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It hardly seems likely that any sort of new or different deal could be worked out in the remaining two weeks. If this "gang" had acted six months ago, they might have had a chance.

And the EU seems unlikely at this point to give an extension. The choices have narrowed down to

  • withdraw Article 50,
  • no-deal Brexit, or
  • May's-deal Brexit.

I think her strategy is working just as she wants it to, and all the noise is exactly that: noise.
by asdf on Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 at 05:00:52 PM EST
There is a fourth option, the Commission etc have made clear that a May/Corbyn compromise Brexit (customs union etc) could be accomodated by rewriting the political statement (which is currently pretty empty because May doesn't know what Brexit means).

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 at 06:01:01 PM EST
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What are you talking about?

The political declaration amended to the Withdrawal Agreement, when negotiation was concluded, is not "empty".

26 pages

This document expresses UK gov "future partnership" agenda(UK-EU trade agreement) that it intended to instantiate in "legally-binding" language during the "transition period". BUT UK gov has neither signed nor ratified the Withdrawal Agreement.

May's cabinet owns the terms of this "concession" by the EU gov.

HOC has rejected its value, indeed the whole TEU process of an "orderly", negotiated exit by 29 March 2019.

The only "option" which Corbyn agita expresses should be, must be, understood as acknowledgment of UK third-country status and negotiating position viz. Lisbon without TEU protection extended 21 months from 29 March 2019 by the Withdrawal Agreement.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 22nd, 2019 at 07:12:04 PM EST
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