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Another year to waste?

Theresa May is set to be offered a year-long "flexible" delay to Brexit at next week's emergency summit in Brussels, EU officials have said.
A plan drawn up by Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, would let Britain stay in the bloc until 31 March 2020 - over a year after the original planned exit date.

Brussels is framing the proposal as a "flextension" - to stress that the UK could leave before the final date if MPs agree to implement the negotiated Brexit deal before then.

Ahead of next week's summit the prime minister has formally requested a short extension to 30 June this year - the same date she asked for last month and had rejected.

The 27 other EU presidents and prime ministers will make the final formal decision about the UK's future at the meeting on Wednesday.

This is a very generous offer. It would enable a serious attempt at a cross-party agreement, to be followed by a referendum. Or failing that, new elections (but no renegotiations, so new elections are unlikely to change anything).

Just watch her go to Brussels and fuck it up.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 10:12:02 AM EST
Political declaration can be adjusted, so if UK ended up looking for (an utterly pointless) softer Brexit then that could be agreed.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 11:04:46 AM EST
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Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Friday morning: "If [?] a long extension leaves us stuck in the EU [12 mnths] we should be as difficult as possible. We could veto any increase in the budget, obstruct the putative EU army and block Mr Macron's integrationist schemes."
unless the "plan" includes a purge of the HoC

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 12:33:19 PM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 02:35:04 PM EST
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This year the EU Council president is facilitating.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 02:58:22 PM EST
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If the EU does this they are nuts. All it will do is extend the disarray, the business and regulatory uncertainty, the social stress, and the political quagmire.

They should tell May & Co. to pound sand. Execute no-deal Brexit and let the UK come back in a year with a proposal as to how they would like to rejoin the EU on fair terms, without special Thatcher-era handouts and special cases and exceptions.

by asdf on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 04:36:08 PM EST
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There goes the Pound.
by rifek on Sat Apr 13th, 2019 at 08:07:11 PM EST
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