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A quick counter to the argument that if he won an Oct14 snap election, Boris Johnson could turn up at the European Council on the 17/18 Oct and quickly negotiate a new #Brexit deal.

This is not how the #EUCO operates. /1
First, #EUCO decisions are generally well prepared by pre negotiations of the heads of state and governments representatives, the sherpas.

This allows the chefs to evaluate the proposals, to focus on the most important issues, and most often negotiate along clear alternatives./2
Second, on #Brexit, the EU27 have never done any direct negotiations with May

The Commission negotiates for the EU27, and then presents the agreement - if there is any - to the #EUCO.

There will be no direct negotiation betw Johnson and Merkel, Macron, Sanchez et al at the EUCO
With a general election on Oct14, there can thus neither negotiations between the Commission and the UK gov, nor practically between the EU27 except to prepare for all eventualities.
A new #Brexit deal any time later, even if it were agreed, could not possibly pass the house of commons or the European Parliament before Oct31, even if the majority changes.

St least a technical extension of a few weeks would be necessary.
In conclusion: There will not be a new #Brexit deal at the Oct17 #EUCO if there are snap elections in the same.

And a vote for Boris Johnson will be a vote for no deal Brexit. /ends
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