The UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, told the Sky News Sophy Ridge programme, that a second EU referendum 'deserves to be considered'.


Once a Remainer always a Remainer it seems.

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, said on the Sophy Ridge programme:

"I’m not sure that there’s a majority in parliament in support of second referendum, but it’s a perfectly coherent proposition."

And, has a result, he became the first government minister to say that the second referendumers have a case.

He also said that his aim was to leave the EU and leave it with a deal, while personally ruling out the options a no deal Brexit or revoking Article 50 altogether.

He's shied away from what he sees as the extremes of actually leaving or actually remaining, while hinting at the possibility of a second referendum. This is just a typical attempt to try and appeal to the middle ground.

The trouble is, that as people have found out to their cost, there is no Brexit middle ground – you're either favour of in or you're in favour of out.

So Hammond's basically put himself on the fence, while he watches what his fellow MPs do.

But that's the same fence that Theresa May has been sat on all this time, and it hasn't been a particularly comfortable place for her thus far, has it?

But while we're all Brexit Navel gazing in the UK, the Netherlands has thrown out a bit of a surprise that will give the Eurocrats another headache.

The three year old populist anti-EU Forum for Democracy (FvD), which wants a Dutch exit, or Nexit, from the EU, will take up twelve seats in the Dutch parliament upper house in May.

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, will therefore no longer have a majority in the Senate.

In his victory speech, the leader of the FvD, Thierry Baudet, said:

"Arrogance and stupidity have been punished. We are being ruined by the people who should be protecting us.

"We are being undermined by universities and journalists, by the people who design our buildings.

"Successive Rutte governments have left our borders wide open, letting in hundreds of thousands of people with cultures completely different to ours."

But the Brussels headaches don't end there.

Writing in the Guardian, Larry Elliott points out that as he puts it, "the next recession will expose the eurozone as a half-baked project in need of leadership".

In his article he says that while we've all been engrossed in the minutiae of Brexit, the problems with the eurozone economic model have gone largely unnoticed in the UK.

And he says that the idea of the eurozone was that it would generate faster growth, but that hasn't happened he says.

And he goes on to say:

"The performance of the eurozone countries has got worse not better, but so much political capital has been invested in the monetary union project that there is an unwillingness to accept as much."

And he also illustrates this with the telling observation that:

"In Europe’s golden age, Volkswagen was a rival to Ford, and Siemens could go toe to toe with General Electric. But there is no European Google, Facebook or Amazon and in the emerging technologies of the fourth Industrial Revolution, such as artificial intelligence, Europe is nowhere."

This will not be news to Brexiteers. but food for thought for Remainers maybe?

And finally, still no news from the Chequers meeting yet, which we're being told is a nice and fluffy support meeting and there are no nasty plans to oust Theresa May as the Prime Minister.



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