Brexit Musical Tribute: Smiling Faces Show No Traces of Evil That Lurks Within


The 585-page Brexit deal was so one-sided that 6 UK ministers resigned and Parliament openly laughed at PM Theresa May.

Tweets of the Day

Brexit SecretaryDominic Raab: "I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU. Here is my letter to the PM explaining my reasons."

Work and Pensions SecretaryEsther McVey: "Earlier this morning I informed the Prime Minister I was resigning from her Cabinet."

Northern Ireland MinisterShailesh Vara MP: "With much sadness and regret I have submitted my letter of resignation as a Northern Ireland Minister to the Prime Minister. A copy of my letter is attached."

May Jeered

Wow. Imagine both Republicans and Democrats laughing at Trump that way in Congress.

May was openly and deservedly laughed at.

What's Wrong With the Deal?

  1. It potentially keeps the UK in limbo perpetually.
  2. While in limbo, the UK has to keep paying the EU for access
  3. While in limbo, the UK has no voting rights
  4. The deal does not solve the problem with Ireland, it only works out a temporary arrangement.
  5. The deal leaves the UK at the mercy of the ECJ, the European Court of Justice, an EU body.

What's Right With the Deal?

  • In a word: Nothing.
  • In a sentence: The deal stinks to high heavens so badly, it's hard to see how anyone could like it.
  • In a paragraph: The deal temporarily solves a few issues, but at enormous expense. It puts the UK at the mercy of the EU for years, if not forever.

Musical Tribute

Inquiring minds may be wondering if I have a musical tribute. Indeed I do.

Undisputed Truth

Smiling faces sometimes

Pretend to be your friend

Smiling faces show no traces

Of the evil that lurks within (can you dig it?)

Smiling faces, smiling faces, sometimes

They don't tell the truth

Smiling faces, smiling faces tell lies and I got proof

Oh, oh, yeah​

May's Square One Lie

May said rejection of this deal would constitute a "return to square one".

That's a bald-faced lie.

Both the UK and the EU are making preparations for a hard Brexit. Procedures covering worker's rights, trade through the tunnel, air traffic etc., are all in the works. The longer this goes on, the less scary a hard Brexit becomes.

That indeed is the reason for May's gambit. She needs to scare the begeebies out of everyone for political fame: "I worked out a deal, hurray!"

Rotten Kettle of Fish

Given that the deal solves no problems but forces the UK to keep paying a Brexit bill, the EU will not agree to any changes that are not in the EU's favor.

Some deals are so bad they must be refused.

The UK should take a pass on this rotten kettle of fish.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Is it Evil Within or Stupidity Within?

I don't want to say anything nice about the EU, but the whole mess of UK separation from the EU is a Made-in-Britain dog's breakfast. It was the Oxbridge denizens of the Palace of Westminster who foolishly got the UK into the EU, and then foolishly ran an ill-considered referendum, and stupidly negotiated like little kids, and now are in the current mess. Yet it will be the same silly punters who will be in charge of the UK's fate after separation!

For an investor, this is a UK sell signal. Perhaps sometime after separation, the UK will finally get its act together. Until then, caveat emptor.


Come on aboard our new luxury liner- Titanic.



This would seem to be the perfect moment to apply Hanlon's Razor: More likely stupidity than malice.


Despite all the resignations & opposition, this deal will "pass". And then May will disappear into the woodwork while the conversation shifts from 'brexit' to the 'terms of the deal' (which is really just indefinite 'bremain'). Mission accomplished. The will of the people will be scuttled, and UK voters will not see another referendum on any meaningful issue for decades.


I watched all of this unfold and have been reading parts of this so called 'draft agreement' and it is every bit as bad as Mish says. Mrs May is a complete moron for ever having agreed to this. In former times she would have been arrested, conveyed to The Tower, brought to trial in Westminster Hall and then one cold January morning 'suffer' on Tower Hill. And rightly so.


All of this is intentional, and the goal was always to get to the point that a 2nd referendum is held. That is what May has been working towards for 2 years. This entire thing is a complete charade. A second referendum is coming, and the Remainers will make sure they win it this time.


-May just made a complete unknown the new Brexit minister.

-This new Brexit minister will NOT be negotiating with EU and will only take care of internal UK preparations for Brexit.

-This means ex-communist Olly Robbins is the most powerful person in UK despite never having been elected for anything since he was the one who negotiated May's disaster of a deal with Barnier and the previous Brexit minister Raab was mostly a figure head with Robbins doing most of the negotiating and now Olly Robbiins position is even stronger.

-Prime Minister May most likely has NOT even read the 585 page legal monstrosity of a Brexit deal with EU but instead let's her advisor Olly Robbins tell her what's in it aka the "executive summary syndrome" afflicting most western politicians.

-May was in Radio interview today and callers told her to resign and some compared her to Neville Chamberlain who appeased Hitler and negotiated the "peace for our time" shambles of a deal with Nazi Germany.


Some interesting results from YouGov opinion polling:

1. "A plurality of Britons (45%) believe that the terms presented do not accord with the spirit of the 2016 vote – only 28% believe they do. Almost six in ten Leave voters (58%) feel that the deal is not in line with what was voted for, but so do the largest number of Remain voters (41%)."

2. "Given the choice between accepting the (May/ Olly Robbins) deal and leaving the EU without any formal agreement, 60% of people would take the deal, while 40% would prefer to leave without it. Leave voters lean the opposite way, with two thirds (64%) preferring a no-deal Brexit and only 36% wanting to leave under the terms that May has negotiated."

3. "Asking whether they would prefer a no-deal Brexit or a second in/out referendum again sees a new vote emerge as the favoured option, this time by 54% to 46%. This dilemma polarises Remain and Leave voters even more greatly – 88% of those who voted to stay in 2016 would back the (new) referendum, while 82% of those who want to exit the EU prefer that Britain leaves without a deal."

4. " Almost six in ten (58%) believe the Labour leader could not top May’s deal, while only 19% say that Jez can. Labour voters are split on whether he would succeed, with 40% saying he wouldn’t and 39% he would."

5. "many of those who back Brexit would actively embrace the UK leaving the EU without a deal. Half (50%) of Leave voters think that a no-deal Brexit would be a good thing. Only a quarter (24%) of those who voted for Brexit in 2016 believe that leaving without a deal would be damaging.

In this, Leave voters hold the opposite view to the British public: half of the general population (50%) see leaving the EU without a deal as a bad thing while only 25% see it as a good thing."

6. "Theresa May should vacate her position. A plurality of Britons (47%) think that May should step down as Prime Minister and party leader, including 55% of Leave voters. Conservative voters are split – 43% want her to go and 46% want her to stay"

7. "Only around one in six Brits (16%) want to press ahead with May’s deal. Another 8% think there should be a referendum on whether or not to accept the deal, while a further 11% think the UK should reject this deal and reopen negotiations.

One in five Britons (19%) want to reject the deal and then leave the EU without any agreement. This is the most popular option among Leave voters (40%) and Conservative voters (33%).

The most popular single option is to stop Brexit and remain in the EU after all, put forward by 28% of Brits. Unsurprisingly, those backing this option are mostly Remain voters."

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May deserves to be mocked, but I've seen worse jeering in the UK Parliament, particularly with Gordon Brown's "saved the world" comments following the financial crisis a decade ago. They had to call for order to stop the shouting on that one, and Brown was telling an even bigger whopper than May is today.

Not sure if it would help things, but would be fun if the US Congress could show that amount of life. Unfortunately we're all about decorum and solemn respect for the uniparty here in the States.