Mon Jan 7th, 2019 at 10:15:30 AM EST
An Open Thread to discuss and present the many articles and interviews discussing the imminence of PM May's loss of the EU Deal vote in the Commons and the risk of crashing out of the European Union end of March 2019.
○ No-deal Brexit rehearsal in Kent 'a waste of time' | The Guardian |
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Deal or No Deal? The Perils of Extricating the UK from the EU | Atlantic Council |
The United Kingdom now has a withdrawal deal with the European Union. In painstaking detail, set out in a 585-page document, it settles various aspects of the exit process, and is accompanied by a much briefer (and non-binding) political statement of principles for a future relationship between the UK and the EU.
But now the real problems start. The agreement has been criticized on all sides, with even its chief protagonist, British Prime Minister Theresa May, conceding that it is far from perfect. In the much over-used metaphor, it kicks the can down the road on a number of crucial issues, not least how to avoid a hard border in Ireland, and will struggle to obtain support from the House of Commons.
May's more trenchant critics, especially inside her own party, use terms like "colonization" or "vassal state" to describe an outcome leaving the UK still subject to EU rules and norms, yet with no voice in how they are set. They see the outcome as a betrayal of what was promised in the "take back control" rhetoric of the 2016 referendum.
Ramsgate: Dredging for Brexit No Deal
The DUP has declared again today that it won't vote for Theresa May's deal, so a disorderly Brexit is becoming a distinct possibility, triggering a frenzy of preparations more akin to times of conflict.
University leaders warned today that such a Brexit would be catastrophic for research and funding.
More than 1,000 English and Scottish police officers are being trained for extra duty in case of a hard border on the island of Ireland.
And then there are the ports being prepped for an armada of emergency ferries.
I have written about this terrible person before: Ian Bremmer [EurAsia Group] ...
○ Politics in Pictures: a visual guide to Brexit