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The EU is willing to go out of its way to avoid a no-deal Brexit but they won't allow the UK political crisis to infect their institutions. Unfortunately I can't find the quote, but a UK paper quoted an EU diplomat to that effect.
Thinking of this as the EU exacting a price for a concession is the Brexiter confrontational frame. The EU has negotiated like an unfeeling technocratic machine.
A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
T.May and J.Corbyn agree that emending the "Political Declaration" introduced to the WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT could switch a dozen more MPS (any combination), from nay to aye, to support negotiation of some kind of customs union ...
if draft parameters of such EU or EEA customs union (Clarke's hypothetical) are acceptable ...
with or without HoC majority ratification of the WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT.
There's the risk ultimately: "swing" voters could accept custom union and dismiss the WA.
Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
"Whatever happens the UK will have to respond to the three main questions of the separation: one, citizens' rights, they must be respected and protected. Two, the UK will have to continue to honour its financial commitments taken as a member state. And three, a solution will have to be found for the island of Ireland, preserving peace and the single market.
[Junker] also said member states should approve her request for a short extension until 22 May, but only "if the United Kingdom is in a position [?] to approve the withdrawal agreement with a sustainable majority" before a planned summit next week.
"If it has not done so by then [12 April], no further short extension will be possible. After 12 April, we risk jeopardising the European parliament elections and so threaten the functioning of the European Union."
The free-lunch Brexiters need to have their noses rubbed in this stuff.
The only alternative is to go full pirate, like Port Royal or Algiers [aka "WTO rules"]
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
That was when we got the Empire going!
(Can't take any more Brexshit. Am morphing full swivel-eye).
I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
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