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by generic on Tue Nov 20th, 2018 at 12:06:59 PM EST
This is a safe no vote for Spain because the Brexit deal only requires a weighted majority vote of the Council. It will also make Varadker look good because he got what he needed from the deal.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 20th, 2018 at 12:40:35 PM EST
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So, the Spanish are back on board after the advisers (Sherpas in the EU lingo) pulled an all-nighter, in one of the oldest EU traditions.

EU summit to go ahead as Tusk recommends Brexit deal

EU leaders in Brussels reached an agreement with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Saturday to ease Spain's concerns about Gibraltar and clearing the path for EU27 leaders to approve the Brexit Withdrawal Treaty at a summit on Sunday.

The accord between Brussels and Madrid was clinched after all-night work by advisers and phone call between Sánchez and Council President Donald Tusk, allowing Tusk to recommend Saturday afternoon that EU leaders approve the deal.

And what about Gibraltar?

The second declaration states that "after the United Kingdom leaves the Union, Gibraltar will not be included in the territorial scope of the agreements to be concluded between the Union and the United Kingdom. However, this does not preclude the possibility to have separate agreements between the Union and the United Kingdom in respect of Gibraltar."
by Bernard on Sat Nov 24th, 2018 at 09:11:43 PM EST
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The dispute was useful, from an EU perspective, in demonstrating that it is not just the UK that is unhappy with aspects of the Brexit deal. There has been an attitude in the UK that the EU will cave if the UK shouts loud enough, and demands certain changes.

Not only is this unlikely, from an EU perspective, because it is by no means certain that there are any changes, acceptable to the EU, which would bring a majority in the House of Commons on board, but re-opening the negotiations could open a Pandora's Box of demands from other members among the EU27.

Sánchez could get his hour in the sun (or rather his people got to pull an all-nighter) and was made look strong in relation to Gibraltar ahead of the Andalusian elections. Merkel could perform her favourite adult in the room routine, and the UK is reminded that any renegotiation, even if agreed, would not be a one way street.

Mind you, if Gibraltar can be treated differently, why not N. Ireland? Anyway, the EU Council can go ahead and have their big meeting later today. Tusk can do his Presidential thing and act nice to Theresa, and Barnier and Juncker can be thanked for their hard work and told to look forward to their retirement.

Until the House of Commons rejects the deal, that is. Someone is going to have to work over Xmas...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Nov 24th, 2018 at 11:08:29 PM EST
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2pts for most obscure, animated, international news feed w/o 18 Nov.

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by Cat on Tue Nov 20th, 2018 at 07:23:25 PM EST
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