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What is to stop him obeying the letter of the law, but not the spirit?

Boris: "I am requesting an extension"
EU: "What will you use the extension for"
Boris: <implicitly or explicitly> "Nothing. I am legally compelled to request it, but do not want it. If granted I intend to sit on my hand and do my utmost to squat in 10 Downing street until it expires, all the while railing against the conspiracy of traitors and the EU that is preventing glorious brexit"

by det on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 01:18:25 AM EST
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Note the language:"seek and secure".

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 02:16:18 AM EST
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But "secure" is not within Boris's gift to deliver. That is at the discretion of the EU.

 

by det on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 07:20:26 AM EST
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True, but if the PM does not 'secure' said assent, the Parliament can replace him with someone who might make a more forthcoming attempt. But, ultimately, the decision WILL rest with the EU.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 05:01:41 PM EST
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secure the approval of MPs for either:

(a) a [sic] withdrawal agreement, or

(b) leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Sep 7th, 2019 at 04:13:17 PM EST
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