Isolation

A no-deal Brexit is looming on January 1st and on the highways here in The Netherlands, on the ferry routes from England, I saw these signs the other day…

Now in addition, with a new Corona virus strain in the UK appearing, the EU is blocking all travel from the UK and the UK is more isolated now than ever. In our family group chat my brother in London feels more locked in than ever. “For now, we’re not coming off the island” he is saying, accompanied by some dramatic smilies. My aunt replied with “The UK is now completely cut off! Very radical (as in painful). Be careful.”

For the more cynical amongst us, I guess Brexit has started early and it’s heartbreaking to see the UK become even more isolated from their neighbours now that even all goods have been halted at the borders. I hope something can be done, it was already going to be very difficult with (no-deal) Brexit, these new bans make it even more impossible. I hope my brother, niece and friends and readers in the UK will be OK. All of them/you are very much in my thoughts.

As for this new corona virus strain, which is even more infectious than the original virus, it has also been detected in The Netherlands. So far, reports say that only two people in Amsterdam (one of whom had not been to the UK recently) have been diagnosed with it. We are already in strict lockdown (no curfews as yet, but in all other aspects it’s strict) until January 19th, I wonder if this new strain will be cause for measures to become even stricter or prolongued here. This past year has already been a year in isolation, I wonder if, despite the vaccinations that are coming, the year 2021 will continue to be the same. The thought is very depressing.

Brexit day today…

… and that makes me so sad! Saw this video cross my Twitter timeline…

… and it actually made me cry. I so very much hate that it has come to this!

Brexit protest – will it help?

Been catching up a little with the news again today after I took a small time-out for a few days because it all got a bit much. So, it seems yesterday there was a huge march in London protesting Brexit. Hundreds of thousands, maybe even a million, marched! March 29th as Brexit date is looming (only 5 more days!) and I doubt this protest will change much, but I can only hope. Protest signs last year during the Trump visit were good, signs protesting Brexit yesterday were just as good! As I’ve been reading, I’ve been collecting images. In support of protesting Brexit, here’s a collection of the signs I enjoyed most (click on images to enlarge).

The Revoke Article 50 petition is up to 5 and a quarter million signatures when I checked just now:

2019-03-24 22_38 Revole article 50 petition.
(https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/241584)

… but I doubt that even that will stop Brexit. I don’t think anything will stop it now, unfortunately, but I will keep on hoping.

Remaining Richard

Just before I head to bed (waaaay too late, of course, it’s almost 2 am here now!), I see this header on Richard Armitage’s Twitter page!

2019-03-20 01_47_11-Richard Armitage (@RCArmitage) _ TwitterU flag

Methinks this is his anti-Brexit, pro EU statement. It’s good to see his support for remaining in the EU, I too wish Brexit wouldn’t happen. Only 9 days away now until the Brexit date. We so wonder at our house how this mess will be solved…

 

Order!

Been watching the BBC and the Brexit deal vote all evening. 202 Members of Parliament voted for Theresa May’s Brexit deal and 432 MP’s have voted against. What next, I wonder, with 2/3 of parliament against the deal? But I don’t want to go into politics here, rather I’d liked to focus on the speaker of the House of Commons.

I think for the first time ever I really noticed the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. I rarely watch any UK parliamentary debates, mostly only see highlights on the news and those don’t show the speaker so much. This evening, however, I have been watching Jeremy Corbyn’s and Theresa May’s speeches in parliament live on TV and John Bercow stood out. Watching the House of Commons is always an interesting show with all the shouting going on and I looked on in admiration how this little man, looking a bit despotic, tried to keep control of the session. I know nothing of the man or his politics but his handling of rowdy MP’s just made me laugh. Been looking on YouTube and found some good clips, like this one from last year…

or this one…

I’m sure he must sometimes seem crass or make people angry, and I wonder if he can even be seen as bullying, but goodness, parliament is LOUD and you really do need someone knowledgeable with good vocal chords calling MP’s out on their behaviour to keep control over parliament! I know I couldn’t do it…