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"one trip-up and the ship goes down"

No - the Brexit deal only has to be approved by a weighted majority on the Council, so some governments/parliaments can vote against without derailing the deal.

As for timing, I'm not sure. I think they were all waiting for the meaningful vote in the HOC before starting their own debates/votes on the issue. Now that it looks increasingly unlikely the HOC will ever approve, why waste precious parliamentary time on a deal that may never be agreed by the UK in any case?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 11:00:56 PM EST
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That's reassuring.. as much as it can be in these circumstances. At least, the EU side won't be technically at fault if the no-deal apocalypse comes. As they say "no-deal is now a deliberate choice".

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sat Dec 15th, 2018 at 11:17:29 PM EST
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Neither technique nor 'incompetence'* will have anything to do with blame assignment ( BY WHOM? ), when the UK leaves the EU bloc 29 March 2019.

* competence or incompetence is a value assignment that recurs in pseudo-intellectual analysis of political activity involving millions of people. It's common usage is misplaced, because (1) value assignment is meaningless when the political project, its criteria, goals, and agents are not defined by 'analysts'; and (2) attribution merely attaches ad hominem, a speaker's high- or low-esteem, to someone associated with a ill-defined political project.

For those supporting UK LEAVE, May's competence is nearly incontrovertible; project success is imminent.

For those supporting UK REMAIN, May's incompetence is nearly incontrovertible; project failure is imminent.

For anyone assigning (in)competence to May alone, May's political status is nearly incontrovertible; project agency is unknown, democracy is understood to represent autocratic prerogatives.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 16th, 2018 at 06:03:08 PM EST
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