Tusk describes it as a “flextension”. The decision increases pressure on MPs to agree to a General Election.
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The big prize will be that the UK’s economic and trade freedom will be restored, something May’s backstop would have prevented, potentially indefinitely.
“A further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners”. Johnson’s second letter to Tusk. Full text.
This letter sets out his view again, in contrast to Parliament’s – which is expressed in the unsigned other letter also sent to Tusk.
The Irish Government have failed to grasp the extent to which unionist concerns would be listened in London.
The EU’s latest assessment of British Eurosceptics is half right. Which is better than nothing, but still off.
Iain Dale: Were the Prime Minister to pull the plug on HS2, would he call time on Heathrow expansion too?
Plus: I* which I ru* i*to a few a**oyi*g problems fili*g this colum* from my *orfolk retreat.
This Commons won’t accept the Northern Ireland backstop. That’s the reality – whether the EU likes it or not.
Remainers cannot both plead Commons supremacy over Brexit and deny it over the Withdrawal Agreement.
Many of our proposals can be introduced quickly. Some might take 12 – 15 months. We don’t believe anything will take longer than two to three years.
“The backstop is anti-democratic” and “risks weakening…the Belfast Agreement”. Johnson’s letter to Tusk. Full Text.
“It cannot form part of an agreed Withdrawal Agreement. That is a fact we must both acknowledge. I believe the task before us is to strive to find other solutions.”
Henry Newman: The Alternative Arrangements Commission offers the best route through the backstop problem
There are real, viable answers to this sticky problem. But rebuilding trust may be as hard as resolving technical questions.
“Until the end of this period, the UK also has the possibility of revoking Article 50 and cancelling Brexit altogether.”
Syed Kamall: Why the Prime Minister has grounds to hope the EU will grant her request for an extension
Even amongst those keen to use it as a lesson, there is not yet any willingness to take the blame for a no-deal departure.
She hopes for agreement before the European elections, but the Government will “make responsible preparations to hold the elections should this not prove possible.”
The divisions and impatience exposed could well be real, but it doesn’t follow that Brussels is about to suddenly shift its policy.
Leadsom seems to be the only one with lead in her pencil. All she needs now is to grow big fat hairy balls.