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The EU has been saying consistently that if there's another vote and Remain wins, then A50 is dead. A50 needs to be constitutionally binding, and there are serious questions about the legality of vote.

That aside, and in spite of all the bullshit, there's no serious interest in pushing the UK out of the EU, and even less interest in a no-deal crash out.

Both will have inconvenient practical and economic consequences.

The EU is much better placed to deal with those consequences than the UK is. Even so - a crash-out, which is currently the most likely option, turns the UK into an unstable partially-failed rogue state right on the EU's borders. There are any number of reasons why that is not an appealing prospect.

So it's not denial, particularly. The EU is prepared to be pragmatic. It would prefer the UK to stay, but if the UK leaves it will make preparations and take mitigating action - more or less in that order.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 21st, 2018 at 05:42:39 PM EST
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