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I don't think that's realistic. The UK has become a semi-detached member of the EU for the duration of Theresa May's premiership. She is ignored at Council Summits, and the UK barely takes part in technical negotiations. The EU is wondering what to do with the vacant UK seats in the European Parliament at the 2019 elections.

Allowing the UK to take back the Article 50 notification in the understanding that the principle of Brexit still stands and the UK will be in limbo for 10 years before starting negotiations again would be suicidal for the EU. It is simply not a sustainable situation, and the UK would have another two general elections in that time.

It is absolute madness. The only thing that makes sense is for Britain to withdraw the Art 50 notification altogether, and even then we all know a current parliament cannot bind future parliaments. A commitment to not trigget Art 50 again for a number of years would not be worth the paper it would be written on.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 18th, 2017 at 09:10:31 PM EST
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