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What has been agreed?


  • The extension is flexible: dubbed a "flextension", it means the UK could leave the EU earlier than October 31 if the exit deal is ratified.

  • EU leaders have reiterated that the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement on the terms of the UK's exit cannot be reopened; nor can the extension be used to start negotiations on future relations.

  • However, the non-binding Political Declaration covering future ties may be reconsidered "if the position of the United Kingdom were to evolve".

Term "flextension" at EU Malta meeting - April 2019

Flextension failed in its purpose to pressure UK parliament to accept the offer on the table ...

Europeans likely to grudgingly agree to delay Brexit

Merkel and Macron don't see eye-to-eye ... interests don't line up as both wrestle for the powerposition  in the EU.

Today Mark Rutte and Jeroen Dijsselbloem were on the losing side (Nordic, Germany/Merkel). Italy joined the Mediterranean countries and the Visegrad group.

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by Oui on Fri Aug 2nd, 2019 at 09:30:27 PM EST
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