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Brexit: A very Messy Divorce

Brexit won. It is safe to say that that was unexpected. The bookies had 'remain' odds-on favorite. The currency and stock markets had priced in a 'remain' vote. Even Nigel Farage -  leader of the ultra-nationalist party, UKIP and a prominent figure of the 'leave' bloc - suggested, as the ...

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Donald Trump's Campaign May Sink in the Harbor.

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Brexit: A Quixotic Quest for a UK that Never Was.

On June 23rd, the British will vote to decide 'Brexit'. The choice is between staying in the European Union ('remain') and leaving ('leave'). The tides of opinion have shifted back and forth with neither side gaining a clear lead. The momentum seemed to be behind the 'leave' forces - until the ...

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Homosexuality is not a sin - no matter what your book says.

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Brexit: A very Messy Divorce

by Pitt Griffin on June 24, 2016 · 0 comments

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Brexit won. It is safe to say that that was unexpected. The bookies had ‘remain’ odds-on favorite. The currency and stock markets had priced in a ‘remain’ vote. Even Nigel Farage –  leader of the ultra-nationalist party, UKIP and a prominent figure of the ‘leave’ bloc – suggested, as the polls closed, that staying was the likely outcome. Then the votes were counted and just like that Britain was out of the EU.

Hang on a minute; it isn’t that simple. It’s an extraordinarily complicated divorce. And there are no precedents to provide a road map. There are legal procedures to be followed. Even the vote itself isn’t sufficient. It is Parliament that is empowered to make the decision. Theoretically, it could refuse to trigger Article 50 – the official notice of leaving.

And in the cold light of day, it is dawning on some that their vote to leave might have been coerced with bald-faced lies.

Farage admitted on ‘Good Morning Britain’ that a significant promise of the ‘leavers’ was just so much wind. Co-host Susanna Reid asked Farage, “The 350 million pounds a week we send to the EU, which we will no longer send to the EU, can you guarantee that’s going to go to the NHS?”

He shockingly replied, “No I can’t, and I never would have made that claim. One of the mistakes that the Leave campaign made…”

And there’s more. The European Union provides many guarantees for workers – such as four weeks of vacation, maternity/paternity/ family leave that a newly independent UK may not make provision for. Now Brits will need a passport to travel through Europe. And the days of cheap menial labor are threatened.

Some recognized the jeopardy. A petition to reconsider the vote is circulating. It already has 1.3 million signatures.

Many British celebrities are weighing in. Hugh Laurie suggests “best of three”. And JK Rowling says she has never wished so hard for magic.

One early casualty of Brexit was the Prime Minister. David Cameron. He had originally scheduled the referendum on Europe as a sop to his far right backbenchers. No one thought it would amount to much. Oops! He resigned.

The United Kingdom itself may not survive. The English and Welsh voted to leave. But the Scots and Northern Irish voted to remain. Already the Scottish leader, Nicola Sturgeon has intimated that there will be a new independence vote within a couple of months.

With Brexit crossing the border between the North and the Republic of Ireland will require a passport. And there will be restrictions on workers pursuing opportunities on the other side.

The financial markets took a beating (see above). The FTSE 250, a British stock market measure lost 7.2%. The pound dropped from $1.50 to $1.36. In New York, the DJIA fell 620 points (3.4%). London’s status as a world banking center is now in question.

In the US both President Obama and Hillary Clinton – supporters of a ‘remain’ vote – made nice remarks about honoring the vote. What else are they going to say? Meanwhile in Scotland Donald Trump, presented with the opportunity to sound presidential, came unglued.

In the face of the historic vote, he spent 13 minutes of a press conference extolling the virtues of his golf course. When he was finally convinced to address the issue, he admitted he had no idea who Boris Johnson was. (Johnson is the ex-Mayor of London, leading voice of the Brexit movement, and likely next Prime Minister)

In a tweet, he said that he had just landed in Scotland and found the natives exuberant about taking their country back. Completely missing the point that the Scots had overwhelmingly voted to stay in Europe. Lily Allen was moved to Twitter-spank him in reply.

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Evangelicals Bat Their Eyes at Donald Trump.

June 23, 2016

One of the oddities on the 2016 election is why evangelicals are so hot on Donald Trump. It seems an unlikely match between the nominally Christian and a godless man. Trump is a morally corrupt, serial philanderer, with no care for the poor and little evidence of any charitable inclinations. If he has any biblical knowledge, he […]

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