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The EU won't agree to re-opening the Withdrawal agreement, but the political declaration on the future relationship is fair game. So a re-write to include membership of A customs union, protection of workers rights etc. is entirely possible and even doable in a few weeks.

The problem is that this process, combined with ratification and enactment processes on all sides is unlikely to be completed by May 22nd. So the UK could be in breach of its Treaty obligations to hold elections for quite some time, and a de facto Brexit would occur even before a new deal had been formally agreed and ratified.

The EU can't afford to allow a de facto Brexit, so I doubt the EU would allow that to happen and would insist on the UK holding the EP elections - enraging Brexiteers and giving some hope to campaigners for a second confirmatory public vote who could channel their energies into the election campaign.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 09:29:17 PM EST
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