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Following a weekend of reporting mayhem, pitting the DUP either against or for a "hard border", in the Irish press over a "Brussel's internal memo" publicized by The Sun comes a vote in UK Parliament on the withdrawal bill, or more dissembling.

UK MPs to get vote on final withdrawal deal, Brexit to go ahead regardless of outcome

Davis confirmed that if parliament votes down the withdrawal bill, Britain would leave the European Union with no Brexit deal at all.

And he said there would be no withdrawal agreement bill, or vote, if London cannot strike a deal with Brussels.

"If we don't have a withdrawal agreement we can't have a withdrawal agreement bill, full stop."

"EU's workgroup will need all of 2018 and an army to comb out the nits in it. " Sep 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Nov 14th, 2017 at 03:04:00 PM EST
In the end, isn't it up to parliament what parliament votes on?
by fjallstrom on Tue Nov 14th, 2017 at 04:46:01 PM EST
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I could only locate one English-language report about the May-Löfven meeting 16 Nov that deviated from 10 Downing's topical agenda on defense co-operation between them, no mention of EEA endorsement. Löfven delivered the message:
"Britain needs to clarify what they mean with the financial responsibility," the summit host, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, told reporters in the city of Goteborg. "We all hope that we can decide on the next phase but we still have some way to go."

Have you any local insight to intervention in or sympathy for May's predicament?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 08:58:38 PM EST
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While having Britain in the EU can have been considered a plus for a largely EU-sceptic country, Brexit is not covered that much in Sweden. If you would poll the man on the street, I doubt they would know or care more then that the UK voted to leave.

The Löfven government has many issues that takes priority. There is a red-green fight over asylum that cuts through the cabinet, in particular the question of issuing an amnesty for mainly young Afghani refugees that arrived in 2015 and now in the most extreme cases have their age written up by days so that their age by the date of decision (not age by date of arrival) is exactly 18. There is also a number of scandals relating to handling of IT-systems, an ongoing problem of austerity in social insurance systems, as well as poor general polling for the greens heading into the election year of 2018.

In sum, the EU council meeting is a good opportunity to appear important, but Brexit isn't important enough to spend political capital on. Sweden will as far as I can see tow the EU-line as long as there isn't something on the agenda that impacts directly on Swedish interests, like keeping out of the euro.

The only Brexit related coverage that I can remember having any impact is the last few days when Denmark and south Swedish politicians has accused Stockholm of not being supporting enough for getting the Medicine Agency to Copenhagen after Stockholm was eliminated in the first round.

by fjallstrom on Wed Nov 22nd, 2017 at 04:19:28 PM EST
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If you would poll the man on the street, I doubt they would know or care more then that the UK voted to leave.

... seems to be the consensus around here.  Europeans* know the UK voted to leave and who cares.  Rational of them, all things considered.

* which the Brits no longer are

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Nov 22nd, 2017 at 07:51:19 PM EST
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According to different people, Davis statement has many differing interpretations. Many of which suggest Davis was trying to pull a fast one and fool Parliament. However, he really isn't that bright and will probably get his legs pulled off for insulting other MPs.

As I've sadi before, it's a mess and now, half past too late, even the brexiteers are beginning to realise they're in over their heads. Hence the increasing sounds of "No Deal", which has the satisfying smack of voluntarily "taking back control", even if all you're actually doing is pulling the lever on the guillotine before the executioner.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Nov 14th, 2017 at 05:38:14 PM EST
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