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" Nobody wants the UK to take part in those."

Who, and why?

It would be a delicious irony for the UK to have to take part in a democratic exercise in what they claim is a profoundly undemocratic institution.

Frankly, from an EU27 point of view it matters not a damn whether EU Parliamentary elections take place in te UK or not. It could even provide a useful platform for Remainers to keep their campaign on the road in the absence of their preferred second referendum.

The big hole in my scenario is that it requires unanimity to agree an extension, and any country for any reason could block it.  But other than that, other than for reasons of sheer boredom and a wish to move on, there is no constitutional or legal impediment to several extensions, and every reason to agree to them if they increase the prospect of a more favourable outcome from an EU27 point of view.

In the scenario above such an extension would reduce the risk of a no deal Brexit, and even improve the probability of Brexit being reversed.

Most of the deadlines associated with the process are moveable, if people want them to be.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 6th, 2018 at 03:42:47 PM EST
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