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By my understanding, this incudes the right to rescind an A.50 notification, but also the obligation to organise the EP elections due next May in its territory, even if it subsequently turns out that the UK has left the EU before the EP is due to hold its first session, in which case the UK members of the EP duly elected will be unable to take their seats and their election will be deemed moot.
The EU can also choose to re-open the Withdrawal Agreement negotiations at a time of its choosing if it is so minded, but then again it may choose not to do so, as appears to be their choice at the present time.
Discussions on the accompanying "Political Declaration" are ongoing, with the UK seeking to give that declaration some legal force, something the EU has not been prepared to concede at the time of writing, particularly as the declarations the UK are seeking might be deemed to be in contradiction of aspects of that Withdrawal Agreement, as concluded last November.
If the choice for the UK becomes one between ratifying the Withdrawal Agreement and a Second referendum, with "no deal" ruled out, the EU will have little incentive to "sweeten the pill" of the Withdrawal Agreement, as its preferred option as always been no Brexit at all.
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What does this mean, though? May is not that far away: fewer than 90 days. If one looks in France, for example, have polling place notices been mailed yet? Candidate lists published? Voting observers put on retainer? Etc.?
I don't know the mechanics of voting in the EU, but an election date in May suggests that by early March there should be observable preparatory activity. If that activity is not observable in the UK, is the UK still fulfilling its responsibilities as an EU member in good standing?
In Sweden, today was last day to hand in candidates, lists, signed declarations by the candidates etc, for parties if they are to be guaranteed printed lists at latest 45 days before the election.
The election authority usually manages late cases, but they don't guarantee it.
So, at least here, the election time table has already started.
I can't find any requirement for a minimum or maximum notice period, but on 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention to call a snap general election for 8 June 2017 - a period of c. 7 weeks.
Referendums require distinct legislation to be passed on each occasion, so it takes however long that takes. The legislation for the June 2016 Brexit referendum was introduced into the HOC on 28 May 2015 - over a year beforehand.
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Don't all voters have a voting card with the fixed polling place on it
Individual Polling cards are mailed to each person on the electoral roll before each election, indicating the polling station on that occasion. While they rarely change, polling stations are not fixed.
The polling card is/was just a notiification of the election. You did not need it to vote. Until a trial in May 2018 you did not need to prove your identity, just state you name and address to be given a ballot paper.
In May 2018 local (council) elections, there were some trials requiring ID to vote.
You might say "archaic" or "very trusting".
The questions about "organizing an election" and voters' assignments to a particular "fixed polling place" concern the UK electoral system, specifically.
Let's not generalize methods of "to encourage" (or to discourage) to exercise the ballot for either the past or the present,
before you've even established qualifications for
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