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Benjamin Lewis
Master of Physics, Doctor of Philosophy. A Tory, a conservative, and a unionist. I fought the blob and the blob won. Called an idiot by progressive tweeters.
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Benjamin Lewis 3h
That is the only reasonable explanation I've seen for this utterly bonkers "plan".
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Benjamin Lewis 3h
Why do people keep calling me elderly and wealthy???
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Benjamin Lewis 3h
Replying to @RLewisTeacher
(although you lose the idiomatic meaning there but that isn't important)
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Benjamin Lewis 3h
Replying to @RLewisTeacher
Because in the latter case you could equally have written "the pet of the teacher is called Ben"
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Benjamin Lewis 3h
Replying to @RLewisTeacher
If, and only if, you could rewrite "the teacher's pet" as "the pet of the teacher". Eg if you wanted to say "the teachers pet the dogs on Tuesdays" (a bizarre sentence...!) no apostrophes. If it is "the teacher's pet is called Ben" then apostrophe
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Benjamin Lewis 3h
Replying to @RLewisTeacher
Did you eliminate all the apostrophes? :-P
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Benjamin Lewis 4h
Maybe if the debate had been longer...
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Benjamin Lewis 4h
This is actually insane. Let the entire concept of a constituonal monarchy go up in flames just to stay in the EU. Any MP who considered this plan for more than 2 seconds should take the Chiltern Hundreds tomorrow.
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Benjamin Lewis 4h
Replying to @Gerrarrdus
This reminds me that I really need to teach my phone to stop omitting the terminal e on hypocrite...
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Benjamin Lewis 4h
The don't cares. Why would anyone willfully be a hypocrit?
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Benjamin Lewis 4h
Replying to @chrisrowlanduk
We have principles (the oath of allegiance) and you don't like them we have others (stopping Brexit)
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Benjamin Lewis 5h
Yours, and many others, thesis is that the UK should ban no deal. Once you accept that, you've given the EU a veto. Admittedly a veto it wouldn't otherwise have — but *that's my point*!
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Benjamin Lewis 5h
Now, given the EU point that the WA wont be re-opened, this isn't totally hypothetical: no no deal in that situation is essentially saying that it's take the EU deal (which Parliament has rejected three times) or never leave. Or, in other words, give the EU a veto.
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Benjamin Lewis 5h
Note my words: *if* the EU refused to negotiate, *without* no deal they would have a veto. It's a simply hypothetical question to demonstrate you can't just say no deal is always untenable
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Benjamin Lewis 6h
This would be an *excellent* decision by Johnson.
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Benjamin Lewis 6h
Replying to @uncriticalsimon
Luckily there is a precedent binding on the magistrates that a prosecution for this isn't tenable. Otherwise we'd all be in trouble :-)
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Benjamin Lewis 6h
That wasn't really my question: if no deal is not to be countenanced, what should a state faced with an EU that just point-blank refused to negotiate do? Without no deal, you're giving the EU a veto on a member leaving.
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Benjamin Lewis 7h
He does have a point. Boris is going to have a hell of a task restoring the discipline that May just let go.
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Benjamin Lewis 7h
Is Article 50 actually a unilateral method of leaving the EU if one prohibits no deal? What is the correct response of a state faced by a EU that just refuses to negotiate _any_ deal?
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Benjamin Lewis 7h
Replying to @JWJBowden
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, really. Earlier in the week there were protesters outside of the RCJ demanding the High Court 'invent' an offence of ecocide!
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