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So, it's happened! With apologies to Hollywood, The Three Stooges have joined the Hate Brexit Eight (Hateful Eight) and look to be forming Umunna's Eleven (Ocean's Eleven).


Soubry, Wollaston and Allen have joined with eight former Labour Party MPs on the opposition benches.

So, three of the Remainer stooges in the Tory party have crossed the floor to become independent MPs opposing Brexit, or at least that's how I see it, whatever they write in their letter of resignation.

And the BBC made sure it was on hand to report them entering the Commons debating chamber and turn right onto the opposition benches instead of left to join the government side.

Anna Soubry, Sara Wollaston and Heidi Allen today joined an eighth Labour defector, Joan Ryan, to get together with the seven Labour MPs who had already broken away to form 'The Independent Group' or TIG.

Now, does that make them all Tiggers then?

Are we to see them bouncing about Westminster singing 'The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers'.

Trouble is, according to the original Tigger, he was the only one.

Anyway, we now have the makings of a new political party. But the big question now is, are there going to be further defections to the Tiggers and where will they come from?

Now, you only have to check out social media etc to see that some on the Remain side think that Brexit is frustrating.

But the High Court begs to differ!

The European Medicines Agency (or EMA) has tried to get its £500 million long term lease on a London property cancelled, as it says Brexit is an event that frustrates, or makes impossible, the performance of the lease contract. It then wants to move its operations to Amsterdam.

But the Canary Wharf Group took the EMA to the High Court to enforce the contract, with the High Court now ruling that Brexit is not a 'frustrating event' so the EMA has to meet its contractual obligations.

Now that is actually frustrating, but only to the EU and the EMA.

Now to the prospect of an Article 50 extension.

Much has been said about this recently, with the main push being that the UK should just extend the Article 50 process for whatever reason, like the spurious arguments that more time is needed for negotiating, or to tie off any deal that is reached.

But we all know the real reason these people are calling for an extension and that is to delay the process to slot in another EU referendum in the hope of reversing the UK exit from the EU.

But it is nowhere near as easy as that.

First the UK government needs to cave in and admit defeat over its talks.

Then it would have to ask the EU Commission for more time by formally extending the Article 50 process.

It would then be up to the EU Commission to set about getting every single one of the EU27 member states to agree to it unanimously.

Now they're all reasonable people who want the UK to stay in the EU, so surely they'll just say yes, I hear the Remainers argue.

Except that some countries would rather use this as an opportunity to also make some gains out of it.

The smaller EU27 nations know that it will be the largest of their exporters to the UK who want this, like Germany and France.

So what better time to try and get those rich EU countries to pay more into the EU budget to make up for the gaping £10 billion a year hole made by Brexit.

That way the smaller nations get protected.

Then there are countries like Italy and Greece who would welcome some budgetary concessions from the EU Commissions concerning their internal financial problems.

Remember that each EU27 member state, however small, can veto this whole extension process! They therefore each hold an ace trump card.

Then there will be some who also want concessions from the UK, like unlimited access to fishing grounds after Brexit and also to take control of territory where they can.

And that last one is amply demonstrated by Spain's stance on Gibraltar.

Right now Spain is trying, via the EU Council, to get the European Union to classify Gibraltar as a UK colony within the Brexit legislation that would exempt UK nationals from requiring a visa. This would presumably give Spain future leverage over the Rock.

Add in to the mix the Spanish Navy's very recent antics in trying to order commercial shipping to leave the waters around Gibraltar and you get the idea of how determined they are.

The Spanish move though has been rejected by the EU Parliament for the third time. Meaning that this legislation is at risk of not now going through.

With the possible outcome that visas and an assumed cost of £52 per application with a two week wait, may need to be applied against UK citizens wanting to enter the EU. There are then worries, within the EU that the UK will reciprocate in kind.

Czech MEP Petr Jezek, is quoted in the Guardian as saying:

"If there is no agreement, and no visa exemption for the UK, the British government may adopt a similar approach – and that would be a disaster."

This shows that Madrid is not averse to 'playing with fire' as Jezek put it, in order to pursue what is probably Spain's foremost foreign policy objective of gaining control over Gibraltar.

Now transfer that across to the UK going to Brussels on bended knee to ask for an Article 50 extension and see what the response is.

If you and I can hoist this in, then so can the government with all its resources as well as the opposition and every single MP in the House of Commons, every single Lord on those padded red benches, every civil servant and every member of the press.

So why would Remainers contemplate all this Article 50 extension nonsense unless they are content to hand over just about everything in the coffers except their own personal wealth!

The only thing that would hold them back at the end of the day would be the wrath of the voting public – it would not be pretty.

And if Theresa May does toddle off to the EU and manages at this late stage to come back with an extension, then you'll know that something big somewhere was handed over – like our entire defence and security forces – except that's part of the plan anyway, so it'll have to be something else of similar magnitude.

This whole thing may also be having an effect on whether or not the Withdrawal Agreement gets opened up for amending as well, just a thought.

We are not going to get anything sensible from the EU, so for goodness sake let's just go!

It's been obvious to those with eyes, ears and brains for years that our experiment with membership of this failed EU superstate must come to an end – and the sooner, the better.


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