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The reason the European Parliament doesn't feature in my scenario is because getting a simple majority for a deal in the parliament should be easy compared to getting a weighted majority or unanimous agreement in the Council. If you can't get a simple majority in the parliament, any deal is probably a non-starter in the Council.

That said, I suspect Farage and co. have made many enemies in the Parliament, and a deal seen as favourable to the UK could have difficulty in passing. As of know the parliament seems to be acting as something of a ginger group seeking to stiffen the resolve of the Commission negotiating team.  Few members owe the UK or its representatives any favours...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 19th, 2017 at 03:55:22 PM EST
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557 against negotiating a "future relationship" with the UK at this time would be a super-majority.

Now, one may argue that the Clouncil is a liberty to ignore the EP. But that claim requires evidence in fact and law, would it not, in the face of political groups, provoked to undermine a "deeper union"?

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by Cat on Thu Oct 19th, 2017 at 06:35:44 PM EST
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The Council isn't at liberty to ignore the EP because any Brexit deal has to be approved by the EP as well as the Council. There isn't a concept of a super majority in the EP, although an absolute majority (376 out of 751 members) is required for budgetary matters and a two thirds majority of those members present as well as an absolute majority is required to censure the Commission. The Commission Brexit negotiating team would have to make a complete mess of the negotiations not to be able to secure a majority in the Parliament.  Getting a weighted majority or unanimity on the Council is a much harder ask.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Oct 20th, 2017 at 04:42:56 PM EST
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What is the concept of a plenary session among MEPs, Frank?

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by Cat on Fri Oct 20th, 2017 at 05:05:38 PM EST
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No different from a plenary session anywhere, as I understand it, i.e. all members are entitled to attend.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Oct 20th, 2017 at 05:33:48 PM EST
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