Wed Mar 29th, 2017 at 11:13:02 AM EST
So today is the day that the fools running the UK government at the moment send the Article 50 notification to Europe on behalf of the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Telegraph and a pile of xenophobic old people nostalgic for the death penalty, caning in schools and incandescent fucking lightbulbs.
Meanwhile the Guardian have a story about a draft EU Parliament - the democratic one - resolution on Brexit. A few notable things:
- there may be a transitional deal for after 2019 to ensure that custom controls and barriers on trade are not enforced on day one of Brexit, but that these arrangements should not exceed three years and will be “limited in scope as they can never be a substitute for union membership”.
- the European court of justice will be responsible for settling any legal challenges during the transition period.
- the UK will be able to revoke its notification of article 50 but this must be “subject to conditions set by all EU27 so they cannot be used as a procedural device or abused in an attempt to improve the actual terms of the United Kingdom’s membership”.
- should Britain seek to negotiate any free trade deals with other countries while it is still an EU member state, there will be no future discussion of a deal with the union.
- there will be no special deal for the City of London “providing UK-based undertakings preferential access to the single market and, or the customs union”.
- the cut-off date after which EU nationals coming to the UK lose the automatic right to residency in the UK must not be before 29 March 2019, when the country leaves the EU, or the British government will be breaking EU law.
- Britain should pay all its liabilities “arising from outstanding commitments as well as make provision for off-balance sheet items, contingent liabilities and other financial costs that arise directly as a result of its withdrawal”.
- the outcome of the negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship “cannot involve any trade-off between internal and external security including defence cooperation, on the one hand, and the future economic relationship, on the other hand”.
We'll see what makes into the final resolution and how much of that reflects the thinking of the rest of the EU institutions. A final deal will require a majority vote in Parliament.