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But I think he has a point: A50 must not become a tool for the UK - or other countries - government to extract better EU membership terms.
Ok, but I don't see any connection between this and A50 withdrawal and return to the status quo ante. What that will show is that you don't get anything except a stack of ruined political careers and some pretty entertaining economic and social damage for invoking A50.
The referendum was in June 2016. The A50 letter was delivered in late March 2017. And the "economic and social damage" is only just starting to emerge.
While the euroskeptic parts of the British media and politicians are whipping the Brexit supporters into a frenzy. Christ, reading comments by (some/most) Brexit supporters on British media websites, you´d think they were part of a cult.
Point them (and link) to EU and US databases which show that the EU and the USA don´t trade on WTO terms alone but have dozens of bilateral trade agreements and they will simply ignore the facts. "WTO rules are perfectly alright. It´s how the USA is trading with the EU."
You don´t think that nationalistic governments in the EU are watching this?
If your popularity drops, take a hard stance against the EU. Worked in Britain. Send an A50 letter and revoke the letter 6 - 9 months later.
If it takes 12 - 15 months before any "economic and social damage" is felt, you can run riot for 6 - 9 months.
Not to mention that the Brexit supporters in Britain won´t vanish. You´ll still have a deeply divided country inside the EU after an A50 withdrawal.
Your idea of punishment won´t work!
It´s the politicians who seek a compromise who will be blamed.
Brexit can´t fail, it can only be failed.
"May and Hammond are secret remainers and that´s why Britain won´t get their glorious Brexit."
That seems to be part of the new "dagger in the back" illusion.
If that doesn´t work blame the EU, blame remainers and blame foreigners.
"Brexit means Brexit".
"Red, white and blue brexit."
"Enemies of the people."
"Crush the saboteurs."
"No deal is better than a bad deal."
That was intended for British domestic consumption. British politicians don´t seem to realize that such statements get reported in continental Europe too?
So one day Brexiteers can be advocating the destruction of the EU as some sort of evil empire, and the next day May can be saying she wants a deep and meaningful relationship with "our European friends" and we are supposed to believe her as if Brexit isn't a direct attack on the EU as a whole.
And then we are supposed to offer the UK all sorts of everything they desire (or have recently decided they want) because that is in "the EU's own best interest" and there is no better authority on what is in the EU's own best interests than the self same people who want to destroy it.
Davis is now going to prepare contingency plans for "a no deal Brexit" to show the EU how serious he is about walking away if the EU don't become "more imaginative and flexible" and give him what he wants.
I think it is only a matter of time before a majority of EU citizens and leaders decide that the UK should have the no deal Brexit so many of it's leaders evidently crave.
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