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I think you have this the wrong way around. A Brexit deal concluded before 29th. March can be approved by weighted majority vote - In practice, so long as all the major players are on Board. An A50 extension on the other hand, requires unanimity. My take is that an A50 withdrawal - in practice an indefinite extension - would also require unanimity, although there is no express provision, precedent, or authoritative legal opinion on this point that I am aware of.

The same applies to any FTA or other association deal agreed after 29th. March, as the UK will then, effectively, be a third party. If any such deal involves an exercise of powers not already delegated by Treaty to the EU, it will also require a referendum in Ireland. It would be a delicious irony if the UK's future status vis a vis the EU became dependent on the vote of the plain people of Ireland in a referendum vote... I can see a lot of banter between relatives and friends in Ireland and the UK on the theme of "what will you give me in return for my voting in favour of your EU deal?"

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 26th, 2018 at 08:20:52 AM EST
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Especially since I suspect that you are going out of your way to be polite. I spoke to a Dubliner a few weeks ago, and he said that lots of people are looking forward to Brexit as an opportunity for revenge...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 26th, 2018 at 08:42:33 AM EST
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When it comes to sticking it to the Eton/Oxbridge crowd, the gloves are off, and war has been declared. Most Brexiteers have a gift for pissing everyone else off with their conceit and arrogance and casual put-downs of "the Irish" or the EU. Many Irish have experienced racism or at least condescension at the hands of such people usually identified by their posh accents.

However most Irish also have a lot of friends and relatives in the UK who could be badly effected. Many are also aware that a hard Brexit will lead to many job loses in Ireland. Some businesses have already had to close because their margins were tighter than Sterling devaluation allowed. Much of the indigenous agri-foods sector is still very dependent on the UK market.

Not to mention N. Ireland where Brexit will be seen as a victory for the DUP and a blow to cross-community reconciliation. Things will get ugly if the economic consequences are as severe as I expect them to be.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 26th, 2018 at 09:09:25 AM EST
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