Brexit 2
Charles M. Flett
July 2019 - January 2020

  • Part 1.

  • Deal or no Deal

  • PM's initial job's just brutal carnage!
  • Cabinet re-shuffle's ruthless dealing,1
  • He promises we'll have "New Golden Age",
  • Ranting speech2 leaves Opposition reeling.
  • Jean Claude et al3 phone for a friendly chat,
  • They state that Irish Back Stop's set in stone,
  • These friendly chats sound anything but that,
  • New UK deal the EU wont condone!
  • Rebelling Members hatch cross-party plot,
  • Led by Philip H. and Sir Keir Starmer,4
  • To vote down "Brexit" if deal comes to naught,
  • Election follows with PM's departure?
  • BJ meets up with Scotland's Nicky S,5
  • To have a tête à tête in braw Bute House,
  • She tells him straight his "Brexit" plan's a mess,
  • He leaves by back door like a timorous mouse!6
  • Boris then goes on a trip to Belfast,
  • Enjoys a private meal with DUP,7
  • Other parties8 get his no deal forecast,
  • For them hard border smacks of lunacy!
  • His trip to Newport, Wales does not go well,
  • Welsh farmers fear the worst if no deal's done,
  • Lib Dems in Brecon make it worse to tell,9
  • Reducing Tory Commons lead to one!

  • Gordon Brown voiced loud his fearful trauma,10
  • "No deal spells disaster for the Union,
  • Leading to the breakup of Britannia,
  • Britishness no more than an illusion".

  • Our leading science role will soon be gone,
  • Loss of funding looms as no deal hastens,
  • "Gone are the days when we could stand alone,
  • We needs be part of larger group of nations".11
  • Trump asserts we're "first in line for trade deal",
  • Sends Bolton12 over with his cunning ploy,
  • His true intent for now he won't reveal,
  • 'Til chicken, chlorine-washed, ours to enjoy!13
  • Then House of Reps, Pelosi14 states with gloom,
  • Democrats will give trade deals the thumbsdown,
  • If Irish border troubles should resume-
  • Resulting in Good Friday peace's breakdown?
  • PM's Teutonic trip to talk to Merkel,
  • States soft Irish border would be tragic,
  • But deal requires that Boris squares that circle,
  • Thirty days to work his "Brexit" magic!
  • The next day15 Boris visits gay Paree,
  • Meets France's Macron for a fireside chat,
  • French stance the same as German's? - "Oh mais oui",
  • Were it cricket, then their shout'd be "Howzat!"
  • Part 2.

  • Chaos

  • "Remainer" party Leaders16 form cabal,
  • Plot preventing Boris "Brexit" breakout,
  • Divergence gone - they call each other "Pal",
  • And hope to stop the threatened Commons blackout.
  • Boris acts with little hesitation,
  • Sends Rees Mogg17 to Deeside - there to see the Queen,
  • She rubber stamps the PM's prorogation,18
  • "Check"! but whether "Mate" - still to be seen.
  • That was the straw that broke the camel's back,
  • Commons in revolt, some Tories too,
  • Outlawing "No Deal Brexit", their attack
  • Defeating Boris soundly PDQ!
  • PM responds with rebel members' purges,
  • House control's now gone - "No Deal's" unlawful,
  • Says he'll still get deal but naught emerges,
  • Extension time were he to be unfaithful!
  • Johnson's master plan now lies in tatters,
  • More front bench resignations follow on,
  • Brother Joe19, leaves Tories - as truth matters!
  • Disgusted Amber Rudd20 quits thereupon.
  • Six Motions tabled - Boris lost the lot!
  • Soon "No Deal" secret info will be seen,
  • Election call but Corbyn's plan its not,21
  • Both Houses closed till opened by the Queen.22
  • Prorogation may have been unlawful,
  • Top Scottish court has clearly ruled it so,23
  • English court declares it to be doubtful-
  • Realpolitik is not for them to know!?
  • Johnson takes a flight to Central Europe,
  • Tells Jean Claude the deal is still extant,
  • Rinne's24 concerned its just a Boris windup,
  • One sided press report's a Bettel25 rant.
  • Top UK court gives judgement, to a man26,
  • Johnson's prorogation deemed unlawful!
  • Parliament's resumption scuppers Boris ban,
  • Sovereignty restored sees Commons thankful.
  • Demands for Boris Johnson to resign,
  • 'Contrition' not a word he seems to know,
  • Responses vitriolic and malign,27
  • Jo Cox death he treats with shameful lingo.28
  • Boris sends Jean Claude his five-point 'final' deal,
  • "Ulster stays in EU's single market,
  • But leaves the customs union" - less appeal,
  • Still conflicts with EU's backstop target.
  • The "Brexit" boat's stuck firmly on the rocks,
  • Boris calls up Merkel crying "Mayday!"
  • Yells back, "Your Brexit deal's a paradox"-
  • "No lifeline from EU, so go away!"
  • Part 3.

  • "Die in a Ditch" - Dead

  • The darkest hour is just before the dawn,
  • New UK deal wins EU's approbation!
  • Their leaders looking far less woebegone,
  • Jean Claude declares "No more prolongation".
  • But quick fire "Brexit" plan does not get passed!
  • EU grants a further prolongation,29
  • Mind boggling MP's games leave folk aghast,
  • "Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!"30
  • All agree this Parliament is broken,
  • Election planned for dreich December day31,
  • A risky gamble or a Tory token
  • In lieu of logjammed deal? - leaves lots blasé.
  • December 12th - election day at last,
  • Exit poll sends Torry members dreaming,
  • Result leaves Labour voters quite downcast,
  • In over eighty years, their biggest beating.
  • Boris home'n dry by four score Tory seats,32
  • Corbyn's leadership will soon be ended,
  • Remainers' cause now suddenly retreats,
  • New "Brexit" date33 is set-as was intended.
  • "B" date arrives! The Rubicon's now crossed!
  • New fifty pence commemorates the day,
  • "Transition" needs recoup what "Brexit's" lost34
  • Or Boris says again he'll walk away!
  • What UK's future holds is hard to tell,
  • Will Scotland vote for severance and leave?
  • Will Ulster quit to sound another knell?
  • If so, would England bother ev'n to grieve?

  • Notes:

  • 1 Eleven ministers, including Jeremy Hunt, were sacked while six others resigned unable to support a no-deal Brexit.
  • 2 His maiden speech.
  • 3 Jean Claude Juncker, President of the EU, President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • 4 Philip Hammond, Theresa May's Chanchelor of the Exchequer and Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's Shadow Secetary of State for Exiting the EU.
  • 5 Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister.
  • 6 To avoid a protesting "Remain" crowd.
  • 7 Pro Tory Democratic Unionist Party.
  • 8 Sinn Fein, SDLP, Alliance, Green.
  • 9 Lib Dems, leading the Remain Alliance, win the Brecon Parliamentry by election from the Tories.
  • 10 An article he wrote for the Observer newspaper 11 August 2019.
  • 11 From a quotation by the late Stephen Hawking on Brexit.
  • 12 John "Bellicose" Bolton, the Bush-era war hawk announces that the UK will be "first in line for US trade deal".
  • 13 After we leave the EU with a US deal.
  • 14 Nancy Pelosi the speaker in the House of Representatives where the Democrat Party has a majority.
  • 15 22 August 2019.
  • 16 16 The Westminster leaders of the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Labour's shadow chancelor.
  • 17 Jacob Rees Mogg, President of the Privy Counsel.
  • 18 Parliament could be suspended from September 10 to October 16.
  • 19 Joseph Johnson, "Remainer", Minister of State for Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy and Education.
  • 20 Amber Rudd, "Remainer", Work and Pensions Secretary.
  • 21 Government vote for election, 293; 49 voted against while 303 Labour, SNP and others abstained, depriving the Torries of the required two thirds majority.
  • 22 In five weeks time, on October 14th.
  • 23 75 MPs applied to the Court of Session in Scotland while 1 MP applied to the Appeal Court in England who decided politics was not their business.
  • 24 Antti Rinne, the prime minister of Finland after a meeting with France's Macron.
  • 25 Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, where the meeting with Jean Claude Juncker was held.
  • 26 A unanimous verdict from all eleven Supreme Court judges.
  • 27 The 25th October - The most disgraceful naked aggression that parliament has ever witnessed.
  • 28 Jo Cox was a Labour MP murdered in 2016 by a far right fanatic for her pro EU views.
  • 29 Until January 31st.
  • 30 Quoting Burns, "Such a parcel of rogues in a nation" concerning the Act of Union, 1707.
  • 31 12th December.
  • 32 Main party votes: Conservatives, 365; Labour, 203; SNP, 48;
  • Lib. Dems.11; Greens, 1; DUP, 8; Sinn Fein, 7; Plaid Cymru, 4.
  • 33 31 January, 2020.
  • 34 Trade deals with 27 remaining EU countries and now with non EU, WTO countries. Scientific research projects with EU. Security arrangements with EU. Immigration and people movement etc, etc.

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