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Young as they are, Clinton Snowflakes have the most to lose from a nuclear holocaust. Basically, everything. The life that they’ve been planning. Everything! Like sheep to the slaughter, millions will vote for the Obama-Clinton War Party.

Even Bernie Sanders is in the November 2018 mix, seeking a third Senate term on the same good ol’ War Party ticket.

Like Clinton, Sanders is a seasoned interventionist. Writer Jeffrey St. Clair makes the point that both Clinton and Sanders are in the business of advancing “hawkish policies under the ragged banner of ‘humanitarianism.’”

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St. Clair adds, “Sanders supported Bill Clinton’s war on Serbia, voted for the 2001 Authorization Unilateral Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), which pretty much allowed Bush to wage war wherever he wanted, backed Obama’s Libyan debacle and he supported an expanded US role in the Syrian Civil War.” There’s
more.

The perception of Sanders as a hunched, peacenik professor is effective in garnering support from liberals with a limp. That is, he strikes a chord in those with low grades in history and geography yet who are high on voting from the heart – one sculpted by CNN and MSNBC. As incomprehensible as it might be to a conscientious Snowflake, the policies of Sanders, like those of Obama and Clinton, make him a murderer. Indeed, murder, he wrote. His vote helped tighten
the noose that snapped the neck of Saddam Hussein, separating his body from his soul.

Dear Snowflakes, Sanders is also on record for voting twice in favor of resolutions for regime change in Iraq. The War Party justification for the dastardly execution of Iraq’s national leader, following the cruise missile invasion and rape of the country, remains unrepentant – it was a humanitarian act, implemented for the good of Iraqi citizens and for all humankind.

Might hindsight offer a different perspective? More than one million died, including up to 500,000 Iraqi children. Fifteen years after our fearless leader, G.W. Bush proclaimed, “Mission Accomplished,” Iraq remains in tatters.

Some 4,000 Americans died in vain unless dying for Halliburton counts for something. Tell this to grieving parents! All the while, Iraq has teetered
on the brink of civil war. High living standards and the prosperous middle class under Saddam are history. Oil, architectural treasures, and bank accounts have been looted. A number of major cities are beyond repair. Gifted and educated

Iraqis have fled. The chaos, sown by Hillary and the War Party, gave rise to ISIS and all of its attendant evil.

Such are some of the fruits of the War Party’s humanitarianism. Can you empathize with the gratitude that Iraqis feel for Bernie, Hillary, Obama, as well as
Bush, a “Republican?” Is it unfair to blame only the War Party? After all, Bush, Cheney and their neocons –Republicans – pushed the button on naked, US
aggression.

In the year 2016, masks came off thanks to the Trump miracle. The electorate became a witness to who is really who.

Bush, Jr., along with his father and brother Jeb, can be viewed as sore losers. Fair play on their part was left wanting. Mostly, they showed their true colors. By not supporting the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, they became de facto sympathizers of the War Party.

Benedict Arnold’s betrayal was more noble, considering that his actions were largely motivated by love. He, after all, sought to win the affection of Peggy Shippen, who was from a loyalist family.

One can only imagine how grateful Iraqis are to Bush, Jr. considering the nightmare that he wrought on their nation. It appears that it will remain prudent for Americans on globe-trotting adventures to side-step Iraq, for the foreseeable future.

Recall Obama’s rhetoric about Putin isolating Russia? In fact, it’s Clinton, Bush, and Obama, who have increasingly isolated America from prospective business in large swaths of the Earth’s surface.

Aging hippies might display a peace symbol on a tie dye T-shirt for fun, yet the generation that was a witness to the horrors of the Viet Nam War has not forgotten
that it was the left-leaning War Party that was responsible for, “Apocalypse Now.” May it never be forgotten that President Johnson lied to the baby boomer
generation, justifying America’s entry into the war on the basis of the premeditated, false flag, Tonkin Gulf incident.

As reported in the Washington Times, “A jumbo-sized Gallup poll now reveals that baby boomers — who once espoused free love, flower power and took to the
streets to protest most anything — now constitute a conservative stronghold.” The “jumbo-sized Gallup poll” is actually 14 Gallup polls conducted throughout 2014,
among 16,479 U.S. adults. The statistics are a nightmare for the War Party, considering that baby-boomers account for the largest voting bloc. You don’t turn down a lunch invitation with the King of Norway. Or do you?

That is, you do if you lack upbringing or if you’re Obama. In the spirit of Woody Allen’s film, you take the money and run, hightailing it out of Oslo before petitions
circulating with the speed of light attain the one million signatures needed for a candidate to have to return the Noble Peace Prize. In fact, prize money cannot be taken back by the committee but did Obama know this?

Despite Obama lacking culture, tradition, and good manners, when pitted against predecessor Bill Clinton preying on interns or of “W” greeting the British Queen
with his hands in his pockets, Obama’s swagger of success accepting undeserved prize money isn’t too far out of bounds.

How he managed to keep a straight face during his laureate acceptance speech is anyone’s guess. It might be recalled that he received the lucrative prize some 12
weeks after being elected, despite no feet-on-the-ground work and no Praise Ye the Lord peace accomplishments. Looking back, Obama apparently duped the prize committee with eloquent speeches festered as they were with unfulfilled hopes, promises and, as time would demonstrate, hypocrisy. The LA Times put it, bluntly:
“U.S. military forces have been at war for all eight years of Obama’s tenure, the first two-term president with that distinction.”

Obama loved rehashing Bill Clinton’s line about being on “the right side of history.” Obama also never hesitated threatening world leaders and nations like
Russia with being on “the wrong side of history.” Is it not curious that, outside of the US, the Obama-Clinton legacy is etched on the wrong side of history, with Obama known as the “Destroyer of Nations?”

It includes Kenya, where Obama’s half-brother Malik lives. He openly expressed his disgust with the Obama-Clinton tag team, as well as with the Democratic Party. He accused them of hypocrisy and for taking the African Continent backward not forward by murdering Qaddafi, a leader who Malik respected and knew well.

Despite US propaganda to the contrary, Qaddafi, was leading by way of example. Without belaboring the positives, they included: free electricity, medicine, and education. Free land was dispensed to farmers and everyone as eligible for interest-free loans. Newlyweds received $50,000 for a mortgage down-payment. Citizens even earned a percentage of oil sales.

Libya had no debt and about 150 billion USD in reserves. (Today, Brussels cannot explain the disappearance of billions!). Considering that Clinton spearheaded the brutal murder of Gaddafi, it was out of the question for Malik to vote for her. In fact, he voted for Trump and he made it a point for the press to know about it.

If Malik helped pin the tail on the Democratic donkey describing his brother as a hypocrite, Obama’s peace laureate, acceptance speech also magnifies vanity, if not
arrogance. Picking up on Obama’s prepared text:

“Throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of
causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action.” Did Obama have in mind “action” like destroying Libya, the promise of Africa?
Did it include action like butchering Muammar Qaddafi? To the discredit of Obama and a much-bemused Hillary, they overturned the most stable and the most prosperous nation in Africa, transforming it into a lawless, jihadist, spawning ground.

Is it possible to forget Clinton’s satanic laugh and her fascination – if not arousal – over the bloodied, Libyan leader being impaled on a splintered, shovel handle?
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange believes there is, “Something wrong with Hillary Clinton. It is not just her constant lying. It is not just that she throws off menacing glares and seethes thwarted entitlement.

“Something much darker rides along with it.” Assange gets to the center of her personality calling it, “A cold creepiness rarely seen.”
Might a “multiple personality disorder,” diagnosis be too euphemistic? Any diagnosis has to include her calls to action to murder children. Not only those in
the womb.

Didn’t she brag about being the one who convinced Billy to bomb Serbia? To this day – and for no few years to come – children are born in Belgrade with depleted
uranium deformities and cancers. Ever since her Ouija board, rule-the-world séances in the White House, Clinton has been arm-in-arm with another infanticide advocate, Madeleine Albright of, “We think it was worth it,” notoriety regarding the killing one-half million Iraqi children. If the New Testament might offer any
advice to monsters who hurt children, it might be best for these two, so-called women, to tie millstones around their necks and to drown themselves in the depths
of the sea. Or, might such punishment be insufficient?

Hello? Folks? Hillary has not disappeared. To the demise of the Democratic Party, she’s running in 2020, despite routinely flip-flopping when asked. The Devil, after
all, promised her the World.

God forbid that she should be in a position of real authority to threaten Putin. Recall her calling for a “no-fly zone” in Syria? For what? To save her jihadists
from annihilation by those bent on really destroying the dragons of Arabia? 2 Esdras 15:29. Biden (remember him?) threatened Putin with war but, fortunately for humanity, Biden is rarely taken seriously by “partners” with more-than-serious weapons.

Biden’s down-to-earth fear was that Putin might release information damaging to Hillary. Such information, apparently, could have really swayed the
election. I’m curious, aren’t you? What information could be so damaging that Biden would go out of his way to meet with Putin and threaten him? What does Putin know about her that the world doesn’t already know?

Wasn’t another one of Obama’s “calls to action” the pilfering of Gaddafi’s impressive, weapon stockpiles, including some 20,000 Stinger, heat-seeking
missiles? More precisely, with Hillary’s oversight weren’t they smuggled through NATO partner Turkey to the head-chopping, heart-eating “moderate opposition” in
Iraq and Syria?

Thanks to WikiLeaks, the world knows that most of the 30,000 “missing” emails reveal Clinton’s terrorist-sponsoring complicity. On her “conscience” is much
more than the gruesome murder of Ambassador Stevens. Hundreds of thousands of innocent souls have perished as a result of her adventurism in the greater, Levant.
Many more have become refugees.

Then again, Arab and Syrian lives don’t matter. At least not in Obama’s “American Exceptionalism” script – a rather repulsive form of elitism, which is a
euphemism for not-so-thinly-veiled racism laced with double standards. Racism can be defined a number of ways but in every definition the perception of
one entity being superior to another is the common denominator. The perception can be racial, cultural, religious, institutional, or national superiority. Obama’s racism aka “American Exceptionalism” is closer to supremacism – a Hitleresque variant of racism because of inevitable consequences for its victims.

In other words, Obama’s supremacism is an ideology of superiority and domination. In his view, America is superior to other nations, which justifies its
entitlement to dominate, to control, and to subjugate nations like Iraq, Libya, and Syria with impunity. Look at the horrific crimes being committed in Yemen. Is
anyone in Washington planning any retaliatory strikes on Saudi Arabia? After the Saudi consulate murder in Istanbul, we learned the answer. The value of US
democracy tops out at $110 billion.

A supposedly superior or exceptional America is entitled to bomb, blackmail, kill, torture, (“extraordinary rendition”) and commit heinous, international war crimes
without legal consequences. Let not the International Tribunal in The Hague dare bring it up! It just got threatened by Bolton with sanctions for just considering to look into US war crimes!

Let us not forget that it was the humanist, Clinton duo, which first violated international law and basic ethics by authorizing extraordinary rendition or US torture by proxy. Correct, it wasn’t Bush’s invention. He is just another swamp creature – who also masqueraded as president – one who jumped on the occasion to execute the Clintons’ sadistic workings. Was it to satisfy his own psychiatric whims? We may never fully know. “Mission accomplished!” was proclaimed over
the moans of human bones trafficked through the extraordinary rendition gulag and left to fossilize in dark, far corners of US dungeons without a post-mortem right to
a family burial.

The United Nations considers any nation that abducts the citizens of another nation a crime against humanity. The European Court of Human Rights has actually taken action against American collaborators of torture and human rights abuse. Not against America; just against its collaborators.

The Polish government, for one, was condemned for participating in extraordinary CIA rendition. Poland had to pay restitution to those who were abducted and taken
to a CIA-run black site on Polish soil and tortured. Obama’s election promises included shutting down these “black sites” but, to the present day, they’re blacker-
than-ever and ever-so-functional. Stalin’s beast, Beria, is rolling over in his grave with envy over the Clinton’s program. In all, some 54 nations collaborated in human abuse and torture, included the core nations of Europe – those that are heard, most often, espousing and advertising vaunted, “West European values,” namely, France, Germany, Britain, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and Ireland. Picture the following enactment of those who seek to rule the world – the US
government in action.

The Commander-in-Chief of the more humane, torture program is sitting brandishing improper education – feet routinely high up on the desk – as his
Secretary of State approaches in black leather stroking a whip handle, “Hey, there, big boy, ready to power-play?”

Obama cringes from word abuse yet manages to express his delight with a moan. “Arab Spring! What d’ya think? Nice, promotional ring!” she chuckles. “Imagine
the fresh crop of rendition recruits it’ll bring! Hotel guests waterboarded by brother Bush have gone somewhat stale. All of the drugged suppositories, you know. Should’ve been laced with Viagra instead of sedatives,” bemuses Hillary, pursing her lips, wickedly.

“Money allocated; money spent. Never waste a dime. And funding has to be justified, you know. One hundred and forty-three tons of Libyan gold is there for
the take.” Obama looks on, squirming with sequestered pleasure recalling how his SOS eliminated Gaddafi with the help of President Sarkozy.

It really might be time for a clause to be added to the Nobel Peace Prize charter, an exit clause so that a laureate is stripped of the prize? If crimes against humanity,
international kidnapping and torture, aren’t enough what about a world in flames or even a nuclear winter? Malfeasance might have been the rudder of Clinton’s
foreign policy but as the captain of the ship, Obama is ultimately responsible. At the end of the day, it was the peace prize committee that got discredited, while
Obama snugly pocketed the cash, laughing all the way back to Washington. For their final, joint encore, the Harold and Maude, White House duo overthrew
the democratically elected, Ukrainian government with 5B USD according to another gem in the rough: neocon Victoria Nuland.

Transport C-130s, filled with pallets of hundred dollar bills, would land just outside of Kiev while the city bled and burned. Molotov cocktails lit up Berkut
police like Christmas trees. Whipped with chains and shot by snipers they demonstrated otherworldly restraint that no good, US cop would have
demonstrated for more than a few, trigger-happy seconds.

With a straight face mask, Obama referred to the scenes from Hell as “Peaceful protests.” Apparently, America’s interference and blatant meddling comprised yet
another “call to action” that he promised in Oslo. Obama’s in-your-face intrusion into Ukraine succeeded in antagonizing cousin neighbors, Ukraine and Russia – in
spite of thousands of years of joint history. And the Russian border is some 280 miles distant from Kiev, a fact that has raised a few security eyebrows in the
Kremlin.

What justification exists for the CIA to hang the American flag at the entrance to the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) – a Gestapo-like entity, which – you might
have guessed it – “legally” engages in torture and routinely implements murder as a tool of State foreign policy. The address, 33 Vladimirskaya Street, fourth floor is
where CIA employees arrived daily in two oversized jeeps. From here, US genocide by proxy was implemented in the Donbass region, a “call to action” that
has resulted in 12,000-plus deaths of mostly children, their parents, the infirm, and the elderly.

The bloody successes of the American-Ukrainian Gestapo eventually entitled it to a comfier address near a church in Kiev’s city center. Every six months, the heads
of each security section travels to the States for professional grooming. Instruction centers on how to combat Russia, the inferred enemy. No method is too harsh; no
tactic is out-of-bounds. Judging from provocations, like the shoot-down of Malaysian airlines flight MH 17 out of Schiphol, the sacrifice of 298 lives is worth it if the slightest chance exists to ramp up propaganda, true or not, so as to denigrate Russia’s image.

Obama-Clinton neocons, cheered on by warlord McCain, invested no small chump change into destroying family ties between Russia and Ukraine. The money was
never intended to assist Ukrainians. It was all about geopolitics. Sir Halford Mackinder lay down the guidelines for Great Britain to control the
European Continent, some 112 years ago. In fact, it was a blueprint for World domination by the British yet Mackinder never dreamed that the US would get so
involved and would occupy Ukraine, one day.

The world witnessed how it was done, including the cynical, Maidan mockery, with Nuland handing out wheat buns to Maidan rabble-rousers. Is it not quite the
twist, considering that Ukraine was the breadbasket of Europe under the Tsars? NATO was supposed to occupy the port of Sevastopol, hence the outrage when
Russian inhabitants of the Crimean Peninsula – the vast majority – declared independence and, later, voted to join the Russian Federation. It was real
democracy at work but since it didn’t serve US interests, the right to self-determination of 3 million people was negated by Obama, who, promptly, imposed
sanctions. Think about Obama’s genius for how to make friends and influence people. Would you respect anyone who blackmailed you out of spite?

Correct, 5B USD was spent by the War Party to reset the Doomsday Clock at 2 minutes to midnight. So much for the Nobel Peace Laureate and his minions.
The first to extend a hand in friendship was Gorbachev. Yeltsin followed, and, finally, Putin did, as well. The average American citizen said, “Why not?” The
military industrial complex and the Establishment, corporate elite or the Deep State said, “No way!”

Today, the nations of the world are saying: “We don’t want it!” in plain, Jimmy Buffett talk. “We don’t want that much US organization in our lives!”
Murder and destruction – aptly summed up as the international war crimes of the past three, US presidents – is mere window dressing for the Snowflake
Establishment. It’s conveniently overlooked by Washington’s sycophant press whose success in steamrolling bias and propaganda over the American public
rather than presenting real news continues to make Goebbels blush neon red. America’s political, moral compass might have always deviated from true north considering all of the sex, lies, and videotape but beginning with the Clinton-Lewinsky, magnetite years it began doing 360s up through the reign of Obama-
Hillary. What moral right does Washington have to be instructing any nation on how to conduct its internal affairs?

The nonsensical madness of War Party doings – sometimes mistaken for US foreign policy – is not making anyone safer nor is it making the World a more
humane place.

Both Clinton and Trump are in business. However, Hillary, like her new-found Bush friends, are in demolition. Trump is in construction.
Can America be resurrected? What needs to be done. Is democracy the answer or an impediment? And what happened to the free America that we once knew?

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ALL of humanity loses in a world nuclear holocaust…flakes and non flakes. What a mindless statement.

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I think the point was that youth has the most to lose as they have their whole life ahead of them. I don´t want to die either, but I´m 76 years old so I don´t have as much time on this earth to lose as a thirty year old.

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I couldn’t agree more! Citizens will never benefit from this nukes arms race. Did you read about puk theft in US?

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And, both the Democrats and Republicans are War Parties on behalf When will the people of the USA wake up!f of Deep States which run the USA!

Tjoe
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What a terrible dissertation, hard to read and stay on track, except blaming Democrats for everything. I think Bush knew about 9.11 coming down and he let them do it and that Hillary was involved with planning and execution, via patsy’s, demolitions and remote control planes. Bush is Republican.

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So Ireland participated in US torture? This is new to me, who has been living in Ireland for 75 years. Will the author of this please supply evidence to support his claim?

john vieira
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In just three more days your final question WILL be answered. Just hope that there are MORE conservative minded voting Americans than there are progressive liberal “left of centre” voters….

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There are two war parties, or, rather, one war party with two wings. Both Dems and Republicans are war criminals — with the possible exception of one or two individuals (like Rand Paul).

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Totally lame. Anyone who tells you that there is a hairs’ breadth of difference on foreign policy or economic policy between Democrats and Republicans is not to be trusted, because they are lying. Don’t listen to what the candidates say; look at what these plutocrats do once they gain power.

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BREXIT chaos, as May’s cabinet crumbles (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at the various scenarios now facing a crumbling May government, as the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is forcing cabinet members to resign in rapid succession. The weekend ahead is fraught with uncertainty for the UK and its position within, or outside, the European Union.

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If Theresa May’s ill-fated Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is eventually rejected this could trigger a vote of no confidence, snap elections or even a new referendum…

Here are six possible scenarios facing Theresa May and the UK (via The Guardian)

1 Parliament blocks Theresa May’s draft withdrawal agreement and political declarations

May faces an enormous task to win parliamentary approval, given that Labour, the SNP, the DUP and 51 Tories have said they will not vote for it.

If the remaining 27 EU member states sign off the draft agreement on 25 November, the government will have to win over MPs at a crucial vote in early December.

If May loses the vote, she has 21 days to put forward a new plan. If she wins, she is safe for now.

2 May withdraws the current draft agreement

The prime minister could decide that she will not get the draft agreement through parliament and could seek to renegotiate with the EU.

This would anger Tory backbenchers and Brussels and would be seen as a humiliation for her government. It might spark a leadership contest too.

3 Extend article 50

May could ask the European council to extend article 50, giving her more time to come up with a deal that could be passed by parliament – at present, the UK will leave on 29 March 2019.

Such a request would not necessarily be granted. Some EU governments are under pressure from populist parties to get the UK out of the EU as soon as possible.

4 Conservative MPs trigger a vote of no confidence in the prime minister

If Conservative MPs believe May is no longer fit for office, they could trigger a no-confidence vote.

Members of the European Research Group claim that Graham Brady, the chair of the powerful 1922 Committee, will receive the necessary 48 letters this week.

A vote could be held as soon as early next week. All Tory MPs would be asked to vote for or against their leader. If May wins, she cannot be challenged for at least 12 months. If she loses, there would be a leadership contest to decide who will become prime minister.

5 General election – three possible routes

If May fails to get support for the current deal, she could call a snap general election.

She would table a parliamentary vote for a general election that would have to be passed by two thirds of MPs. She would then set an election date, which could be by the end of January.

This is an unlikely option. May’s political credibility was severely damaged when she called a snap election in 2017, leading to the loss of the Conservative party’s majority.

Alternatively, a general election could be called if a simple majority of MPs vote that they have no confidence in the government. Seven Tory MPs, or all of the DUP MPs, would have to turn against the government for it to lose the vote, triggering a two-week cooling-off period. May would remain in office while MPs negotiate a new government.

Another route to a general election would be for the government to repeal or amend the Fixed-term Parliaments Act which creates a five-year period between general elections. A new act would have to be passed through both the Commons and the Lords – an unlikely scenario.

6 Second referendum

May could decide it is impossible to find a possible draft deal that will be approved by parliament and go for a people’s vote.

The meaningful vote could be amended to allow MPs to vote on whether the country holds a second referendum. It is unclear whether enough MPs would back a second referendum and May has ruled it out.

 

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The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been published and as many predicted, including Nigel Farage, the document is leading to the collapse of Theresa May’s government.

During an interview with iTV’s Piers Morgan, remain’s Alistair Campell and leave’s Nigel Farage, were calling May’s Brexit deal a complete disaster.

Via iTV

Alastair Campbell: “This doesn’t do remotely what was offered…what is the point”

“Parliament is at an impasse”

“We have to go back to the people” …”remain has to be on the ballot paper”

Nigel Farage:

“This is the worst deal in history. We are giving away in excess of 40B pounds in return for precisely nothing. Trapped still inside the European Union’s rulebook.

“Nothing has been achieved.”

“In any negotiation in life…the other side need to know that you are serious about walking away.”

“What monsieur Barnier knew from day one, is that at no point did Theresa May intend to walk away.”

“Fundamental matter of trust to the electors of our country and those who govern us.”

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, and why the deal is a full on victory for the European Union and a document of subjugation for the United Kingdom.

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Coming in at 585 pages, the draft agreement will be closely scrutinized over the coming days but here are some of the highlights as outlined by Zerohedge

  • UK and EU to use the best endeavours to supersede Ireland protocol by 2020
  • UK can request extension of the transition period any time before July 1st, 2020
  • EU, UK See Level-Playing Field Measures in Future Relationship
  • Transition period may be extended once up to date yet to be specified in the text
  • EU and UK shall establish single customs territory and Northern Ireland is in same customs territory as Great Britain

The future relationship document is less than seven pages long. It says the U.K. and EU are seeking a free-trade area with cooperation on customs and rules: “Comprehensive arrangements creating a free trade area combining deep regulatory and customs cooperation, underpinned by provisions ensuring a level playing field for open and fair competition.”

The wording might raise concerns among Brexiters who don’t want regulatory cooperation and the measures on fair competition could amount to shackling the U.K. to EU rules.

As Bloomberg’s Emma Ross-Thomas writes, “There’s a clear sense in the documents that we’re heading for a customs union in all but name. Firstly via the Irish backstop, and then via the future relationship.”

Separately, a government summary of the draft agreement suggests role for parliament in deciding whether to extend the transition or to move in to the backstop.

But perhaps most importantly, regarding the controversial issue of the Irish border, the future relationship document says both sides aim to replace the so-called backstop – the thorniest issue in the negotiations – with a “subsequent agreement that establishes alternative arrangements for ensuring the absence of a hard border on the island of Ireland on a permanent footing.”

On this topic, recall that the U.K.’s fear was of being locked into the backstop arrangement indefinitely in the absence of a broader trade deal. The draft agreement includes a review process to try to give reassurance that the backstop would never be needed. Basically, the U.K. could choose to seek an extension to the transition period – where rules stay the same as they are currently – or opt to trigger the backstop conditions. In fact, as Bloomberg notes, the word “backstop,” which has been a sticking point over the Irish border for weeks, is mentioned only once in the text.

As Bloomberg further adds, the withdrawal agreement makes clear that the U.K. will remain in a single customs area with the EU until there’s a solution reached on the Irish border. It’s what Brexiteers hate, because it makes it more difficult for the U.K. to sign its own free-trade deals, which they regard as a key prize of Brexit.

Predictably, EU Commission President Juncker said decisive progress has been made in negotiations.

Meanwhile, as analysts comb over the documents, Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group, has already written to Conservative lawmakers urging them to vote against the deal. He says:

  • May is handing over money for “little or nothing in return”
  • The agreement treats Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the U.K.
  • It will “lock” the U.K. into a customs union with the EU
  • It breaks the Tory election manifesto of 2017

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The beginning of the end for Theresa May’s government.

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Four high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving.

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, Jon Trickett, predicted that this is the beginning of the end for May’s government.

The government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the prime minister’s Brexit plan. This so-called deal has unraveled before our eyes

Shailesh Vara: UK to be stuck in ‘a half-way house with no time limit’

Kicking off Thursday’s string of resignations, Vara didn’t mince words when describing his reservations about the cabinet-stamped Brexit deal.

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement leaves the UK in a “halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally become a sovereign nation,” his letter of resignation states. Vara went on to warn that the draft agreement leaves a number of critical issues undecided, predicting that it “will take years to conclude” a trade deal with the bloc.

“We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say,” he added.

Dominic Raab: Deal can’t be ‘reconciled’ with promises made to public

Announcing his resignation on Thursday morning, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: “I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.”

Raab claimed that the deal in its current form gives the EU veto power over the UK’s ability to annul the deal.

No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said that Raab’s resignation as Brexit secretary is “devastating” for May.

“It sounds like he has been ignored,” he told the BBC.

Raab’s departure will undoubtedly encourage other Brexit supporters to question the deal, political commentators have observed.

Esther McVey: Deal ‘does not honor’ Brexit referendum

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey didn’t hold back when issuing her own letter of resignation. According to McVey, the deal “does not honour” the result of the Brexit referendum, in which a majority of Brits voted to leave the European Union.

Suella Braverman: ‘Unable to sincerely support’ deal

Suella Braverman, a junior minister in Britain’s Brexit ministry, issued her resignation on Thursday, saying that she couldn’t stomach the deal.

“I now find myself unable to sincerely support the deal agreed yesterday by cabinet,” she said in a letter posted on Twitter.

Suella Braverman, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the EU © Global Look Press / Joel Goodman
Braverman said that the deal is not what the British people voted for, and threatened to tear the country apart.

“It prevents an unequivocal exit from a customs union with the EU,” she said.

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