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What is he legally required to do?

Carry a one sentence paper to Brussels and then spend a day verbally arguing against it? Write up a dissertation on all the bad stuff about the EU and then on the last page say that despite everything he is requesting an extension? Take the paper to the Brussels airport and toss it into the bin? Make a verbal request in an even more obnoxious and insulting way that already demonstrated?

Seems like there is lots of wiggle room for the PM to avoid making a serious extension request.

by asdf on Sat Sep 7th, 2019 at 02:12:44 PM EST
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I just know, you are an avid reader of pending litigation evoking the OBSCURE Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S. Code CHAPTER 5, to thwart sundry executive agencies' regulations, directed by Team Trump alias POTUS, to implement horseshit enacted by the money-grubbing odious.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Sep 7th, 2019 at 08:06:54 PM EST
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after the dread Rosenstein, after the dread 2020 Census "citizen question"
Immigrants Take Feds to Court Over Stricter Asylum Rules
In addition to [allegedly] violating the Administrative Procedure Act, federal immigration law and the First Amendment [?], the groups and asylum seekers say the rules are invalid because the man who issued them, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli, was unlawfully appointed.

Cuccinelli took over USCIS after President Donald Trump forced former Director Lee Francis Cissna to resign. Under a federal law that dictates how acting directors take on their roles, the groups say USCIS Deputy Director Mark Koumans should have taken over for Cissna, but that Trump worked around this by making a new office just for Cuccinelli.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Sep 9th, 2019 at 07:05:24 PM EST
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According the the Telegraph, the Tories have a Cunning Plan.
Without violating the Torygraph's paywall, nor encouraging anyone to give them money, here's the Guardian's extract :

As referred to earlier, according to today's Daily Telegraph splash (paywall), Johnson is considering a new version of the "two contradictory letters strategy" to try to confound the law passed by parliament requiring him to request an article 50 extension if he has failed to agree a Brexit deal by 19 October, and if MPs have not voted to agree no deal (which they won't). Here is an extract from Owen Bennett and Harry Yorke's story.

Boris Johnson has drawn up plans to "sabotage" any Brexit extension without breaking the law, the Telegraph has learnt ...
One plan under serious consideration would see the prime minister send an accompanying letter alongside the request to extend article 50 setting out that the government does not want any delay after Oct 31.
On Sunday night, a cabinet source told The Telegraph: "There is a prescribed letter that has to be sent ... Does that stop the prime minister sending other documents to the EU? I don't think it does.
"A political explainer perhaps, as to where the government's policy is. It has to make clear that the government is asking for an extension, but let's not forget what the next step is.
"Once that is done, the Europeans are going to ask: `Why? What is the reason?' [What] if the government said: `We don't have any reasons for an extension'?
"There is a clear path now: the Europeans need to refuse an extension."

Wizard wheeze. I'm sure that'll work. Unless someone in Brussels (or Paris or Berlin or...) knows how to read English, and is aware that this bozo has no majority in Parliament, and that Parliament has commanded him to request an extension.

In which case, I should think the extension would be granted pretty much automatically.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Sep 9th, 2019 at 08:41:52 AM EST
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See a highly authorised opinion of this wizard wheeze here.

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 Mon Sep 9th, 2019 at 09:21:23 AM EST
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Although I am of the opinion that Boris might try it and shout "see you in court!!!". By the time the case can be tried and a judgement passed, it'll be far too late. No deal will have happened.

Also, judging by the pronouncements over the high court judgements on pro-roguing, I think the courts are trying to stay out of politics.

Of course, Boris or cummings might go to jail, but I doubt it. they'll be fined, slapped on the wrist. Even if they do go, presuming a Tory govt, they'll be pardoned, ennobled and sent to the Lords from which they'll rule in absentia from the bar of a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean after they've cashed in their winnings

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Sep 10th, 2019 at 01:06:23 PM EST
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For one so young you are so cynical!
As a public schoolboy Boris will have been taught to obey the rules and present his back-side for a good thrashing if he disobeys them...
If he were serious about doing such things he wouldn't be allowing his Sherpas to be speculating to the media about them. Never let your enemy see you coming...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Sep 10th, 2019 at 03:07:30 PM EST
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