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I'm agog at the idea that the current UK clusterfuck would somehow act as an example to be followed by other countries or leaders. It's going to eat two, maybe three PMs, multiple ministers, damage the economy in the medium to long term, destroy parties and lead to more bloodshed anyway you cut it, even if A50 is withdrawn, for precisely zero benefits from the EU.
If it was a negotiating tactic it was a spectacularly bad one.
It's a cautionary tale.
I am actually quite alarmed by the suggestion in the quote below: "Lenaerts made novel suggestion of a "reverse QMV" decision " whereby the UK could Cancel the A.50 notification and the EU Council could only reject their cancellation by QMV.
I can think of no other instance where an individual member can make a major decision effecting all and the onus is in the EU Council to muster a QMV to prevent it. Again we are in danger of inventing rights and procedures which simply do not currently exist.
In practice, I can see no difficulty with the EU Council and the UK agreeing to cancel Brexit especially if only a QMV is required. But the tradition of action by consensus should be upheld.
I am not an expert on the Treaties and case law which mandate how the EU Council should operate, so perhaps someone can correct me here. However the long term practice has been decision by consensus, and I think that practice should be upheld.
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This would certainly make the subsequent Parliamentary decision void, and probably also counts as misleading Parliament.
PMs tend to get away with misleading Parliament - see also Blair - but it's not absolutely certain that May would.
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