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EU27 offer #Art50 extension until 31 Oct. Main takeaways? Thread
1. Not abt the UK: EU gave up pressing UK for a “plan” and focused instead on making sure Brexit does not hamper EU work elsewhere. So less about UK, and more about EU.
2. No deal still legal default: on 31 May if UK fails to hold EP elections; on 31 Oct if it fails to pass WA. EU27 will take stock of progress in June. Gives both sides more time to prepare too.
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We go into another week of total uncertainty, less than 3 weeks left, Tory MPs plot premierships, Lab leadership still playing games. No one knows where they stand. People’s lives on hold.

I can’t understand the normality, the lack of protest, the alright on the night mentality.
I can’t understand the absolute derogation of public duty by so many in positions of power.

Nor their willingness to let political ideology, on both extremes, wreak havoc with people’s futures, leaving Brits & EU citizens with no idea what their rights will be in 19 days. /2
I cannot understand how so much of the National narrative has been dictated by a handful of extremists, and why every single day, the reality of what lies ahead is not being asked and asked and asked of our so-called leaders. /3
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We are being held to ransom by a Prime Minister aggressively determined to have her way at any cost.

We are being failed by the so-called Leader of the Opposition who wants to blink & ignore the cold wind of Brexit reality.

Brave MPs must stand together & call to revoke #Art50.
It was never enough to shrug & say the people willed it.

It is not enough now to shrug & pretend we have to comply with an instruction which was devoid of all detail.

It is a catastrophic error to pretend that we have no choices.

Take back control, Britain. #JustMakeItStop
There is not a single aspect of public life in Britain today that appears improved in any way - substantive or superficial - by the Brexit process.

Shrunken in the eyes of the world, our democracy looking threadbare & our national gaze looking ever inwards, parochial & mean.
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What the hell is @jeremycorbyn doing?
Why is he enabling #Tory #Brexit?
Is this the final betrayal?
No, it isn't.
It's the predicted effect of decisions taken 2-3 years ago. All things considered, it's not as bad as it could have been (thanks to #StopBrexit crowd).

Thread.
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To understand why, I need to outline 2 important mechanisms that most people, politicians and commentators seem to ignore, dismiss or simply don't get. They have different and somewhat opposite consequences, but are both decisive in the current & foreseeable predicaments.
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1st and foremost: the biggest constraint that applies to political decision-making comes from the past decisions & policies.
It is a massive constraint.
Cameron COULD NOT convincingly campaign for #Remain, because his own policies CREATED the discontent channelled by #Leave.
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Here it is. Huge news for us. We don’t have to damage ourselves just because we decided on this course. More analysis to follow. #Art50

Congratulations to the petitioners, lawyers & @GoodLawProject!
The Court gives short shrift to UK govt’s rather lame objections that this was a hypothetical question. The Court rules this is relevant by clarifying the options to MPs who must vote on whether to ratify the withdrawal agreement.
The Court also dismisses the Council/Commission’s arguments that agreement on revocation must be unanimous. That, says the Court, would be incompatible with the principle that a Member State cannot be forced to leave the Union against its will.
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There seem to me to be three key paragraphs in the Attorney General's legal advice to the Prime Minister on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland - the 'backstop - in the Withdrawal Agreement.

Here they are. 1/4

Para 16: The Protocol will "endure indefinitely".
Para 30: The review mechanism does not provide a unilateral route out of the backstop. 2/4
Para 33 (conclusion): There is a legal risk that UK could become stuck in "protracted and repeating rounds of negotiations". 3/4 #Brexit #Art50
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The Advocate General made the exit-Brexit decision look easy /1
His view that #Art50 is unilaterally revocable is so strongly argued and expressed that it is hard to see the full Court taking a radically different view /2
But don’t forget that the Commission and the EU 27 Member States (through the Council, from whose position not one of them chose to dissent) all argued in #CJEU that Art 50 was NOT unilaterally revocable/3
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And here it is.

AG considers it is open to the U.K. to unilaterally revoke #Art50 under certain conditions.

If the Court follows this Opinion, the path will have been cleared for MPs to decide the damage being inflicted on our country should stop - in the national interest.
Here’s the link to the @EUCourtPress press release- curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/do…
AG makes light work of the UK Govt argument that this question of #Art50 revocation was purely hypothetical and therefore that the Court should not rule on it.
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Serious cognitive dissonance in @theresa_may⁩’s Op-Ed.

Citizens of nowhere, we remember.

Hard red lines without any respect to a deeply divided result, we see now.

A refusal to apologise for the #HostileEnvironment.

EU citizens rights, we care. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
May claims a “decent, moderate and patriotic programme that is worthy of” Labour support.

So patriotic it deprives us of jobs?

So decent it leaves British citizens in Europe stranded?

So moderate it strips us of our right to study, travel, live, love & work in 27 countries? /2
May boldly asserts “The British people are not bound by ideology”.

Brexit is nothing but ideology.

There are no proven facts. There is a preposterous belief that we can do everything, as all the evidence before he flees to Paris, Berlin, Dublin. /3
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First take from #WhitePaper Foreword.

There’s a new mantra. “Principled & Practical Brexit”.

Apparently it is in our national interest. And so together *we* must now get on and deliver it. To secure the prosperity & security of our citizens for generations to come.

*Coughs*
Foreword from our new Brexit Sec sings about our “unprecedented economic partnership..unrivalled security partnership & and unparalleled partnership on cross-cutting issues such as data, science, innovation”.

Isn’t that called the EU? /2
They don’t call it a #WhitePaper for nothing.
(Cheekily note the tiny heading)
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