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The EU won't agree to re-opening the Withdrawal agreement, but the political declaration on the future relationship is fair game. So a re-write to include membership of A customs union, protection of workers rights etc. is entirely possible and even doable in a few weeks.

The problem is that this process, combined with ratification and enactment processes on all sides is unlikely to be completed by May 22nd. So the UK could be in breach of its Treaty obligations to hold elections for quite some time, and a de facto Brexit would occur even before a new deal had been formally agreed and ratified.

The EU can't afford to allow a de facto Brexit, so I doubt the EU would allow that to happen and would insist on the UK holding the EP elections - enraging Brexiteers and giving some hope to campaigners for a second confirmatory public vote who could channel their energies into the election campaign.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 09:29:17 PM EST
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The EU has indicated the political declaration could be rewritten over a weekend, given a clear indication of what would likely pass the Commons.

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
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 02:32:30 PM EST
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So what May can offer is influence over the political declaration in return for helping the Withdrawal Agreement through parliament? And possibly elections, if she even has that much power over the Tories (if she resigns, the Tories and DUP can appoint someone else, and if she calls for new elections she needs a two thirds majority).

I don't really see why Corbyn would accept that offer of shared blame for her impopular Withdrawal Agreement. Unless he buys the whole "must save Tories from themselves"-thing.

by fjallstrom on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 03:50:15 PM EST
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I'd say that in order to get Labour support she'll pretty much have to let Corbyn write the political agreement.
After all, she got to negotiate the withdrawal agreement. Fair's fair...

And Labour is the only game in town, if she wants to get Brexit over the line, and nlways was. She's proved that by trying everything else.

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by eurogreen on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 04:08:51 PM EST
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When only 15 Tories voted for a second referendum, how many would support a deal containing both Corbyn's red lines and a proposal for a second referendum? And could this be passed before the EU Council meeting?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 08:36:25 PM EST
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The only thing that can come out of the meeting that would have majority support in parliament is Corbyn slipping her poisoned jam. Mold optional.
by generic on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 08:56:42 PM EST
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It's indeed looking that even if May and Corbyn can reach an agreement the Commons would vote it down too.

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
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 4th, 2019 at 08:11:16 PM EST
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