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3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
Two years is the maximum period for negotiations unless extended by unanimous vote. There is no minimum. The UK could write a letter to the EU Council seeking to withdraw on 1/1/2018 and if the Council agreed to this, that agreement could constitute a withdrawal agreement within the meaning of A. 50.3. Article 50 is not prescriptive as to what a withdrawal agreement must contain. It could be little more than a glorified mutual Auf Wiedersehen.
But I agree, this scenario is somewhat far fetched. I raise it only to illustrate how rapidly the current unstable situation could spin out of control with mounting acrimony on both sides. Both sides are still shouting past each other with little sign of any gathering consensus - even on the UK side alone. If the united EU27 front crumbles, all hell will break lose. The stakes are high and getting higher with every ratcheting up of the rhetoric.
Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 17 14 comments
by Oui - Aug 12
by gmoke - Aug 7 16 comments
by Oui - Aug 9 6 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 3 53 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 27 83 comments
by IdiotSavant - Jul 20 19 comments
by Cat - Jul 29 2 comments
by Oui - Aug 191 comment
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 1714 comments
by Oui - Aug 12
by Oui - Aug 116 comments
by Oui - Aug 10
by Oui - Aug 96 comments
by gmoke - Aug 716 comments
by Oui - Aug 3
by Frank Schnittger - Aug 353 comments
by Oui - Jul 3111 comments
by Oui - Jul 311 comment
by Cat - Jul 292 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 2783 comments
by Oui - Jul 2610 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 2543 comments
by Oui - Jul 232 comments
by Bernard - Jul 2234 comments
by Oui - Jul 226 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 2116 comments