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 Secretary Dominic 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 Secretary Esther McVey: "Earlier this morning I informed the Prime Minister I was resigning from her Cabinet."

Northern Ireland Minister Shailesh 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

No. 1-12

“A smile is just a frown turned upside down... “




Here is the Youtube link to the video:


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.


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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