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Brexit Deal On Cliff Edge - DUP Says No

by Oui Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 07:06:28 AM EST

Title change: “EU Michel Barnier: Brexit Deal Possible This Week!!”

[Update-3]

Boris Johnson news – live: PM's Brexit deal with EU shot down by DUP just moments after triumphal announcement | The Independent |

[Update-2]

Boris Woke Up with a 'Splitting' Headache

DUP says it cannot support customs terms in Boris Johnson's deal

[Update-1]

Boris Johnson 'on brink of Brexit deal' after border concessions | The Guardian |

UK and EU closing in on a deal, as negotiating teams work on legal text | Telegraph |

[End update]

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says a deal with Britain is still possible this week | AP |

Brexit deal 'still possible this week', says EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier | Sky News |

The EU's chief negotiator believes a Brexit deal is "still possible this week" as he returned to "intense" discussions with UK officials.

Speaking on his arrival at a gathering of EU ministers in Luxembourg, where Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay will also be present, EU negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters: "Our team are working hard."

More to follow ...


My recent diaries …

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Boris' Wet Dream: the UK After Brexit

EU mulls new emergency summit to 'get Brexit deal done' | BBC News |

Negotiations continue - but time is tight, and, to use the words of even the most upbeat of those involved, "there's still much work to do".

EU internal talk is focussing now on a possible "holding pattern statement" at this week's EU leaders summit, along the lines of "we've made great progress in negotiations but still need more time".

There are also renewed mutterings about a new Brexit summit maybe towards the end of the month.

UPDATE BBC News - Brexit deal 'still possible, but more difficult' - Barnier

Jeremy Corbyn – too busy with internal Labour politics to grasp reality in the outside world beyond the House of Commons …

Boost for Boris Johnson as hardline leave rebel signals he now wants to back PM's deal | The Guardian |

Yesterday’s news superceded by this morning’s briefing in Brussels …

Brexit deal not possible before summit, EU leaders tell Boris Johnson | The Independent |

    Downing Street again on Monday ruled out any delay. The PM’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “The talks remain constructive but there is still a lot of work still to do.”

    Asked whether the PM was sticking to his 31 October pledge, the spokesman said: “I think the prime minister has always said we need to leave the EU on the 31.

    “We need to leave the EU on 31 October to restore trust in our democracy. That is what the prime minister is committed to achieving.”

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by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 09:01:33 AM EST
The Brussels negotiations in full secrecy as last stumble blocks need to be cleared. Boris Johnson met DUP leader Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds to finalize a deal that would be ratified in Parliament. Boris knows where the concessions have to come from. Today his cabinet members are kept in the dark, similarly the EU-27 foreign ministers have faith in the negotiating team of Michel Barnier.

UK set to table fresh proposals aimed at breaking Brexit deadlock

The UK will this morning table fresh proposals aimed at breaking the Brexit deadlock, RTÉ News understands.

Two sources have confirmed to RTÉ News that British negotiators will bring forward an updated plan to Brussels to deal with the issue of customs and the Irish border.

The move follows a 90-minute meeting last night between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, DUP leader Arlene Foster and DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds.

Following the meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Mr Johnson last week, the UK proposed a plan that would see Northern Ireland remain in the UK's customs territory, but operating the EU's rules and procedures on tariffs.

However, RTÉ News understands that the European Commission has hardened its opposition to the proposals as being too complex and legally ambiguous.

It is unclear if British negotiators will table a revised version of the plan, or if they will propose something different.



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by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 09:02:16 AM EST
Michel Barnier has finished addressing EU ministers at the general affairs council (GAC) | The Guardian Live! |

Barnier has told EU ministers that there is a chance the two sides could have a consolidated legal text ready by Thursday's summit, according to two officials present at the GAC meeting. But he cautioned this could still go either way...  



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by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 09:42:05 AM EST
Well, it'll all be over by midnight. Either way.
Or something.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 01:15:50 PM EST
Let's check back at this time in 2020.
by asdf on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 07:44:56 PM EST
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Bojo concedes the unthinkable

Boris Johnson appears to be on the brink of reaching a Brexit deal after making major concessions to EU demands over the Irish border.
A draft text of the agreement could now be published on Wednesday if Downing Street gives the final green-light, according to senior EU and British sources.
It is understood that the negotiating teams have agreed in principle that there will be a customs border down the Irish Sea. The arrangement was rejected by Theresa May as a deal that no British prime minister could accept.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 04:06:14 PM EST
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Johnson will still have to win over parliament - including the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) and the hardline Tory Brexiters, the European Research Group - on the basis that, under the deal, Northern Ireland will still legally be within the UK's customs territory.
"Northern Ireland would de jure be in the UK's customs territory but de facto in the European Union's," one diplomatic source said of the tentative agreement.

Remember de facto relationships? They were all the rage in the 1970s.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 04:09:03 PM EST
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Appeasing the goat and the cabbage

This will end SO well.

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

by eurogreen on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 04:20:30 PM EST
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Exactly!

ERG: I hear their knees buckling.

Boris: "Ladies are not for turning."

Boris was in a real bind, kept close contact with DUP leadership, kept his cabinet ministers in the dark. The UK-EU legal texts are presently being written in a top secret location. No leaks. Sometime tomorrow morning the text will become available to the EU-27 foreign ministers or heads of government.

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by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 04:21:33 PM EST
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Yeah? They're still the rage.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 05:02:26 PM EST
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I'm not talking about the thing itself, but about the term.

When was the last time you heard someone presented thus : "This is my er de facto"...

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

by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 10:19:00 AM EST
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o, I read a half dozen times.

I've unleashed de facto and de jure as appropriate, here and other ahh Government Buildings, typically, where US-Eng. speakers make no distinction between de facto and "common-law" spouse.

But since I live alone now, I wait for holidays to exchange such verbal barbs with my brother.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 10:52:19 AM EST
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French lacks a pithy epithet for civil-contract non-married spouses.
So we got married in the end. Who needs better reasons?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 11:09:40 AM EST
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because UK visualization of "sovereignty" is fucking puerile.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 05:04:19 PM EST
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"Of course I knew from the beginning that we were going to have to throw NI under the bus." -- Boris Johnson autobiography, 2040.
by asdf on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 07:49:28 PM EST
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Who doesn't enjoy a duty-free shop?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 08:05:45 PM EST
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EU says Britain must address Brexit deal doubts within hours | DW |

Barmier said, after talks between the EU and UK negotiators, he still saw three scenarios as being possible: a deal being agreed imminently; a delay; or a breakdown of talks.

He also said there remained three primary sticking points:

  • Customs arrangements for the island of Ireland

  • The issue of giving Northern Irish authorities a greater say over regulatory arrangements, and the ability to veto them

  • Guarantees of a level playing field - that Britain will not be at an unfair advantage when it comes to business regulation

The concerns about a level playing field arise from UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's insistence on scrapping a provision of Theresa May's withdrawal deal that would see the UK comply with EU regulations on state aid, competition, tax, social, and environmental measures.

Dover could lose £1bn of trade a week with no-deal Brexit



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by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 06:07:26 PM EST
'The votes are now there' for Brexit deal, says Jacob Rees-Mogg | The Guardian |

    Rees-Mogg, a close ally of Johnson, who is responsible for legislation in the Commons, made the bold claim on LBC Radio, despite the fact the prime minister is yet to secure a deal with Brussels.

    To win a vote, the prime minister would need the support of almost all Eurosceptics in the Conservative party, as well as most of the former Tories from whom he withdrew the whip and either the DUP or a bloc of Labour MPs.

    Johnson is edging closer to the number he needs, with more prominent Eurosceptics now on board with his plans.

Jacob reclining on the green benches in Parliament ...



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by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 06:17:32 PM EST
How can this possibly be true today, now that we know that Boris has, unexpectedly, caved in on regulatory alignment?
They hope to get this through parliament before the people with the highlighters fail to find significant differences from May's text?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 07:03:19 AM EST
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What's going on, another crunch day in Europe's capitals.



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by Oui on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 07:11:48 AM EST
Pound in a remarkable recovery ...

Pound jumps on hope of last-minute Brexit deal | CNBC |

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by Oui on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 07:19:29 AM EST
ITV's Robert Peston is reporting Downing Street sources as downbeat about a deal, but the issue seems to be what is on the table is not going to get the support of the DUP.

The DUP's Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds had a second 90 minute briefing with Downing Street officials last night but declined to comment. A spokesman said: "It would be fair to indicate gaps remain and further work is required".

The Financial Times is reporting sources as saying the DUP were offered "billions not millions" as a sweetener.



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by Oui on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 07:28:02 AM EST


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by Oui on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 07:28:28 AM EST
On these issues, Westminster's deadline isn't a problem for NI.

archived: Northern Ireland abortion law ruled to breach human rights

is a problem for Arlene The Paisley. I certainly look forward to Arlene's insolen... wait. Arlene has outgrown that sobriquet. I do believe Arlene deserves something much more sinister, something resonant with her gangland leadership style and affinity with Ma Barker.

I shall study the problem

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 11:10:18 AM EST
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It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 11:58:39 AM EST


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by Oui on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 01:53:55 PM EST


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by Oui on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 01:54:31 PM EST
DUP: a bitter pill to swallow

DUP Leader Denies Opposition to Deal Is Softening - Latest!

Tusk: 'foundations' of Brexit deal are ready but UK has late doubts | The Guardian |

Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has said the "foundations" of a Brexit deal are ready for approval by EU leaders but that Brussels is waiting on London after late "doubts" in Downing Street.

The deal due to be signed off by leaders at a summit on Thursday would involve the drawing of a regulatory and customs border down the Irish Sea. The Democratic Unionist party has made public its opposition to the terms of the tentative agreement with its leader, Arlene Foster, insisting further discussions are needed.

He told the Polish broadcaster TVN24: "The basic foundations of an agreement are ready and theoretically tomorrow we could accept this deal with Great Britain.

"Theoretically in seven to eight hours everything should be clear. I was hoping that this morning we would receive a complete negotiated legal text - the agreement."



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by Oui on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 04:39:13 PM EST
The last hurdle introduced by fool's PM Theresa May - election 2016 and caecum DUP - has frustrated any possible Brexit with a deal. So Britain has found out this morning ... DUP who considers the GFA a work in progress. It's long overdue to enter the 21st century and abort the DUP from Britain's future. Boris Johnson cannot deliver on his promise to leave the EU by 10-31 "Do or Die". Ergggg

DUP says it cannot support customs terms in Boris Johnson's deal

The pound fell 0.5 per cent against the dollar and the euro within minutes of the announcement by the DUP just before 7am that the party cannot support the Brexit deal as it currently stands.

 

Victims and 'victimhood' in Northern Ireland

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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 06:54:34 AM EST
Another Boris headache, the ERG is not on board if the DUP isn't supporting the UK-EU Brexit deal.

DUP says it cannot support Boris Johnson's Brexit deal | The Guardian |

The DUP statement added: "We will continue to work with the government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom."

Johnson has met Foster and Dodds three times in the last three days as he tried to shore up their support before Saturday's deadline to prevent a delay to Brexit.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, told Johnson in a phone call on Thursday morning that time was short if leaders were to approve the Brexit deal this week.

A spokesman for the commission said: "Every hour and minute counts before the [European council],. We want a deal".



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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 09:16:46 AM EST

DUP rejects deal 'as things stand' as PM heads to EU summit

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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 09:17:40 AM EST

EU summit poses burning questions beyond just Brexit

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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 09:18:17 AM EST

Boris Johnson says he has secured deal with EU but DUP says position remains same | The Guardian - Live! |

Boris: Political shenanigans and no wins in House of Commons ...

Boris Johnson accused of 'bluff and bluster' over Welsh farmers' future

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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 10:47:17 AM EST
UK and EU strike new Brexit deal after last-ditch talks| CNBC |

Negotiators from the U.K. and EU have reached a draft Brexit deal in the eleventh hour of talks, although there are serious doubts that the agreement will be approved by U.K. lawmakers back in Westminster.

Sterling rose on news after the U.K. made concessions over the Irish border, an issue that had proven to be the biggest obstacle to a deal up to that point. The pound was 0.8% higher against the dollar, at $1.2929, reaching a five-month high.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "we have a great new Brexit deal" via Twitter. He called on British lawmakers to back the deal when it's put before Parliament on Saturday.  



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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 10:56:08 AM EST
Reaction from Ireland on Boris Johnson's deal | BBC News |

The (Irish deputy PM) Simon Coveney said the deal was worth supporting because it "protects core Irish interests".

Speaking in the Dáil (Irish parliament), he added: "It is a deal that will protect people on this island, it will protect peace on this island, it will protect grade on this island it will ensure there will be no checks."

Ulster Bank's chief economist Richard Ramsey said the deal was "significantly worse" than the one Theresa May struck with the EU last year - it was subsequently rejected by MPs.

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald said she welcomed the announcement of a new deal.

    "Any deal can only mitigate the worst effects of Brexit; a least worst option. The deal agreed today is complex and wide-ranging and all aspects need to be considered in their entirety. We will be meeting with the Tánaiste in the coming hours in this regard."

Ulster Unionist MLA Steve Aiken said Mr Johnson's Brexit deal keeps Northern Ireland in the EU "to all intents and purposes".



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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 01:32:23 PM EST
ERG representatives will vote for the Johnson deal coming Saturday, separating themselves from the DUP position.

Rival unionists accuse DUP of catastrophic Brexit miscalculation | The Guardian |

Robin Swann, leader of the Ulster Unionist party (UUP), said DUP blunders had paved the way to Northern Ireland being left on the "window ledge" of the union.

"It's an absolute disgrace ... this deal is worse than the one Theresa May brought forward at Chequers. It's awful. It would put a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea and annexes Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom."

Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice party, called the deal - welcomed by the Irish government and Sinn Féin - a disaster that would put Northern Ireland in the Republic of Ireland's economic orbit, ensuring the union "slowly bleeds to death".

"The inescapable reality is that a permanent regulatory and customs border cutting us off from GB puts us in a waiting room for Irish unity with the door locked from the outside."

Many farmers and business owners, in contrast, welcomed a deal that would keep trade flowing and avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. "What is good is that a deal is struck, we can move on to the more positive conversation about the future relationship and, regardless, Northern Ireland can continue to have tariff-free, quota-free access to both the UK and the EU's single market," said the Manufacturing Northern Ireland chief executive, Stephen Kelly.

Boris Johnson wanted Brexit deal 'at any cost' to avoid extension, says DUP | Belfast Telegraph |

The DUP has accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of agreeing to the EU's demands on a Brexit deal to avoid having to ask for an extension.

Deputy leader Nigel Dodds accused Mr Johnson of losing his nerve, saying that the PM could have got a better deal in Brussels given more time.

He said Mr Johnson had been "too eager by far" to come to an accommodation "at any cost" with the EU.

His comments came as DUP leader Arlene Foster accused London, Brussels and Dublin of turning their back on the power sharing arrangements that form the cornerstone of the Good Friday/Belfast peace agreement.

The DUP leader said allowing Stormont to vote on retaining the arrangements on the basis of a simple majority vote, rather than using the mechanism that requires a majority of unionists and nationalists, undermined the principle of power sharing.

    "For the first time in 21 years we are moving away from power sharing, we are moving away from the majority of unionism and the majority of nationalists, we are moving to single majority vote."

Ms Foster said it would represent a fundamental change to the 1998 Northern Ireland Act that enshrined the peace treaty.



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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 08:13:52 PM EST
Did she read that aloud to Sammy Wilson? Or was it the other way around?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 10:47:37 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 11:05:45 PM EST
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Several MEPs talked about the failure of the Labour party and its leader Jeremy Corbyn as part of the problem. The last resort for Labour is to become an obstructionist party, not an base to enter an election campaign.

British public continue to be more satisfied with Johnson's approach to Brexit | Ipsos MORI |

Boris Johnson gets his deal and a slap on the back in Brussels | The Guardian |

After months of grandstanding on both sides, the wheels were turning. British and EU officials had worked into the small hours of Thursday morning to iron out their differences on VAT. The British had mostly caved in to EU demands that Northern Ireland should follow EU rules. With Brexit hanging in the balance, one of the last difficulties was a VAT derogation for sanitary products - an echo of an earlier battle between David Cameron and Brussels.

At 9.30am Johnson had a "friendly" 20-minute phone call with Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss the results of the previous night. The prime minister thanked Juncker several times for his patience. At 11am the two men spoke again: they had a deal.

Less than 30 minutes after putting the phones down, the announcement was made via two coordinated tweets that rallied the pound for a short while. "It is high time to complete the withdrawal process," Juncker said as he urged EU leaders to back the deal that day.

Johnson turned to the slogan of the 2016 leave campaign: "We've got a great new deal that takes back control - now parliament should get it done on Saturday so we can move on to other priorities," the prime minister tweeted.

Even Remainer MEP refuses to back Corbyn's Brexit plan

Brexit deal may be a rare win-win for Boris Johnson
'Greased piglet' Boris Johnson could pass deal, says David Cameron

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by Oui on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 09:42:13 AM EST
DUP voted for Letwin amendement ... thus it will be a SUPER TUESDAY.

BORUS WILL NOT ASK FOR A DELAY!!

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by Oui on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 01:53:35 PM EST


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by Oui on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 02:27:15 PM EST
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BREAKING: Letter will be sent! 😎

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by Oui on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 07:25:50 PM EST
In breach of Scottish Court of Sessions, the Benn act stipulates a letter for extension AND the intent to request such!  PM Johnson has defied the law and can be taken to court.

UK sends letters to EU for, and against, Brexit extension

The letter is a photocopy of a draft set out in UK law, Boris refused to sign the letter.

It may all be academic if the Brexiteers do succeed by Oct. 31st.

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by Oui on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 10:53:59 PM EST


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by Oui on Sat Oct 19th, 2019 at 11:03:23 PM EST
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Benn act stipulates a letter for extension AND the intent to request such!

No, it does not.
European Union (Withdrawal)(No. 2) Act 2019

Which is why HRM BoJo argues timely compliance with de law.

(1) DALE VINCEOBE; (2)JOLYON MAUGHAM QC; and (3)JOANNA CHERRYQC MP v HRM BOJO, 7 Oct

JOLYON MAUGHAM (APPELLANT) for SUSPENSION AND INTERDICT, 18 Oct

archived
[Scotland Court of Sessions] rejects latest request to force PM to ask for Brexit extension
appeal! Here it comes ...

The UK government's lawyers told the court on Friday Johnson would write that letter if required and argued that a legally binding order was therefore not needed. The government also promised not to THWART the act's provisions by LOBBYING EU member states to reject ["]calls["] for an extension to article 50 [ie. THE FARAGE VETO!].

Anti-Brexit campaigners are expected to appeal against the decision on Tuesday, when they will ask another Scottish court to write the article 50 extension letter if Johnson fails to do so.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 12:22:30 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 12:26:02 AM EST
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fascimile of SCHEDULE FORM LETTER. 1 pg

fascimile of HRM BOJO letter to D. Tusk

"second letter" in legible format. 2 pp
Prime Minister's letter to President Donald Tusk: 19 October 2019
"Regrettably Parliament missed the opportunity to inject momentum into the ratification process for the new Withdrawal Agreement...."
< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 12:43:14 AM EST
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Scottish court delays decision on extension lettet - power of "nobile officium"

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by Oui on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 01:17:02 AM EST
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Don't post old news. See Scottish Court of Sessions,
JOLYON MAUGHAM [Appellant] for SUSPENSION AND INTERDICT, 18 Oct
[26]For all these reasons, I conclude that the petitioner's applications for interim orders are misconceived and unjustified.  They have no or at best a weak prima facie case. The balance of convenience comes down firmly on the side of refusing to make the orders. I shall accordingly refuse the petitioner's motion insofar as it seeks interim orders.

[27] I shall order intimation and service of the petition and appoint answers to be lodged within 7 days.

Court is not poised to grant injunction of the Withdrawal Agreement. Two actions going on: (1) Cherry (counsel) returns Mon, 21 Oct to amend pleading, answer Ct questions. (2) Cherry move in HoC for Bercow signature on the SCHEDULE FORM LETTER grasps at at a straw.

EU Council has received SCHEDULE FORM LETTER as intended for consideration as well as HRM BoJo's 2pp explanation for the request. Have you read it? EU Council has not rejected the unsigned SCHEDULE FORM LETTER and no "EU official" has commented on HRM BoJo "second letter". They're unlikely to. The content is neither derogatory nor a misrepresentation of facts in tabled in HoC.

It's kind of obsequious, actually, in pleading for time to secure HoC approval the WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT by 31 Oct.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 02:51:38 AM EST
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Thus HoC and EU Council hold the key to approval WTA and a further extension if BoJo loses Super Tuesday vote. Thanking Boris for compliance with HoC vote and EU Tusk for understanding the childish tantrum.

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by Oui on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 05:24:30 AM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 10:18:17 PM EST
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Here is the index of HRM BoJo correspondence. Not that any one cares to compare to Guardian reporting from "EU officials".

Latest from the Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street

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by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 01:07:12 AM EST
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by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 04:26:39 AM EST
AngloSaxon slimeball ... prefers to shake hands with the mightiest on earth - occupant of White House - boost corporate power and inequality. The Dutch have a farmers uprising ... wait and see.

Mark fully in the pocket of a Shell and Unilever ... can add the NSA, CGHQ and CIA. Neither Macron nor Merkel takes Rutte as a confidential partner in their meetings and conversation.

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by Oui on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 05:16:02 AM EST
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by Oui on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 08:11:55 AM EST

Just like the British support for George Bush and the lies about Iraq's WMDs, so got the Tories the British into a domestic mess where there is no escape. The Leave campaign was a fraud and rightwing capitalist policies will align with Trump's White House. Unfortunately, on foreign policy the Democrats offer historically too little deviation from Republican neocon policy. From bad to worse!

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by Oui on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 09:59:14 AM EST
Johnson's prevarication offers a fascinating demonstration of the difference between ruling (albeit incompetently) and governing.  Even if he wins he loses.
by Andhakari on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 10:41:50 AM EST
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My understanding is, Tory "winning" is floating away from ruin on a pile of negotiable securities.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 08:01:54 PM EST
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You'd think they would have learned something. o. right. FIXED-PARLIAMENTS ACT OF 2011.

Under UK law no one but "government" negotiates foreign affairs and agrees treaties. This is the case for USA, too, where o, my, international convention on diverse subjects of law are seldom ratified and enacted in domestic law. What a surprise.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 08:14:00 PM EST
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EU Council will follow the developments in London, waiting for Super Tuesday.

Johnson sends unsigned letter asking for delay, and second arguing against it | The Guardian |

The late-night letters followed another bruising day in the Commons for Johnson, where MPs voted by 322 to 306 to withhold approval of his EU exit deal, forcing him to write to Brussels by 11pm on Saturday to request an extension until 31 January 2020.

Despite the prime minister's insistence that he would not "negotiate" a further extension of the UK's membership of the EU, he confirmed on Saturday evening that he had sought such a prolongation. Shortly after 10pm London time, Tusk tweeted:

An EU source said Tusk's deliberations with European leaders "may take a few days".

After the extension request was sent, Jeremy Corbyn accused Johnson of "petulant posturing and bluster" and said "his damaging deal was defeated today."

Officials in Brussels said there was little doubt that an extension request would be granted, despite the prime minister's attempts to throw doubt on such a move. A decision on the terms could be taken later in October to allow for events to unfold in London. A summit could be held as late as 29 October.

[...]

Guy Verhofstadt, the coordinator of the European parliament's Brexit steering group, said his committee would "consider the outcome of today's vote for the Letwin amendment on Monday".

He added: "Whatever happens next, the marches outside the parliament show just how important a close EU-UK future relationship is."



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 10:18:21 AM EST
which explains why no MP has tabled a bill to REVOKE A.50. You buried the lede. First, EU published the revised WA, NI/IE Protocol inclusive, last week. Second ...
The prime minister sent a total of three letters: an unsigned photocopy of the request SCHEDULE FORM LETTER he was obliged to send under the Benn Act, an explanatory cover letter from the UK's ambassador to the EU[,] and a personal [?] letter explaining why ["]Downing Street did not want an extension["].

Instead the "cross-party" has wound up the insane tabloids to promote the semblance of US American electoral event, "Super Tuesday," following "Super Saturday" which was a procedural failure to "take note of" the WA laid before [Crown in the] parliament but billed as defeat for HRM BoJo.

However, opposition and Tory MPs may reject the rushed timetable for the legislation in a vote on Tuesday [22 Oct], and some believe there is enough cross-party support for a customs union amendment and giving parliament ["]a say["] over extending the transitional period [!].
Confirming, the loudest are liars or never read the WA. "Transition period" flexibility is covered.
Labour seeks new alliance to kill off Boris Johnson's Brexit deal Withdrawal Agreement, Again
Johnson will attempt to win parliamentary backing for his Brexit deal in a straight yes or no vote on Monday. This would be a move to show support for ["]his["] EU withdrawal agreement before MPs have the chance to scrutinise the full legislation [sic] and attach amendments that could be problematic for the government.
29 Oct will become BLACK TUESDAY, because of course. All mysteries in westworld are black.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 10:06:36 PM EST
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Keep Hope ALIVE!: better EXIT "deal" any.day.now.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 10:28:21 PM EST
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(not that one, the other one)
Leading 2020 Democrats lay groundwork for Super Tuesday delegate fight

## Democracy is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Oct 21st, 2019 at 05:35:19 AM EST
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Boris Johnson could be held in contempt of court over Brexit letter
Scotland's most senior judge, Lord Carloway, and two other judges will hear allegations on Monday that the prime minister broke a promise he made to the court that he would not try to sabotage the request for an extension.

The UK government's lawyers pledged in writing and in court this month that the prime minister would honour the provisions of the Benn act, seeking an extension to article 50 if he failed to get a Brexit deal passed by 19 October.

The court needs to decide whether those pledges included not trying to frustrate that act, known in full as the European Union (Withdrawal) (No 2) Act, by simultaneously asking for the extension request to be ignored. Carloway postponed a ruling at the first hearing of this case on 9 October, in part because the government's lawyers made "detailed and specific" statements to uphold the law on Johnson's behalf.

We should know sometime between Monday and Friday of the coming week. The judges are not likely to be amused by Johnson leaving the request letter unsigned.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 08:47:59 PM EST
no

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 10:32:26 PM EST
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Two faces of Boris ...
Will backfire in a conciliatory pose and the Brexiteers can't get a trade deal in 2020 with the EU and has the choice to crash out.
There is no trust in the Vote Leave policy of this government ...

Just a taste of Boris & Co. ...

Spending 1 bn for fracking investments of Shell and BP in Argentina.

The Guardian - UK to use finance meant for green energy to support fracking in Argentina

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 06:02:17 PM EST
Second Reading Brexit Withdrawal Agreement passes 329-299 a significant majority for Boris Johnson.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 06:20:13 PM EST
PM to pull Brexit deal if HoC rejects timetable - now voting:

Result 308-322 REJECTED

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 06:34:01 PM EST
Boris Johnson has decided to "pauze" the legislation.

Will wait the decision of the EU-27 on the extension.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 06:37:47 PM EST
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Boris Johnson has decided to "pauze" the legislation.

Will wait the decision of the EU-27 on the extension.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 06:38:09 PM EST
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Don't feed the tiger!

A 5-yr old needs time to sulk ... exit date Oct. 31st was chiseled in stone.

The EU-27 will likely accept the delay to Jan. 31, 2020 written in the Benn Act.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Oct 22nd, 2019 at 07:32:06 PM EST
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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 01:35:56 PM EST
1. QUEEN'S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS): ADJOURNED DEBATE [23 OCTOBER]Until 5.00pm(Standing Order No. 9(3))
Proposed subject for debate: The economy

That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:

Most Gracious Sovereign,
We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament....

amendments to "Queen's Speech", a - h

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 08:29:18 PM EST
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I note, among the forty-five (45) sponsors of (h) the uncanny appearance of Jonathan Edwards. Not that one, the newest one.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 08:38:07 PM EST
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Portugal: McDonalds troubled



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 05:28:04 PM EST


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