The European Tribune is a forum for thoughtful dialogue of European and international issues. You are invited to post comments and your own articles.
Please REGISTER to post.
But how could Theresa May have agreed to the deal without checking with him first to ensure he was on board? Just another blow to her credibility and reputation for competence: remember she campaigned for the leadership and in the general election on the basis of being "a safe pair of hands". She has now dropped just about every ball ever thrown at her.
Anyone with any self-respect would have resigned by now. There is no point in anyone even talking to her now as she has shown she can deliver on nothing.
So further negotiations on May's deal are off the table. Only three options remain:
A referendum requires enabling legislation so probably couldn't happen until autumn assuming they can agree on what question should be asked.
So you are talking anything from 2 to 6 months minimum. That would require the UK to participate in the EP elections as it would still be a member in May.
Some observers seem to think that is a legal technicality which can be avoided or overcome, but AFAIK it is a Treaty obligation for members and so can't just be changed even by legislation in the EP.
Personally I don't see what the problem is. Local elections are due in some areas in May anyway, and the EP elections could be a useful dry run for parties aiming to campaign in the referendum.
If Remain supporting parties do better than Leave supporting parties they will get a useful boost, and the whole exercise will help to undermine the Brexiteer "EU is undemocratic" mantra.
As usual turnout will be vital and Remain supporters might well be more motivated to turn out for an EP election.
So if I was the EU I would be insisting on at least 3 months and with the UK committing to participate in the EP elections. No real change can come in less time.
Index of Frank's Diaries
#2 is like asking turkeys to vote for Xmas, although she may be fooled (for a second time) by her current lead in the polls over Corbyn. However #3 offers a way out. No one can say she wasn't sincere and dogged in her attempt to deliver Brexit and everyone will blame Parliament for being dysfunctional.
Corbyn will only agree to #3 if denied a general election (once again) but between them they should easily have the numbers to pass the required legislation. The problem is will they even be able to agree the wording? For all the talk of negotiating with Brussels, May and Corbyn have never agreed to work together on anything, and seem almost incapable of doing so. Such is the antipathy.
Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 19 15 comments
by Bernard - Jul 16 35 comments
by Oui - Jul 14 3 comments
by Oui - Jul 19 23 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 14 15 comments
by ARGeezer - Jul 10 18 comments
by eurogreen - Jul 8 8 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 10 27 comments
by Oui - Jul 211 comment
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 1915 comments
by Oui - Jul 1923 comments
by Oui - Jul 181 comment
by Bernard - Jul 1635 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 1415 comments
by Oui - Jul 143 comments
by ARGeezer - Jul 1018 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 1027 comments
by Oui - Jul 98 comments
by eurogreen - Jul 88 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 532 comments
by gmoke - Jul 439 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jul 252 comments
by Frank Schnittger - Jun 26106 comments
by Oui - Jun 219 comments