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Under our deal with EU government heads to stay in the EU till 31 October, we could actually leave on the first day of any preceding month, if the government's Withdrawal and Implementation Bill (or WAIB) were to pass on any day in the month before. So @DLidington's statement...
today that the government hopes to leave the EU either before new MEPs take their seats in the EU parliament or before MPs have their summer recess in effect creates new Brexit deadlines of 30 June and 31 July. Will those dates go down in the annals as @theresa_may's third...
and fourth missed Brexit deadlines, after the abortive attempts to pass Brexit legislation by the earlier historic deadlines of 29 March and 12 April? That must be the working assumption, given that Lidington said little to increase confidence of a breakthrough in talks...
between the government and Tories on a Brexit compromise. Which is why Tory MPs are fixated on replacing @theresa_may in coming few weeks, not because they think there is the faintest chance her successor would secure approval of the WAIB (most don't want it passed) but...
because they just want to be seen to be doing something, anything. Here's Lidington
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