The Governor of the Bank of England has said that a managed no deal Brexit would be better than accidentally leaving the EU with no deal.


In what many people would view as a statement of the obvious, the FT reports that Mark Carney told an audience at the IMF spring meetings in Washington, that a managed no deal Brexit would be better than an accidental falling out.

He told them that leaving either on the 29th March or the 12th of April would have been an accidental event, but that planning to do so on WTO terms in an orderly and well-prepared fashion would be different.

But we've already been told by MPs like Chris Heaton-Harris and Liz Truss that that no-deal planning is very advanced.

And Heaton-Harris did tell Theresa May in his resignation letter:

"In my current job, I’ve had the responsibility of helping to coordinate our preparations for if we were to leave the European Union without a negotiated deal.

"As I believe you know, these preparations are well advanced and whilst I would have preferred to leave the European Union with your deal, I truly believe our country would have swiftly overcome any immediate issues of leaving without a deal and gone on to thrive."

And there have also been reports from an anonymous civil servant whose identity is being protected by Brexit Central, who pours cold water on the no deal Brexit scare-mongering.

But back to Mark Carney, he is due to leave his post at the end of next January and talking about this the Chancellor said:

"There may be some candidates who might be deterred from an application because of the political debate around Brexit, which inevitably the governor of the Bank of England can’t avoid being part of."

Well, firstly, I'm sure they can find someone. But secondly, is the Chancellor telling us that Brexit will go on into the new year as well?

And still they keep the pretence up that these EU elections can be stopped at the eleventh hour, as long as MPs sign up to the Withdrawal Agreement vassalage treaty.

The BBC says:

"But Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK can still leave before the 22nd of May, if Parliament backs the withdrawal agreement she reached with the EU.

"This would avoid the UK having to take part in European Parliament elections, currently scheduled for the 23rd of May."

And the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, told the BBC that:

"Clearly nobody wants to fight the European elections.

"It feels like a pointless exercise and the only way we can avoid that is by getting a deal agreed and done quickly, and if we can do that by the 22nd of May, we can avoid fighting the European parliamentary elections.

"In any case we want to ensure any British MEPs that are elected never have to take their seats in the European Parliament by ensuring this is all done well before the new European Parliament convenes."

The trouble is, the elections have already been called – today – and people are already fighting them. And these elections are due to soak up taxpayer's money to the tune of one hundred million quid or more.

But pulling out near the end of all the campaigning and when the ballot papers have been printed and polling cards issued and candidates named, would disenfranchise all those EU27 citizens standing for election in the UK and voting here, which is something that would presumably give them a cause of grievance against the EU for.

Because, under the EU treaties, they have a right to stand and vote in these elections and, if those rights are stripped from them mid-stride, then there must surely be legal ramifications.

So, those elections will go the full way.

But it's a moot point anyway, because it'll take a bit of a miracle to get the Tories and Labour to agree to a plan between them and then stick to it over any number of days, let alone the weeks required to get the political declaration sorted out between them, as well as getting the Withdrawal Agreement and Withdrawal Agreement Bill through parliament.

Both sides will have their support bases snapping at their heels and trying to pull their own party every which way but close.

And of course while they're busy on their Brexit manoeuvres all the other stuff that they keep telling us is so important will continue to stay firmly on the back-burner.

And that is part of the plan, because in the end they'll say that they have to reverse Brexit to save the NHS or something.

The two main parties will also find it a tad harder than usual to get their own supporters to put a cross in their box on the ballot paper in the upcoming local elections, let alone anyone else.

And that will be our first chance to send them a message, on the 2nd May at the local council elections. Make sure you turn out to vote and use your vote wisely.


Brexit minister Chris Heaton-Harris quits saying Theresa May should honour Brexit

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