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I don't know about that. The legal controversy created by indulging UK intransigence --with recurring "extensions" offers-- has been understated by Council PR. It is not mitigated by further deadline extension; it exacerbates controversy. Council decision to facilitate UK participation up to 22 May, 2019 (by expedient pretext) jeopardizes its responsibility for assuring a reliable EU electoral system. Permitting 24 hours notice of UK admission, or not, to the EP as contingent member is politically counterproductive to decisions already taken.
As regards the UK, given that the time frame for conclusion of a withdrawal agreement is due to end on 29 March 2019, it will no longer be a member of the EU at the time of the elections on 23-26 May 2019, unless the European Council, in agreement with the UK, unanimously decides to extend that period (Article 50(3) TEU). The UK's 73 seats will cease to exist on the date of its departure, and have already partly been redistributed among other Member States by European Council Decision (EU) 2018/937 of 28 June 2018 for the period following the 2019 European elections (1.3.3).
Art.3, ¶1-2 reduces total number of seats to 705. This electoral control, depends not only on UK legal withdrawal before the beginning of this 2019-24 session, it anticipates notice by Council to EU27 of effective conclusion to A.50 action "sufficiently far in advance " to adjust and complete electoral composition before 2024-2029 session [Art.4; European Council Decision of 28 June 2013, Art. 4]. An inconclusive A.50 action, regardless of MEP election in UK, defeats that purpose.

Failing to enforce a conclusion most certainly invites reactionary correctives by EU state, individuals (not UK), and ECJ.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 03:57:45 PM EST
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