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A referendum or general election would be the easy justifications for prolongation. Much harder would be time to put together a new proposition (in which May's "red lines" would have to disappear, or it would logically be back to the May-Barnier agreement and therefore a total waste of time).

Why might the EU27 agree to a delay for this? Perhaps because the disruption of a hard Brexit would constitute an external shock to the EU also? Because the EU would want to cover its arse in view of the coming blame game?

The frightening thing is that (given the probable defeat of Corbyn's no confidence motion, the 118 Tories who voted against May yesterday doubtless not relishing the notion of a general election in current circumstances), it's May or another Tory incompetent who'd be in charge of attempting to agree with the EU. Failure and hard Brexit would loom strong.

A second referendum is possible, but dangerous. Resolution would only be obtained if an unquestionably large majority voted one way or the other.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 10:12:27 AM EST
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The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator has opened the door to re-opening talks about the EU and UK's future relationship if Theresa May ditches some of her negotiating red lines.

Speaking the morning after MPs rejected the prime minister's deal, Michel Barnier said that the European Council "unanimously" agreed and had "always said that if the UK chooses to shift its red lines in the future, and if it makes that choice to be more ambitious and to go beyond a simple free trade agreement, then the EU will be immediately ready to go hand in hand with that development and give a favourable response".

Independent

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 10:46:47 AM EST
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Why do the worst shows on TV always get renewed for a billion seasons? Can't it just end?
by generic on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 11:53:27 AM EST
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The great thing about TV is the off switch.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 04:28:32 PM EST
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Negotiating UK-EU deal talking with earplugs in
No trust and lack of comprehension
Both the UK and EU living on different planets

EC president Tusk signalled it's time for Great Britain to cancel BrExit
Brussels is NOT ready to renegotiate the WA
EU says clearly to London you need to come up with a plan

Londoners put the blame on Europe for not being flexible
MPs argue it's the EU which failed UK membership

EU negotiator Barnier tells PM May there is room for talks ...
Just scrap some of your "red lines" ...

... the EU and UK's future relationship if Theresa May ditches some of her negotiating red lines.

Speaking the morning after MPs rejected the prime minister's deal, Michel Barnier said that the European Council "unanimously" agreed and had "always said that if the UK chooses to shift its red lines in the future, and if it makes that choice to be more ambitious and to go beyond a simple free trade agreement, then the EU will be immediately ready to go hand in hand with that development and give a favourable response".

Ms May has said she wants to end freedom of movement, leave the single market, customs union, and jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice - limiting the scope of her planned future trade deal with the EU and ending frictionless trade.

Mr Barnier suggested that there could be no renegotiation of the actual withdrawal agreement, however - which contains the controversial "backstop" hated by so many Tory MEPs and Ms May's allies in the DUP.

Michel Barnier voices the same view as EC president Donald Tusk: "Stay in the common market and accept leniency on freedom of movement".

THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN!!

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Jan 16th, 2019 at 12:01:15 PM EST
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