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Michel Barnier, mid-March, to the EP:

Mr Barnier said it was now "the responsibility of the UK" to suggest a way forward.

"They have to tell us what it is they want for their future relationship," he told the parliament.

"What will their choice be, what will be the line they will take? That is the question we need a clear answer to now. That is the question that has to be answered before a decision on a possible further extension.

"Why would we extend these discussions? The discussion on Article 50 is done and dusted. We have the Withdrawal Agreement. It is there.

"That is the question asked and we are waiting for an answer to that."

Margaritis Schinas, EC spokesperson, also quoted in the same piece:

"Should there be a UK reasoned request for an extension, the EU27 will stand ready to consider it and decide by unanimity.

The EU27 will decide, giving also priority to the need to ensure the functioning of the EU institutions and taking into account the reasons for and duration of any extension."

Schinas reportedly added:

Asked what constituted a "reasoned request" he said, "I will not venture into a typology on what a reasoned request would be. I would simply state the obvious that a reasoned request is a request based on a reason."
(We, Continentals, can be so literal...)

We are now in early April: what is the reason put forward by the UK? So that we can continue the bickering?

by Bernard on Fri Apr 5th, 2019 at 08:14:05 PM EST
We are now in early April: what is the reason put forward by the UK? So that we can continue the bickering?

Perhaps it's simply a matter of "showing them the instruments."  Farage and the rest of the loonies who will inevitably win the UK MEP elections will demonstrate to the European citizenry on a daily basis why, however bad the effects of Brexit might be, they still beat having to deal with the likes of these, thus easing the road for the EC to boot the UK sooner rather than later and on whatever terms become available.  As an aside, does the EP have a mechanism for censuring MEPs who insist on being thorough, unadulterated dicks?  If so, what would any penalties amount to?  I t would be SO much fun to see Farage et al. strapped to their seats with gags in their mouths.

by rifek on Sat Apr 13th, 2019 at 10:16:30 PM EST
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The whole point of having a parliament is to have a place you can have the mad men pissing out rather than everyone pissing in to the institutions. They can be as mad as they like in there, providing exemplary exhibitions of what things would be like if they really got some power.

At the moment the EP is largely for show anyway, or let us be charitable, in an embryonic state, whereas the real power is wielded in the Commission and Council. Farage is a clown in a circus act who provides "reasonable people" with lots of opportunities to "tut tut" in an "adult, responsible" way and feel all morally superior about it.

He does more to discredit far right nationalism than "reasonable people" ever could. I think Macron is wrong to think the Presence of Brexiteers in the EP elections will embolden far right nationalists elsewhere: rather they will serve as a cautionary example.

Farage can even achieve the difficult feat of making Macron sound reasonable by comparison, when he isn't preening himself with delusions of grandeur, that is...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 10:29:51 AM EST
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That was always the myth on this side of the pond as well: Send them to Washington (or the statehouse) because we don't want them around home.  Reality has proved darker.  Even in stable times, the loonies in office inspire and enable the loonies at home in the basements and the back rooms.  In times of crisis (It happened here before the Civil War, and it's happening again.), the loonies become sufficiently inspired to start shooting, bombing, and generally taking to the streets like latter-day Brownshirts.  Yes', they're a minority.  So were the Nazis when they took over.  And they don't even have to take over.  They don't have to win to make everyone else lose.
by rifek on Mon Apr 15th, 2019 at 04:57:10 PM EST
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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 10:18:47 AM EST
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