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The Prime Minister must seek to obtain from the European Council an extension of the period under Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union ending at 11.00pm on 31 October 2019 by sending to the President of the European Council a letter in the form set out in the Schedule to this Act requesting an extension of that period to 11.00pm on 31 January 2020.

This is the text under discussion. The PM does not stand accused before any jurisdiction concerning the above, for the evident reason that this obligation is time-dependent: it does not apply before the 19th of October. Before that date, no Prime Minister can possibly contravene. Whatever "hearings" may exist concerning other matters, there are none whatsoever concerning this now-enacted Bill.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Sep 14th, 2019 at 08:19:14 PM EST
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I've got you number now.
< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Sep 14th, 2019 at 08:39:18 PM EST
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You are mistaken.

The act--in its particulars including the proposed "exit date" and the PM's duty to submit an extension request to president of the EU Council--passed by parliament is not disputed: You and I agree.

Ironically, pleadings of Applicants claim that the PM's prorogation is unlawful for various reasons. One of these, inexplicably, is that Order of Council for prorogation prevents the PM from submitting a timely extension request to president of the EU Council and prevents parliament sufficient time to "debate" any and all decision(s) by the EU Council on or before 31 October 2019.

Ostensibly the prorogation period ends 14 Oct 2019, the EU Council meets for decisions, 17-18 Oct. EUWA-2-2019 stipulates the form of the request to be submitted by PM and schedule for debate commencing PM receipt of EU Council decision: 2 days later. Regardless of the date of submission, UK parliament response to it ("debate") is limited to the period between 18-31 Oct. Regardless of the prorogation period, UK parliament response to it ("debate") is limited to the period between 18-31 Oct.

UK parliamentary "constitutional" procedures in this matter are predicated on--depend on-- EU Council acceptance of parliament's specified extension period. Did you notice? EUWA-2-2019 does express any formula response to EU Council rejection of the request. Did you notice? EUWA-2-2019 SCHEDULE form letter does not express any report of parliamentary progress or "a way forward" to approval or ratification of the withdrawal agreement prepared by T. May and EU Council and 3x rejected. Did you notice?

To be charitable, it is difficult to make sense from a string of non sequiturs purported by a PM to represent simultaneously either "no deal" or a deal or an agreement with either the EU Council or parliament.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Sep 16th, 2019 at 05:00:58 PM EST
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