May Loses Again, No Deal Opposed, & ID For Porn???

UK News Roundup 11/01/2019

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May told to get a move on.

Parliament has reconvened after the holiday break, and the Commons debates preceding the proposed “Meaningful Vote” next Tuesday have resulted in fresh blows to Prime Minister Theresa May’s confidence. The cabinet proposed 21 days to prepare a Plan B if the House decided that it did still not support May’s deal on Brexit. MPs voted down this proposal, meaning May has three days to come up with something substantial.

The Plan B could involve anything from a second referendum, a managed no deal or a “Norway option,” but none of these options have majority support in Parliament. Both parties are split, and if any movement is to get headway in the coming weeks, cross-party support will be necessary.

That is why the PM is considering an option brought forward by Labour Party MP John Mann, who is a Leave supporter – if certain concessions are made with workers rights and environmental protections, some Labour MPs might be persuaded to back May. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn errs, preferring a general election.

A general election would only work if the entire party system was uprooted, which is not going to happen in such a short space of time. The split is between Remain and Leave, or establishmentarianism and populism, not Labour and Conservative.

Websites requiring ID to view porn

The British Nanny State rolls on, as rules implemented by David Cameron back in 2015 will require all streaming content to display age restrictions and require viewers to enter identification details in the coming Spring. Enacted under the auspices of adhering to suggestions by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) (the organization that regulates age-rating classifications in Britain), it will apply to online pornography too.

It seems odd that as British society becomes more and more open and liberal as time goes by, the state apparatus becomes more and more puritan. We’re now no longer allowed to eat what we like, nor view what we like on the internet without undue scrutiny. The proper role of parenting children, and protecting them from the material it’s better they not see, is of parents, not the state.

Rebel, Rebel.

The OG Tory rebels were the hardcore Brexiteers, standing against the Theresa May’s government’s milquetoast stance on the EU. Now with the prospect of “crashing out” with a new deal, there are a new set of Remainer rebels prepared to oppose May. Now Business Secretary Greg Clark has threatened to resign from the cabinet if Britain exits the Union without a deal.

This comes as there is growing opposition from the front and back benches against what they see as the disaster, and irreparable damage to Britain’s economy and security a no deal would cause.

A no deal is still the favored option of the European Research Group (ERG), headed by Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has consistently iterated that “No Deal would not be the end of the world,” linking to an article from Euro Guido reporting that the EU and the UK have agreed to maintain the Common Transit Convention, meaning tariffs and customs fees will be paid once goods reach their final destination – there will be no hold-ups at the border.

Above all else, No Deal is a clean break from the EU, and satisfied the precautionary principle – all the other options, including Theresa May’s deal, risk us staying in the Union. That must not happen.

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