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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.

by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 05:33:34 PM EST
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EU says it would not open [trade] talks with UK after no-deal Brexit until it agrees to [sign up to the main elements of the withdrawal agreement anyway]
on cross-party "Political Declaration"
"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.
equivocation
[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.
stupidly elects 22 May BREXIT "request"
"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."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 10:11:31 PM EST
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Obvious really, but this is a welcome clarification.

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

by eurogreen on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 06:47:53 AM EST
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Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, ..., VANUATU!!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 01:43:14 PM EST
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There were no WTO rules in Port Royal, shipmate. And back then was when we had Henry Morgan as Governor of Jamaica (snigger) and we was making out like bandits.

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.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 04:13:52 PM EST
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