- Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:12 pm
Potentially unpopular opinion ahoy:
I think Luxembourg fucked this up. Organising the press conference in an area where a loud protest was permitted (from what I've read, about 30 feet away), who had already declared that they were intending to drown out any attempt Johnson made to speak, was clearly a setup. When No.10 requested that the conference be moved indoors instead, so that he would have a chance to actually speak, they instead sent out their own PM with an empty podium next to him. This is extremely poor diplomatic form, and is very easy to characterise as an insult to the UK, not just Johnson.
I'm also choking on my drink at the rank hypocrisy of blaming the UK for uncertainty experienced by EU citizens in the UK. Even May offered the EU a reciprocal deal in November 2016 - which was knocked back on the basis that citizens on both sides would have to wait until the whole withdrawal agreement was negotiated. Subsequent offers from the UK, including ratification of the agreed section of the withdrawal agreement relating to citizens rights, have also been rebuffed. The EU has used people on both sides as bargaining chips. Both sides need taking to the woodshed in that regard, but it really irks me in particular when an EU head of state comes out with this sort of butter-wouldn't-melt bollocks.
Soppy anti-British, pro-crime, anti-education, pro-immigration, anti-family nonentity