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It seems as if a lot of the discussion about "going back to the EU for further discussions" are based on the idea of re-negotiating May's deal to get something better.

But aside from the problem of the UK not knowing what "something better" actually means, the EU has so far said that while the frothy political words surrounding the agreement can be changed, the actual terms of the agreement are fixed. The existing terms capture the maximum limits the EU is willing to go as far as giving Britain a special case arrangement.

So if May goes back to the EU asking for an extension of the Article 50 timeline, the EU will say sure, we can extend it IF the reason is to try some more political pressure on your own parliament. But if the extension request is because of an expectation of changing the actual deal, the EU would, according to their position up to now, say no.

Maybe the ball is actually in the EU's court, because they can either play by the rules they have repeatedly described, or they can have a sudden attack of extra flexibility. If they play by their own rules, it will be a no-deal Brexit.


by asdf on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 03:09:51 PM EST

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