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Brexit: No majority for any options after MPs' votes

Source: BBC

How MPs voted
Confirmatory referendum - For: 268 Against: 295
Customs union - For: 264 Against: 272
Labour's Brexit plan - For: 237 Against: 307
Common Market 2.0 - For: 188 Against: 283
Revoking Article to avoid no deal - For: 184 Against: 293
No-deal exit on 12 April - For: 160 Against: 400
Malthouse Plan B - For: 139 Against: 422
EFTA and EEA membership - For: 65 Against: 377
The proposal which came closest to commanding majority support was a cross-party plan - tabled by former Conservative chancellor Ken Clarke - for the whole of the UK to join a new customs union with the EU to ensure tariff-free trade after the UK's exit.

Its supporters included five Conservative ministers: Mark Field, Stephen Hammond, Margot James, Anne Milton and Rory Stewart.

All Conservative MPs - excluding cabinet ministers - were given a free vote, meaning they were not ordered to vote in a certain way.

Eight Conservatives voted for a referendum to endorse the deal, the proposal which secured the most affirmative votes. Labour controversially whipped its MPs to back the proposal but 10 shadow ministers abstained and Melanie Onn quit her job to vote against.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-47728333

Hard Brexit is a domino that could unleash very unintended economic consequences.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Wed Mar 27, 2019, 09:51 PM (8 replies)

Mueller Hot Take 12,000,006

1) Ultimately, this reminds me of Iran Contra. Prosecutors were able (for a time, anyway) to get North, Poindexter, and McFarland -- but could never tie the funneling of money to the Contras to President Regan.

2) I agree that the firing of Comey and the "Russia if you're listening.." campaign speech tend to undercut the report's conclusion, but what do I know?

3) We still don't know what SDNY will conclude.

4) Let's be real: it's a big win for Trump. It will likely give him a popularity boost (we'll know in about a week), and (in the minds of many) it supports his assertion that this has been a witchhunt, This means it is not a good day for America or its Constitution. Trump will now feel emboldened to attack the media and attempt to suppress critics -- especially the late night hosts and SNL. It does not bode well for 2020.

5) Let's also be real: Americans vote their pocketbooks. So far, the Trump tax reforms have been unpopular with average Americans, while at the same time raising the deficit. Meanwhile, there are indicators that a recession is looming.

6) We all need to keep resisting and stay woke. There are other battles, other issues, and other days. Move on to those.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Mar 24, 2019, 04:44 PM (3 replies)

11-foot wall of water: One dam breaks, three counties suffer

Lincoln Journal Star

Earlier, the Niobrara had been running at 5 or 6 feet of gauge height. After it broke through the dam, it measured nearly 17.5 feet. It wasn’t a gradual increase, either.

“It started a really fast rise,” he said. “There was an 11-foot wave that rolled through.”

And in its wake, three Nebraska counties would learn how that much moving water can become immediately destructive and potentially deadly. How it can cause instant pain and long-term suffering. How it can harm not only those in its path, but those living miles away.

First, the wave swept away a section of U.S. 281, a nearby riverside saloon and at least one home, possibly occupied. And it continued downstream, barreling toward the town of Niobrara — and its mouth at the Missouri River — about 40 miles away.
Posted by Algernon Moncrieff | Sun Mar 17, 2019, 11:15 AM (48 replies)
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