU without a #Brexit deal… #BrexitDay (cartoon by Bob Moran @bobscartoons) https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47752017 …

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‘If Mogg, Boris and Raab can all change their minds then why are the public no entitled to do so?’ – effective line from ⁦@Anna_Soubry⁩ that ⁦@peoplesvote_uk⁩ should use again and again and again #BrexitDay #brexit

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Derek Momodu‏Verified account @DelMody Mar 29

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A picture is worth a thousand words…these are worth a million more. #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles ©UK Parliament/Mark Duffy https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-brexit-theresa-mays-deal-14204094 … #WithdrawalAgreement

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TicToc by Bloomberg‏Verified account @tictoc Mar 29

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The House of Commons rejected Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement by 58 votes. But May gained 44 votes more than her last attempt on March 12. Read more on @business https://bloom.bg/2FILKHU  #BrexitDay

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·  Jennifer McKiernan‏ @_JennyMcKiernan Mar 29

I did some political analysis for BBC Politics Live today to mark #BrexitDay! On with @MattChorley, Culture Secretary @DCMS_SecOfState, @bbradleymp & @jessphillips, Watch it here: https://bbc.in/2UeoNEP  @BBCPolitics

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Johnny Goldsmith‏Verified account @MirrorJohnny Mar 29

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Live pictures from Parliament Square as #WithdrawalAgreement is defeated for a third time inside the House of Commons #BrexitDay https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-brexit-theresa-mays-deal-14204094 … : @GettyImages

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Daily Star‏Verified account @Daily_Star Mar 29

BREAKING: MPs reject May’s Brexit deal AGAIN as UK crashes towards NO-DEAL http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/politics/768713/Brexit-vote-today-time-withdrawal-agreement-news-latest-UK-may-EU-theresa-may … #BrexitVotes #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles

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Al Jazeera News‏Verified account @AJENews Mar 29

LIVE: British politicians vote on withdrawal agreement on the day UK was supposed to be leaving the EU. #BrexitDay For more: https://aje.io/cuaa6 

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·  Paul Stewart‏ @PaulStewartII Mar 29

Brexit at a crossroads: May puts her deal to ‘last chance’ vote in parliament | Reuters https://reut.rs/2TIRhSy  #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles #BrexitIsBroken

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European Institute‏ @ColumbiaEurope Mar 29

“Brexit: as parliament votes again, the next steps explained” “With MPs preparing for the latest vote on May’s deal, all scenarios are still possible” Full article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/29/brexit-as-parliament-votes-again-what-happens-next … #Brexit #BrexitDay

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European Institute‏ @ColumbiaEurope Mar 29

“Today in Brexit: Theresa May has another go at getting the deal through Parliament—on what should have been departure day.” #Brexit #BrexitDay https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-29/brexit-bulletin-what-might-have-been?srnd=brexit …

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bheardmedia‏ @bheardmedia Mar 29

Houthi leader attacks UK’s #JeremyHunt over efforts to relax #Saudi arms ban! #Yemen #BloodOnHisHands #GetToriesOut https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/29/yemen-houthi-leader-attacks-uk-german-arms-sale-ban-saudi-arabia … @STWuk @EmilyThornberry #BrexitDay

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

President @realDonaldTrump has thrown his support behind @BorisJohnson to become the next Prime Minister. #BrexitDay https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106981/donald-trump-boris-johnson-prime-minister-theresa-may-brexit …

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·  Belfast Telegraph‏Verified account @BelTel Mar 29

#BorisJohnson backs May’s deal – #Sturgeon calls him ‘shameless charlatan, devoid of principle’ @theSNP #brexitday https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/brexit-vote-boris-johnson-to-back-mays-deal-sturgeon-calls-him-shameless-charlatan-devoid-of-principle-37963168.html …

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Cornwall for Europe #FBPE‏ @Cornwall4EU Mar 29

Banksy artwork depicting MPs as chimps goes on display in Bristol to mark “#Brexit Day.” #StopBrexit #RevokeArticle50 #PeoplesVote #BrexitDay https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-47731873 …

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JCNunes #FBPE

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“The idea – that if Theresa May ever actually manages to resign, the nation’s future relationship with Europe will be settled via a Tory leadership contest from which the nation is shut out – is almost obscene.” #WithdrawalAgreement #BrexitDay

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Dorje‏ @dorje_m 24h24 hours ago

Brilliant: ‘Jacob Rees-Mogg, all three-piece suit and no spine, walks through the lobby of the House of Commons to turn our country into a “slave state” by putting his name to a “dreadful” scam that’s “not a proper Brexit”.’ #BrexitDay #NoBrexitDay

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demcrats‏ @demcrats Mar 29

The Independent Group will become political a party called #ChangeUK and contest EU elections LIVE #BrexitDay news: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/brexit-latest-news-theresa-may-final-push-mps-prepare-vote-withdrawal/ …

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🇸🇦 سعود بن سلمان‏ @999saudsalman Mar 29

The Brexit deal may not be perfect, it may have flaws, but if other parties refuse to work with @Conservatives, what already is a mess will turn into absolute chaos! #BrexitDay #WithdrawalAgreement

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·  PaulJ‏ @TheGeordieFox Mar 29

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Shopping or have shopped with Sports Direct? Please check out this article below Please check out http://dwsports.com  http://Decathlon.co.uk  & http://kitbag.com  instead for better alternatives #FF #VoteDownTheDeal #BrexitDay #WearAHatDay https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/08/man-claims-sports-direct-racially-profiled-forced-leave-8474374/amp/?__twitter_impression=true …

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The Knightsbridge Estate‏ @Knightsbridge_E Mar 29

Luxury watchmakers have joined the list of businesses implementing Brexit contingency plans by #stockpiling inventory in Britain before it leaves the #EU, industry leaders said. @FRANCE24 #brexit #brexitday #withdrawalagreement #hardbrexit #luxury #retai http://ow.ly/3ryB30ofrXy 

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nicko‏ @vicenvironment Mar 29

Definition of insanity https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/uk-parliament-rejects-theresa-may-s-brexit-plan-for-the-third-time-20190330-p5194s.html … #BrexitDay #BrexitShambles

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Tonight‏Verified account @ITVTonight Mar 29

We were due to leave the EU today, but we’re not. It’s delayed. As MPs vote down the #WithdrawalAgreement, how did we get here and how has the turmoil affected people’s lives? Catch up with ‘Brexit: The Endgame’ on @itvhub https://www.itv.com/hub/tonight/1a9757a0089 … #BrexitDay #BrexitEndgame

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London First‏Verified account @London_First Mar 29

It’s time to stop the clock and revoke Article 50 #StopTheClock #BrexitDay Government loses vote on withdrawal agreement

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HuffPost UK Lifestyle‏Verified account @HuffPostUKLife Mar 29

Not just #BrexitDay – Friday 29 March is also a day with massive cause for celebration – as it’s the five year anniversary of the first same-sex wedding in the UK. @SCFGallagher spoke to 5 couples about what it means to them http://huffp.st/IK7xYbs 

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Patrick‏ @PW1859 Mar 29

Hey @theJeremyVine, happy #BrexitDay. I wonder could you get Mr Farage back on and ask him about this?

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Emma Veronica‏ @EVBritton Mar 29

Spending #BrexitDay in London with @AIMautistic Protesting The National Autistic society for their treatment of Autistics with Learning disabilities in Mendip house. Please join us if you are able. #HumanToo https://www.facebook.com/events/583534855456518/?ti=icl …

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Eleanor‏ @mscrow Mar 29

MPs, fearing SOME of their voters, continue to repeat the notion we should “respect the result of the referendum” – if they read the meticulous investigative journalism on the falsity of this statement, how can they stand by it? #BrexitDay @carolecadwalla

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💃𝓐𝓷𝓰𝓲𝓮𝓵𝓲𝓵𝓲𝓵𝓸𝓾‏ @Angielililou Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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Bloomberg Opinion‏Verified account @bopinion Mar 29

A reminder on #BrexitDay: Brexit is already hurting the U.K. economy by chasing immigrants away

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Douglas Board‏ @BoardWryter Mar 29

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A profound word from @TomKibasi #brexitday http://www.tinyurl.com/Gdn29mar19 

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Luke Kelly‏ @thelukejkelly Mar 29

“A ‘no-deal’ scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario. The EU has been preparing for this since December 2017 and is now fully prepared for a ‘no-deal’ scenario at midnight on 12 April.” Jesus wept. #BrexitDay

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Paul S Armstrong

🇬🇧🇪🇺‏ @paulsarmstrong Mar 29

‘Laugh now, but one day no-one will be in charge’ #Brexit #BrexitDay #Banksy

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Alistair Mathie‏ @AlistairMathie Mar 29

Instead of “thinking” you know what the rest of the country wants on 29th March 2019 (#Brexitday), why not just ask us? We’ll tell you what we want, not what we don’t want. ‘We can’t leave the country drifting rudderless’ – Grayling https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-parliaments-47696409?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=5c9e3a9585e90c0667537e5c%26%27We%20can%27t%20leave%20the%20country%20drifting%20rudderless%27%20-%20Grayling%262019-03-29T15%3A34%3A03.937Z&ns_fee=0&pinned_post_locator=urn:asset:08688c4b-21aa-4373-b4d5-af5673713197&pinned_post_asset_id=5c9e3a9585e90c0667537e5c&pinned_post_type=share … via @BBCNews

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Catriona Clarke‏ @CatrionaClarke Mar 29

I’ll ask again: ARE YOU SURE WE COULDN’T JUST NOT BOTHER? #BrexitDay

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Field of Wheat‏ @WheatyField Mar 29

Oh no.. She’ll be furious.. I’m in for it tonight! #BrexitDay MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement

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🇬🇧🇪🇺⛴ Brexit Top Tips 🇪🇺🇬🇧 #FBPE‏ @BrexitTopTips Mar 29

MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement #BrexitDay #RemainDay

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Evening Standard GO London‏Verified account @ESGoLondon Mar 29

Just in time for #BrexitDay

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Siobhán Doyle‏ @thekickart Mar 29

In all the disillusionment with #Brexitday, I’m only delighted to read about @_shanefinn incredible 36-day, 5,000km coast-to-coast run/cycle across the US for @SBHIreland that he starts today. Me nerves are gone already! #americanultra2019

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ECIPE‏ @ECIPE Mar 29

.@FredrikErixon – ”Some countries will believe that the UK should open its markets much more than it was compelled to do under the agreement that it had with the EU” in http://p.dw.com/p/3Fk6m  by @dw_business @dw_europe #Brexit #BrexitDay

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Talal AlRoqi‏ @Tal8l Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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CentreForNewWriting‏ @newwritingMCR Mar 29

Irish #writers give their reflections on what would have been #BrexitDay via @IrishTimesBooks. Hear from leading Irish writers, including @newwritingMCR‘s John McAuliffe and Vona Groarke: http://ow.ly/7HpF30of2z0  @UoMSALC @UoMNews @ECW_UoM

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🇪🇺‏ @NiraabRaab Mar 29

Today was meant to be #BrexitDay and there is so much damage already done. https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/29/its-the-day-we-were-meant-to-leave-the-eu-and-i-no-longer-feel-safe-9044371/?ito=article.amp.share.top.twitter … via @MetroUK @cliodiaspora

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BBC Cambridgeshire‏Verified account @BBCCambs Mar 29

It’s Friday March 29th, what was supposed to be #BrexitDay, but we haven’t left the European Union yet. Who are you blaming for this #BrexitChaos? Join @chrismannbbc at 9 on #MannInTheMorning. LISTEN: https://bbc.in/2sxFFau 

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SpaceAngel #StopBrexit & #GTTO‏ @spaceangel1964 Mar 29

A reality check on #BrexitDay

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So‏ @Gibbous_YT Mar 29

BBC News – MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47752017 …#Brexit #BrexitDay

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Marisol Estevez‏ @marisolestevezd Mar 29

Let the ordeal continue… #BrexitDay

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Big Big Energy‏ @Alex_TheAlien Mar 29

CALL THE SECOND REFERENDUM #BrexitDay https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/theresa-may-defeated-again-on-brexit-as-mps-reject-her-withdrawal-agreement_uk_5c9dfcc7e4b00ba6327b18ba?5wf … Sent via @updayUK

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Emma Coulthurst‏ @TravelEmmaC Mar 29

I know it’s hard to believe but there is actually some good Brexit news at the end ot this https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47712530 … … so, who is coming to stunning Sardinia with me? @travelsupermkt @beckyrmorton #Brexit #BrexitDay

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WinningTheGameOfLife‏ @WinningwithOana Mar 29

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We got to give it to her, she’s persistent #BrexitDay

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John Reynolds‏ @johnreyno42 Mar 29

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At least it’s finally 29th March and all this Brexit baloney is finally over #BrexitDay

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European Movement‏Verified account @emireland Mar 29

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“Northern Ireland learned lessons in reconciliation. If only the rest of the UK learned them too over Brexit” Read EM Ireland Board Member, Rory Guinness’ piece in today’s @Telegraph online (€/£). #BrexitDay

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malgosia skawinski. Filthy.‏ @solamiga Mar 29

#BrexitDay “The Irish are incandescent about the mess this abysmally-handled process is making of the hard-won peace in Northern Ireland and the difficult recovery of the economy.” https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/brexit-is-aggressive-and-dangerously-nostalgic-the-uk-is-in-for-a-brutal-chastening-1.3841576#.XJ38HmnGY-Z.twitter … via @IrishTimesBooks

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Anton Ehrola / Karppinen‏ @antonkarpp Mar 29

RT CNN “Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

Today was supposed to be #BrexitDay, but after months of political infighting, it has been delayed. But what would today have looked like if it hadn’t? https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106792/brexit-day-no-deal-brexit-delayed-brexit-deal-withdrawal-agreement-latest-news …

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·  Oliver Wicks‏ @oliverwicks7 Mar 29

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% correct #BrexitDay #BrokenBritain

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Aimee Meade‏Verified account @AimeePaige Mar 29

‘I think about the substantial hate I’ve received for 1,000 days: being called an ‘EU whore’, a ‘German c***’, being spat at and stalked and receiving messages with descriptions of a threatened rape to worse.’ @cliodiaspora for @MetroUK on #BrexitDay

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Martin Hopkins

😎‏ @hoppo07 Mar 29

For 2 years the PM promised multiple times that we would leave the EU today, she has failed and has the left UK in crisis. #MayMustGo now #BrexitShambles #BrexitDay #Brexit

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The Telegraph‏Verified account @Telegraph Mar 29

#BrexitDay LIVE: Theresa May in final push as MPs prepare to vote on withdrawal deal

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ITV News‏Verified account @itvnews Mar 29

On what should have been #BrexitDay, MPs are set to vote on a ‘new and substantially different’ Withdrawal Agreement as Theresa May has a final throw of the dice to get her twice rejected deal passed https://www.itv.com/news/2019-03-28/mps-to-vote-on-new-and-substantially-different-withdrawal-agreement-on-friday/ …

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Caelainn Hogan‏ @CaelainnH Mar 29

A cult hero among the Brexit flowchart community Great piece by @atmccann for #BrexitDay

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The Magazine Printing Company‏ @magprintco Mar 29

Brexit vote LIVE: Bercow BLOCKED IT: Geoffrey Cox blames speaker for Brexit shamble https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1106998/brexit-vote-updates-theresa-may-brexit-deal-latest-news-eu-uk … #BrexitDay

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Johnathan Fisher‏ @GoFishJohnathan Mar 29

RT nytimes: RT atmccann: I couldn’t keep updating my own Brexit flowchart, so I talked to the guy that made 27 versions instead #brexitday

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Briefcase Michael‏ @BriefcaseMike Mar 29

While the focus is on the #Commons Brexit debate some grim and Brexit-related economic data has been released today. #Brexit #bbcnews #BrexitDay

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Peter Freeman‏ @Pete_Freeman Mar 29

#BrexitDay: Twitter reacts to Britain’s failure to leave the EU on time https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/29/brexitday-twitter-reacts-britains-failure-leave-eu-time/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw … via @Telegraph

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Jordan‏ @jdqofficial Mar 29

A story from back in 2013. Who cares more about the poorest and most vulnerable in the UK, the British government or the EU? Looks like it’s the #EU. Happy #BrexitDay

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Cllr Gary Ridley‏ @CllrGaryRidley Mar 29

I Voted remain but immediately accepted #peoplesvote result. Fact we’re not leaving today on #BrexitDay is an epic failure from the entire political class. If it doesn’t happen at all expect a more divided society & total breakdown in trust of politics

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Peter Davis‏ @Morpheyous Mar 29

(via http://bit.ly/ItRtd  ) CNN: Today was meant to be #BrexitDay. It’s not. Welcome to (possibly) the most absurd day in British history, writes LukeMcGee: https://cnn.it/2Fz53lQ 

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Post-Brexit‏ @postbrexit1 Mar 29

Coffee crisis after #Brexit? #BrexitDay

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Rachel Flaherty‏Verified account @rachelfl Mar 29

Angela Merkel plans flying visit to Dublin to discuss Border concerns #BrexitDay https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/merkel-plans-flying-visit-to-dublin-to-discuss-border-concerns-1.3842836#.XJ3zX7lB5K4.twitter … via @IrishTimesWorld

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Manchester Review‏ @mancreview Mar 29

Irish writers in the UK on #BrexitDay #RemainDay @newwritingMCR https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/brexit-is-aggressive-and-dangerously-nostalgic-the-uk-is-in-for-a-brutal-chastening-1.3841576#.XJ3qHnfCUrM.twitter … via @IrishTimesBooks

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CatRepublic‏ @catrepublic_cat Mar 29

A million attend rally in Barcelona to call for Catalan independence https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/11/catalans-renew-calls-independence-rally-barcelona?CMP=share_btn_tw … #BrexitDay

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DopeBlackDads‏ @dopeblackdads Mar 29

This is why I will miss being in the EU MEPs pass ‘watershed’ resolution calling for action against racism #Brexit #Brexitday

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Emma Lucy McArthur‏ @EmmaLMcArthur Mar 29

‘New’ artwork from Banksy on display at Bristol Museum, as appropriate today as it was 10 years ago. #brexitday

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Little Britain‏ @little__britain Mar 29

European press gets popcorn out for another chaotic day of #Brexit #BrexitChaos #BrexitDay

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Liongate Partners [LGP]‏ @LionGate Mar 29

Brexit: MPs face new vote on withdrawal deal https://bbc.in/2HLc2f8  #Brexit #BrexitDay

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Laura Owen‏ @LauraAOwen Mar 29

Made 10 years ago, museum in Bristol puts Banksy “Devolved Parliament” chimp artwork on display to mark #BrexitDay

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Fiachra Ó Raghallaigh‏ @thereillywriter Mar 29

#Brexiters made their own bed @ThereseRaphael1 :they made promises they couldn’t keep & then demands that were non-negotiable. They attacked their leader relentlessly, weakening her negotiating position & tried & failed to remove her as leader. #BrexitDay

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Rob‏ @RobHanlon1958 Mar 29

#Banksy artwork depicting MPs as #chimps put on display ‘to mark #BrexitDay

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Marta‏ @martacollins Mar 29

““Is there a word for something that has passed through farce and tragedy like nine times already?”” https://gu.com/p/b55ta/stw  #BrexitDay

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Ian Goodhead‏ @IanGoodhead Mar 29

Happy #BrexitDay. I can think of nothing more appropriate than to thank @MarinaHyde for getting me this far. “Spartans don’t hug it out. Except for Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker”

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Roisin Ingle‏Verified account @roisiningle Mar 29

Thanks to everyone who took part in #IrishTimesHappy this week. Look @RossOCK you are in there! A nice diversion from #BrexitShambles #BrexitDay https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/what-s-making-you-happy-confirmations-enduring-love-and-ross-o-carroll-kelly-1.3840483#.XJ3bKiBDYdw.twitter … via @IrishTimesLife

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Be careful out there today my lovely #Londoners. Police brace for disorder after far-right protesters threaten to riot on what would have been #BrexitDay

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Phil Williams‏ @montaillacman Mar 29

EU has 40 trade deals with other trading blocs. Fabulous Dr Fox said he’d roll them all over by Brexit day, so UK trade would continue. It’s #BrexitDay and guess what? Only 8 partially done. Brexit: Rolled-over UK free trade deals ‘are incomplete’

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Sensible Brit‏ @BritSensible Mar 29

Not before time. Facebook advertising is way more sophisticated than UK politics was prepared for in 2016. If you use Facebook, know that YOU ARE THE PRODUCT! #BrexitDay #RemainDay

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Brian Kilmartin‏Verified account @BKilmartinIT Mar 29

Reflections from leading Irish writers living in Britain and North on the day the UK was meant to leave the EU #brexitday https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/brexit-is-aggressive-and-dangerously-nostalgic-the-uk-is-in-for-a-brutal-chastening-1.3841576#.XJ29CdsmxX0.twitter … via @IrishTimesBooks

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·  Advocate‏ @Advocat27001829 Mar 29

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#Metoo #BarneyArmy #TEACHers #Brexit #Christchurch #FridayFeeling #FridayThoughts #HappyIreneDay #BrexitDay #Michigan #Trump Her phone texts exposed her sheer malicious delight in her crimes. That’s why access to complainants’ devices is vital for justice.

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Telegraph Politics‏Verified account @TelePolitics Mar 29

Theresa May faces her day of reckoning on #Brexit – and is warned it will not end well #BrexitDay

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Adam B Roscoe‏ @Tontkowalski Mar 29

Leavers promised sunlit uplands, extra cash for the NHS and David Davis reassured:”No Mad Max-style dystopian #brexit.” Between us, they were telling porkies. #BrexitDay

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Brexit Watch‏ @ukvoteremain Mar 29

Remember that we were told by Liam Fox that we would have signed 40 trade deals by #BrexitDay. He has only done 6 trade deals with little countries & the EU free-trade deals he has managed to roll over are “incomplete”, say trade experts. #LiamFoxMustGo

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Bart Kulpa‏ @KulpaBart Mar 29

The trouble with Theresa May’s promise to resign https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/03/28/the-trouble-with-theresa-mays-promise-to-resign … #Brexit #Brexitday #stopBrexit #peoplesvote #Maybot #MV3 #Bercow

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express Mar 29

On what was meant to be #BrexitDay, it’s time to take a look at how Theresa May has changed her body language while in her PM role

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·  A Crosby‏ @acrosby_mai Mar 29

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Hey @LeaveEUOfficial, how’s your #BrexitDay going? I mean, you were all absolutely right – no planes fell out of the skies, there’s food on the shop shelves, we’re all still OK. But hey, I guess that’s because it was all so EASY, right? http://buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/nobody-said-it-was-easy … #RevokeArticle50

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Jim Eadon‏ @jimeadon Mar 29

Vote down Treason May’s imbecilic surrender treaty – the referendum voted for, you know, Brexit. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/28/must-resist-pms-wretched-deal-clean-brexit-within-sight/ … #BrexitDay @Conservatives @10DowningStreet @UKParliament #uk #brexit

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MediaWindow‏ @GoodOldMedia Mar 29

#BrexitDay : Theresa May tries to buy time for deal as MPs call on her to leave

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benfolley‏ @benfolley Mar 29

School cuts and NHS woes – all the problems ignored since May signed Article 50 #Brexit #BrexitDay

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Phil Hamlyn Williams‏ @PhilWriter Mar 29

Let’s hope that #BrexitDay marks the beginning of a parliamentary process that seeks a Brexit that works for the country and not just a right wing elite

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·  Angela Kalwaites‏ @angelakalwaites Mar 29

So….it is #BrexitDay but as we all know…..it actually isn’t..How are you feeling about that? Would love your thoughts.

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THE HERETIC‏ @admit2sin Mar 29

#Banksy artwork depicting #MPs as #chimps put on display ‘to mark #BrexitDay

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A Crosby‏ @acrosby_mai Mar 29

: Happy #BrexitDay everyone. If you’re reading this, we survived our extraction from the tyrannical EU overlords. Or maybe we’ve not exited at all. Or maybe they weren’t really tyrannical after all. Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of how EASY Brexit’s been.

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·  Advocate‏ @Advocat27001829 Mar 29

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#Metoo #BarneyArmy #TEACHers #Brexit #Christchurch #FridayFeeling #FridayThoughts #HappyIreneDay #BrexitDay #Michigan #Trump Her phone texts exposed her sheer malicious delight in her crimes. That’s why access to complainants’ devices is vital for justice

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Central Planner #FBPE‏ @CentralPlanner9 Mar 29

Amazing that some people still want to take the modest powers we give the EU and give them to the politicians causing such chaos in Westminster. Surely on supposed #BrexitDay we can see that’s not a good idea. They can’t cope as it is.

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PM Kelly

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Deal or no deal – border patrols likely on the border. #Brexit #BrexitShambles #BrexitDay #BrexitMayhem #PeoplesVote #RevokeArt50Now

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Albert Moon‏ @AlbertMoon16 Mar 29

He is absolutely correct. But it is possible to agree with him and still think Brexit is a disaster. #BrexitDay

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The Times of London‏Verified account @thetimes Mar 29

The government’s latest wheeze to get Theresa May’s Brexit deal over the line is to split it in half #BrexitDay

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·  TornadoNewsLinker‏ @TornadoNewsLink Mar 29

THINK AGAIN Delaying #Brexit Past March 29 Is ILLEGAL, #Brexiteers Claim In Last Ditch Bid To Stop #PM Keeping Us In #EU https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/brexit/8725669/delaying-brexit-past-march-29-is-illegal-brexiteers-claim-in-last-ditch-bid-to-stop-pm-keeping-us-in-eu/ …#UKIP #Brexit #YellowVests #TommyRobinson #JamesGoddard #Nationalism #Trump #MAGA #Christianity #Frexit #March29 #BrexitDay #bbcqt

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TornadoNewsLinker‏ @TornadoNewsLink Mar 29

Rumour has it that revelations of #BorisJohnson‘s ‘TANK TOPPED BUM BOYS’ Article have gone down like a lead balloon at the Foreign Office. http://uk.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-women-gay-people-sexism-bumboys-totty-toby-young-2018-1 … #UKIP #YellowVests #TommyRobinson #JamesGoddard #Nationalism #Trump #MAGA #Brexit #BrexitDay #March29 #bbcqt

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TornadoNewsLinker‏ @TornadoNewsLink Mar 29

#NigelFarage Issues DIRE Warning To MPs About MORNING Of March 30th – ‘JUST YOU WAIT!’ https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1106843/Brexit-News-update-latest-Nigel-Farage-LBC-Theresa-May … #UKIP #YellowVests #TommyRobinson #JamesGoddard #Nationalism #Trump #MAGA #Brexit #BBC #NWO #Globalism # #Christianity #BrexitDay #March29 #bbcqt

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Ben Glaze‏Verified account @benglaze Mar 29

On what was meant to be #BrexitDay , @JBeattieMirror and I looked at the issues facing the country which haven’t been given sufficient attention by the Govt over the past two years

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🇬🇧🇪🇺⛴ Brexit Top Tips 🇪🇺🇬🇧 #FBPE‏ @BrexitTopTips Mar 29

Friday’s Newspaper headlines: Theresa May’s Brexit deal gets ‘one last chance’ #BrexitDay #BrexitChaos #BrexitCrisis #VoteforAnybodyElse

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Manu Bonachela

📱💬‏ @ManuBonachela Mar 29

#Brexitday: ‘Day of reckoning’: what the papers say on 29 March 2019

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🇬🇧🇪🇺⛴ Brexit Top Tips 🇪🇺🇬🇧 #FBPE‏ @BrexitTopTips Mar 29

Brexit: MPs face new vote on withdrawal deal #BrexitDay #Brexit #BrexitChaos #BrexitCrisis #29thMarch #EndofMay

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Jo Warner‏ @JoWarner01 Mar 29

Worth a read for its positive take on the current crisis. He might be right #BrexitDay Parliament may look chaotic. But it is inching towards a resolution Parliament may look chaotic. But it is inching towards a resolution

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.toomanysecrets.‏ @darnstadium Mar 29

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-42916708 … #BrexitDay #aliens #BreXFiles

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Thomas Wüst‏ @Thomas_Wuest Mar 29

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#BrexitDay Mangelnde #Planungssicherheit: Unternehmen haben sich auf das Szenario des Austritts von #UK aus der #EU zum 29.03. vorbereitet. Welche Folgen nun aus der #Brexit-Verschiebung resultieren, wird in dem @Business-Artikel ansatzweise beschrieben.

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Ryan Laird‏ @rjmlaird Mar 28

Tomorrow was meant to be #brexitday but what happens now? #Brexit

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KH Fischer

🇦🇹‏ @kh_fischer Mar 26

How gracious … so 22 May as #BrexitDay seems to be history…

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HollyEllyatt‏Verified account @HollyEllyatt Mar 21

EU leaders to decide whether to give UK more time for Brexit https://cnb.cx/2Ybnm9m  #Brexit #Brexitday

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Financial Times‏Verified account @FT 29 Mar 2017

From our readers on #brexitday http://on.ft.com/2oaQLBK 

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Lodi Silverado‏ @realLodi 29 Mar 2017

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Never mind Legs-it, who won Hands-it? The moment the UK triggers #Article50 on #BrexitDay http://bbc.in/2nLWWuL  #legsit

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BBC News (UK)‏Verified account @BBCNews 29 Mar 2017

Here’s the full letter from UK to EU triggering Article 50 & starting the countdown to #Brexit http://bbc.in/2oarCH5  #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

“We already miss you. Thank you & goodbye” – @eucopresident reacts to Article 50 being triggered by UK on #BrexitDay http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf 

EU Council President Donald Tusk: “We already miss you”

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

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This is the letter from the UK to the EU that triggers Article 50 and begins the #Brexit countdown http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

Direction PM is threatening to take UK is “both reckless and damaging” – @UKLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

Jeremy Corbyn on Article 50 being triggered

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Bloomberg Politics‏Verified account @bpolitics 29 Mar 2017

YouGov asked people what they wanted brought back after Britain leaves the EU…https://bloom.bg/2ngsgOA  #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

“An historic moment from which there can be no turning back” – UK PM May on having triggered Article 50 http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

UK PM May: “No turning back”

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Tim Farron‏Verified account @timfarron 29 Mar 2017

British voters must have the final say on Brexit – my article for The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/29/british-voters-final-say-brexit-theresa-may-brexiteers-britain … #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

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Picture shows letter triggering Article 50 delivered to @eucopresident. The #Brexit countdown begins http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

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BBC Breaking News‏Verified account @BBCBreaking 29 Mar 2017

UK formally begins two year process of leaving EU with letter triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty http://bbc.in/2nLlrsf  #BrexitDay

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Bloomberg Brexit‏Verified account @Brexit 29 Mar 2017

BREAKING: Donald Tusk confirms EU has received Brexit notice from Britain https://bloom.bg/2nLrXPR  #BrexitDay

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WIRED UK‏Verified account @WiredUK 29 Mar 2017

Concerned about Brexit? Why not become an e-resident of Estonia. 1,000 Brits have http://wired.uk/ihS0bc  #WIREDClassic #brexitday

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Ahead of Article 50 being triggered, here’s a potted history of the UK-EU relationship http://bbc.in/2oxy8UB  #BrexitDay

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BBC News (UK)‏Verified account @BBCNews 29 Mar 2017

.@Theresa_May leaves Downing Street on #BrexitDay ahead of Article 50 being triggered http://bbc.in/2oxy8UB 

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BBC News (UK)‏Verified account @BBCNews 29 Mar 2017

In this briefcase, the letter that will trigger the countdown to the UK leaving the EU #BrexitDay http://bbc.in/2mOVLM1 

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BBC News (UK)‏Verified account @BBCNews 29 Mar 2017

.@Theresa_May‘s letter to trigger #Article50 and begin the #Brexit process will be delivered later today http://bbc.in/2mOA2UF  #BrexitDay

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Holger Zschaepitz‏ @Schuldensuehner 29 Mar 2017

British Pound suffers on #Brexitday. Britain heads into unknown as May signs #Brexit trigger. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-28/britain-heads-into-unknown-as-may-gets-ready-to-trigger-brexit …

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Emma OBrien‏Verified account @ek_obrien 28 Mar 2017

Here we go… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-29/sterling-drops-as-may-signs-brexit-trigger-for-process-to-begin … #BrexitDay

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BBC Radio 5 Live‏Verified account @bbc5live 28 Mar 2017

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#brexitday the letter is signed #Article50 @PhilWilliams is with @BBCEleanorG for the latest Read more http://bbc.in/2o8gpqB 

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Democracy Movement‏ @DemocracyMovemt 28 Mar 2017

#BrexitDay: Sir Tim Barrow will tomorrow hand-deliver Britain’s #Article50 letter to the EU’s Donald Tusk https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/27/tim-barrow-brexit-letter-article-50-donald-tusk-uk-ukrep-eu?CMP=share_btn_tw … #Brexit

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Daily Express‏Verified account @Daily_Express 21 Mar 2017

Brexit warning: Commons may have to vote through 15 MORE bills, says think tank http://ln.is/www.express.co.uk/ne/ymGoR … #Brexit #brexitday

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Phil‏ @Blackbirds1632 18 Mar 2017

Read, scroll then vote for #BrexitDay #UKIndependanceDay http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/780209/Brexit-Theresa-May-celebrate-EU-independence-day … Then RT

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Get Britain Out‏ @GetBritainOut 18 Mar 2017

Party on #BrexitDay

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Gabriele Carrer‏ @GabrieleCarrer 13 Mar 2017

Nicola Sturgeon, premier scozzese, potrebbe annunciare un secondo referendum. E domani potrebbe essere #BrexitDay.

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Emigrate2‏ @emigrate_2 22 Aug 2016

On #BrexitDay, #NewZealand received 998 registrations to #Emigrate from the #UK with requests still coming through!

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BullionVault‏ @bullionvault 25 Jun 2016

Les Echos: #BrexitDay sees 2 weeks’ worth of #gold + #silver trading on BullionVault http://goo.gl/zR8q3v 

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MyExpatJob‏ @MyExpatJob 23 Jun 2016

Expatriés : les questions que vous vous posez sur le #Brexit http://bit.ly/28KDZ1U  @Le_Scan_Eco #brexitday #expat

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The State of Brexit on the 29th March 2019 – leaving day 

Today was supposed to be the day the United Kingdom walked away from the European Union. But the world’s most contentious divorce is far from settled. So, instead of throwing lavish parties celebrating the UK’s split from the EU, Brexit supporters plan protests outside Parliament today, while lawmakers inside will vote again on a version of Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. If the deal passes today, Brexit will happen on May 22. If the vote fails, then the UK crashes out of the EU on April 12 with no deal, which many have predicted would be a financial calamity for Britain.

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2019 BVI general election


Country and people interest matters we might give as a reason that we almost lost sight or rather did not post re General elections which were held in the British Virgin Islands Monday, on  February 25, 2019.[1] For the first time, four parties with at least one incumbent member were contesting an election.

Premier Andrew Fahie

The result was a decisive victory for the Virgin Islands Party, which won eight of the 13 elected seats under the leadership of Andrew Fahie. The ruling National Democratic Party won only three seats, with new party leader Myron Walwyn losing his seat.[2]

Seven of the thirteen seats were won by candidates contesting an election for the first time, all for the Virgin Islands Party, a territory record.

In June 2018 the Premier and leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Orlando Smith indicated he would be stepping down and not contesting the next general election.[9] In the subsequent leadership contest the party chose Education Minister Myron Walwyn to lead the party into the next election.[10]

The elections were the first in the British Virgin Islands to use electronically tabulated voting rather that manual counts.[3] Voter turnout was 65.26%.

Election monitors reported that they saw “no real evidence of corruption”, but highlighted a large influx of voter registrations in Districts 5 and 8 which had been regarded in some quarters as potential attempt to manipulate results.[4]

14,866 of the registered voters representing 65.3% turned out to vote.

Background

The House of Assembly normally sits in four year terms. The Governor must dissolve the House within four years of the date when the House first meets after a general election unless it has been dissolved sooner.[5] Once the House is dissolved a general election must be held after at least 21 days, but not more than two months after the dissolution of the House. The third session of the House of Assembly first met on 23 June 2015,[6] and therefore in the ordinary course of things the latest possible date of the next British Virgin Islands general election would have been one day short of four years and two months after that date, i.e. on 22 August 2019.

However, Delores Christopher, member of the House of Assembly representing the 5th District died on 16 October 2018.[7] There was broad agreement that it was undesirable to hold two elections so close together (a by-election to appoint a new representative for the 5th District, followed by a general election). Accordingly, after taking legal advice and consulting with the Premier Orlando Smith the Governor, Augustus Jaspert, advised that it had been agreed that no separate by-election should be held, and the election would be held on or before 16 April 2019.[8]

The House of Assembly was dissolved on 23 January 2019 and an election date was immediately announced for 25 February 2019.[1]

New leaders and new parties

Both of the main political parties which had contested the prior election had leadership contests, and in both cases the person who lost the leadership contest left to form their own party. Accordingly, in the 2019 election there will be an unprecedented four different political parties with at least one sitting member contesting the general election.

National Democratic Party

Former Premier (retired and did not contest elections)

In June 2018 the Premier and leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Orlando Smith indicated he would be stepping down and not contesting the next general election.[9] In the subsequent leadership contest the party chose Education Minister Myron Walwyn to lead the party into the next election.[10]

In the wake of Dr Smith’s announced retirement, rumours of splits within the ruling National Democratic Party began to circulate almost immediately.[11] Eventually Ronnie Skelton, runner up in the leadership contest, left to form his own political party,[12] named the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM).[13][14]

Second District Representative Melvin “Mitch” Turnbull also left the NDP to join Skelton,[15] as did at-large representative, Archie Christian.[16] Certain media houses began to sarcastically refer to the PVIM as “NDP 2”.[17]

Virgin Islands Party

The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) also had a leadership contest, and the sitting leader, Julian Fraser, was ousted by the challenger, Andrew Fahie. Fraser subsequently announced he would leave the VIP and set up his own party, which he called Progressives United (PU).[18][19]

Controversies

Myron Walwyn eligibility issue

In the run up to the election there were repeated suggestions in the press that Myron Walwyn was not eligible for election to the House of Assembly because his parents are not from the BVI. His father is from Nevis and his mother is from Antigua.[20][21] Leader of the opposition Virgin Islands Party, Andrew Fahie, distanced himself from questions about Walwyn’s eligibility.[22]

Speaker of the House issue

Some controversy arose when leaked lists of candidates suggested that the speaker of the House, Ingrid Moses-Scatliffe, was to stand as an NDP candidate.[23] A number of public figures, the most prominent being Deputy Premier Kedrick Pickering, expressed concern at her being held out as a candidate for a political party whilst occupying the position of Speaker of the House.[24] Ms Moses-Scatliffe refused to confirm or deny that she would be a candidate for the NDP, and the Attorney General rendered an opinion indicating that even if she were, this would not legally preclude her from acting as Speaker of the House in the interim. Ultimately she was not named as a candidate.

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FAC Report pushes for homosexualisation of marriage How can Montserrat respond reasonably and responsibly

FAC Report pushes for homosexualisation of marriage How can Montserrat respond reasonably and responsibly

Contribution (A special)

BRADES, Montserrat, February 25, 2019 – In the February 8th issue of The Reporter, it was noticed that when Lord Ahmad appeared before the UK Foreign Affairs Committee, on December 18th last year:

“. . . right after the imposition of a public beneficial ownership register was put on the table, the very next issue raised was: similar imposition of “same-sex ‘marriage’ . . .”? (In other words, when our elected members struck a “compromise” with the FCO in 2010 such that the first “rights” to be protected in the 2010 Constitution Order are “sex” and “sexual orientation” while in Section 10 it asserted the “right to marry a person of the opposite sex” and thus to “found a family,” that was just a temporary pause for those pushing the radical sexual agenda.)”

That concern about the UK Parliament being in a mood to push for further impositions was right. For, when the FAC report on OT’s came out on February 21st, it said that “a notable point of divergence and friction is same-sex marriage, which has been legalised in all but the five OTs in the Caribbean (Anguilla, BVI, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Turks and Caicos), though this bar is currently being challenged in the courts in the Cayman Islands.” [Emphasis added.]

“Bar” is a loaded word: it is how the British spoke of how black people in Zimbabwe or Kenya or South Africa were excluded and robbed of their rights: “the colour bar.” In other words, we the people and Governments of Caribbean OT’s are being directly compared to racists. This is not right, it is not fair, it is not true and it must be answered.

Less than ten years ago, when the Montserrat 2010 Constitution Order was being negotiated with the FCO, it was noticed that the FCO draft had in it an odd section about “right to marry” – something that, historically, has not been a Constitutional issue – that was strangely vague and which had not been frankly discussed with the people of our community. So, Montserrat’s elected representatives proposed more specific language for Section 10, that one marries a person “of the opposite sex” and so may “found a family.” As a part of discussion with the FCO, this was “balanced” by specific inclusion of “sex” and “sexual orientation” in the list of rights to be protected under law. This was then passed by resolution of our parliament, was in what was tabled in the UK Parliament and was in what was issued through the Privy Council as an Order in Council.

Less than ten years ago, it was clearly reasonable to hold that marriage is between people of “opposite sex.” So, why is it that the FAC now wishes to compare such a view with racism and colour bar? With, the implication lurking just below the surface, that our Christian convictions on the matter are unreasonable, oppressive and backward?

Arguably, such is because the homosexualism-promoting activists have been able to get their way in several major countries, including the UK and have moved on beyond getting “civil unions” recognised to demanding “marriage equality.” In some, by court rulings, in others by acts passed in parliaments, in a few by referendums. However, here, such a move would have to be by Constitutional amendment, and to deal with that we must ask a pointed question: what has fundamentally changed over the past ten years about the two sexes required to conceive a child and to properly nurture that child in a stable, wholesome family environment? Obviously: nothing.

We will also need to be clear as to what makes a claimed “right” right, and what are the limits on just law. Otherwise, we will be labelled backward bigots and targetted as oppressors blocking “rights.”

So, what is a right, and what makes it a right? Ans: A right is a binding, moral claim that one must be respected and protected due to his or her inherent dignity and worth as a human being. Such worth can only come from our being made in God’s image and “endowed with certain unalienable rights.” Rights, that start with “life.” We are morally governed, conscience-guided creatures who have responsible, rational freedom. Clearly, then, to properly claim a right one must first manifestly be in the right.

Indeed, in order to persuade us the FAC expects us to know that we have duties to truth, right reason, prudence, fairness etc. That is, they too understand that we are morally governed creatures. But, such conscience-guided moral government, in the end, has just one credible source: the inherently good, wise, loving creator God.

That’s why in July 1776, the American founders wrote:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed . . . ”

Likewise, Jesus went on record:

“Have you never read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined inseparably to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh.

Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” [Matt 19:4 – 6, AMP.]

So, by implicitly comparing our stand to racism, the FAC has now forced us to justify our views, on common sense, moral principle and scripture. Marriage is based on the naturally evident creation order of the two sexes, male and female, and is a lifelong covenant under God. Where, what God joins, man must not separate.

That is also the testimony of common sense. For example, no complicated human behaviour has ever been shown to be actually determined by our genes. We are not mindless robots. The search for gay genes has unsurprisingly clearly failed despite the impressions given by the media and by ill-advised education. Instead, we are responsible, morally governed, conscience-guided. This clearly includes our sexual behaviour: our sexual attractions, acts and habits are under moral government. Of course, our impulses and behaviours can sometimes trap us in addictive, hard to escape patterns of life that are unwise, ill-advised (or even outright irrational), abnormal, damaging, disease-spreading, insanitary, destructive.

Common sense speaks again:
Clearly, distorting Marriage under false colour of law is not the right or just answer. Likewise, stigmatising people who have principled objections to such distortions as though they were backward bigots comparable to racists is equally unjust. The activists have gone too far.

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It is not just money, power and sex

FAC raises controversial Constitutional Isssues

It is not just money, power and sex
March 1, 2019

In their February 21, 2019 report, the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) has called for legalising same-sex marriage in Montserrat and four other Caribbean Overseas Territories. It has also called for changing restrictions on voting and eligibility to run for a seat in our legislative assembly, creating “a pathway for all resident UK and British Overseas Territory citizens to be able to vote and hold elected office in territory.” Such changes would require amending the Montserrat 2010 Constitution Order, and would be controversial.
On the recent trend to put into law that men can marry other men and women other women, the FAC pointed to “a notable point of divergence and friction is same-sex marriage, which has been legalised in all but the five OTs in the Caribbean (Anguilla, BVI, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Turks and Caicos), though this bar is currently being challenged in the courts in the Cayman Islands.”
It also noted that Premier Romeo’s reply to this question was “it was important for the UK to recognise that “as separate territories, with ethnic diversity from your territory and cultural differences, we ought to be allowed to make decisions on matters such as same-sex marriages.”
In the conclusion, the FAC states: “The Government should set a date by which it expects all OTs to have legalised same-sex marriage. If that deadline is not met, the Government should intervene through legislation or an Order in Council.”
For Montserrat, this would lead to a Constitutional issue. Our 2010 Constitution Order was negotiated with the FCO over an eight-year period, then was passed as a resolution by the Reuben T. Meade Administration.
It was then tabled in the UK Parliament and was finally issued as an Order in Council. In Section 2 it protects the basic rights “without distinction of any kind, such as sex, sexual orientation, race, colour” etc. In Section 10 it then states “Notwithstanding anything in section 16 [on discrimination], every man and woman of marriageable age (as determined by or under any law) has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex and to found a family.”
This provision reflects the immemorial, community consensus of Montserratians and many others across the Caribbean and beyond that while all people are to be respected and protected under law, the natural marital relationship between husband (male) and wife (female) is foundational to the sustainability of family and society and so must also be respected and protected under law.
At that time, such provisions were clearly acceptable to the UK Parliament and to the Privy Council. (NB: Premier Romeo’s reference to “ethnic diversity . . . and cultural differences” comes from Principles IV and V of the UN General Assembly Resolution 1541 of 1960, See: (UN: https://undocs.org/en/A/RES/1541(XV) which sets out specific frameworks for implementing the legally binding force of UN Charter, Article 73.)
The FAC report also states that:
“Belongership and its equivalents are wrong. While we recognise that the OTs are small communities with unique cultural identities, we do not accept that there is any justification to deny legally-resident British Overseas Territory and UK citizens the right to vote and to hold elected office. This elevates one group of British people over another and risks undermining the ties that bind the UK and the OTs together in one global British family. The UK Government should initiate a consultation with the elected governments of the OTs and work with them to agree a plan to ensure that there is a pathway for all resident UK and British Overseas Territory citizens to be able to vote and hold elected office in territory. In its response to this report the FCO should lay out a timetable for this consultation process and set a deadline for phasing out discriminatory elements of belongership, or its territory-specific equivalents.”
This too, is a Constitutional issue for Montserrat. For, Section 51 restricts those qualified to be legislators, to persons “born of a father or mother who at the time of the birth was a Montserratian.”
Such Constitutional issues may well be particularly controversial in an election year, such as this.
There are those already concerned persons who are also calling on all to be prepared for the fight, inviting Monterratians to take note. The following comes from an annonymous writer as we have been unable to ascertain its origin.
“Montserratians the world over, take stock of the British Parliamentarians attitude to you as a people, strong representation is the key, I urge you to support those who are prepared to represent your interest and rebuke those who are prepared to spread propaganda in an attempt to hoodwink the electorate for power and personal gain.”

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Same Sex Marriage in Montserrat!

British Foreign Affairs Committee calls for BOTs to get in line on gay marriage

Original By Peter Richards

Adapted by Bennette Roach

LONDON, Feb 22, CMC – The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee wants all British Overseas Territories (OT), including those in the Caribbean, to legitimise same sex marriages.

In addition, the Committee believes that the British government could do more than “simply support” same sex marriages in principle.
In its 44-page report titled “Global Britain and the British Overseas Territories: Resetting the Relationship,” the Committee said “it is time for all OTs to legalise same-sex marriage and for the UK Government to do more than simply support it in principle.

Foreign Affairs Committee hearing – Lord Ahmad and Ben Merrick provide the answers and OT’s positions to the questions particularly surrounding Same Sex marriage and Beneficial Ownership

“It must be prepared to step in, as it did in 2001 when an Order in Council decriminalised homosexuality in OTs that had refused to do so. The Government should set a date by which it expects all OTs to have legalised same-sex marriage. If that deadline is not met, the Government should intervene through legislation or an Order in Council.”

Lord Ahmad, Minister with responsibilties to include the Caribbean and Overseas Territories, with Ben Merrick, Director of the OTs affairs

The OTs in the Caribbean include Montserrat, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands.
In the report, the Committee is also calling on the British government to urgently address concerns in the OTs about the issue of citizenship by descent and anomalies in the British Nationality Act that have taken too long to resolve.

Ian Austin, supporting…

“It should also consider options for removing quotas on the number of people in the OTs that can access NHS (National Health Service) services in the UK when their 32 Global Britain and the British Overseas Territories: Resetting the relationship own health systems cannot provide the care and treatment they need”

Mike Gapes, Chairman, leading the charge
Chris Bryant, supporting the charge

It said that this may be difficult from a bureaucratic point of view but it is an important test of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) ability to fight the OTs’ corner in the UK.

The Committee says belongership and its equivalents are wrong, noting that “while we recognise that the OTs are small communities with unique cultural identities, we do not accept that there is any justification to deny legally-resident British Overseas Territory and UK citizens the right to vote and to hold elected office.

“This elevates one group of British people over another and risks undermining the ties that bind the UK and the OTs together in one global British family.”

Andrew Rosindel, leading for a modern relationship,
on fair and even playing field

It suggests that London should initiate a consultation with the elected governments of the OTs and work with them to agree a plan to ensure that there is a pathway for all resident UK and British Overseas Territory citizens to be able to vote and hold elected office in territory.

“In its response to this report the FCO should lay out a timetable for this consultation process and set a deadline for phasing out discriminatory elements of belongership, or its territory-specific equivalents”.

The OTs are a set of largely self-governing territories spanning nine time zones, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Antarctic to the Caribbean. These territories are not part of the UK and each has its own constitution, but all share a bond with the UK.

The Committee notes that for the Overseas Territories, Global Britain is a living reality and they have a valuable part to play in it.

In the report, the Committee notes that while the UK has a duty under international law to provide for the development of the OTs, it also has a responsibility to UK taxpayers to ensure that the considerable amount of money it spends on the OTs is not wasted.

“This means not only transparency and accountability in day-to-day spending, but also ensuring that capital investment is genuinely capable of delivering the Government’s long-term objective to ensure that the OTs are financially self-sufficient.

“We are seriously concerned by evidence suggesting that, despite significant capital investment in some OTs in recent years, much more remains to be done to provide infrastructure in OTs such as Montserrat, Tristan da Cunha and St. Helena, with no clear end in sight,” the Committee noted.

It said also the government “must offer clarity on its long-term vision for the funding of the OTs, including replacing any lost EU funding, and continuing and expanding Blue Belt funding after 2020”.

It said towards this end, the British government should explore options for a dedicated development and stimulus fund for the OTs, which would allow for the long-term, sustainable development of aid-dependent territories; help to stimulate the economies of those who need a stimulus but do not qualify for official development assistance; and help territories that are otherwise financially self-sufficient respond to crises such as hurricanes.

“This long-term vision must be based on a clear-eyed assessment of how the UK will balance the needs of individual OTs against value for money for UK taxpayers. There must be scope to ask hard questions about the long-term sustainability and viability of individual OTs without further significant levels of UK capital investment. If the Government does not think significant capital investment is possible, then it must be frank about what it will spend and towards what end.”

The Committee said also that the government “must clarify the UK’s future relationship with the European Union as soon as possible and analyse the impact on the OTs, what funding will be required to ensure the OTs are not losing out, and what input the OTs will have on the replacement of EU funding in the future”.

The report notes that some of the Overseas Territories feel that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office should not be the lead UK department for the OTs.

It said that some of the countries believe that this arrangement reinforces the perception that the OTs are foreign and that it is not fit for purpose given the cross-government nature of the UK government’s modern relationship with the OTs.

“However, not all OTs agree and some feel that the FCO has long experience of working with the OTs, it has expertise in managing relationships with the countries that surround the OTs, and it deals on a daily basis with international treaty obligations relevant to the OTs.

“It is time for the UK Government to seriously engage with this issue and to do so in a fair and transparent manner. Before the next full meeting of the OTs Joint Ministerial Council, the Government should, therefore, commission an independent review into cross-government engagement with the OTs and the FCO’s management of its responsibilities towards them.

“Drawing on international comparisons, this review should consider alternatives to the FCO and assess the costs, benefits and risks associated with moving primary responsibility for the OTs away from the FCO,” the Committee said, adding that the findings of the review should be presented to the House and shared with the elected OT governments as soon as is feasible.

Related:

Editorial – Feb 22, 2019: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/it-is-not-just-money-power-and-sex/

Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on the OTs – Inquiry on new relationship

FAC Report pushes for homosexualisation of marriage How can Montserrat respond reasonably and responsibly

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Tensions high at Venezuelan border1 as aid convoy arrives

UN Security Council rejects US, Russia resolutions on Venezuela


The U.N. Security Council has rejected rival resolutions on Venezuela sponsored by the United States, which supports opposition leader Juan Guaido, and Russia, which backs President Nicolas Maduro.

The U.S. resolution received the minimum nine “yes” votes in the 15-member council on Thursday, but was vetoed by Russia and China.

The vote on the Russian resolution was four in favour, seven opposed and four abstentions.

The U.S. draft urged “the peaceful restoration of democracy” in Venezuela, free and fair presidential elections and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to all people in need.

The Russian draft expressed concern at threats to use force against Venezuela and interfere in the country’s domestic affairs and would have reaffirmed the government’s primary role in initiating international assistance.

Venezuela’s National Guard fired tear gas on opposition activists at a barricaded border bridge to Colombia on Saturday, and two protesters were killed near the border in Brazil, as the opposition tried to execute a high-risk plan to deliver humanitarian aid over the obstinate refusal of President Nicolas Maduro.

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