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Simon Usherwood @Usherwood
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Fixing Brexit-day is a bad idea, for several reasons:

Most importantly, it removes one of the few remaining areas of flexibility in #A50 process. Regardless of preferred outcome, having option to move date might be useful

Most obviously, you might find events suddenly require more time. Maybe you're on edge of an agreement, but time runs out. Or perhaps a ratifying body throws a sml spanner in works

Remember that 29 March 2019 is already wired into process as end of #A50, so UK legislation only makes it even harder to get an extension. Has never been solely for UK to decide to extend

From EU27 side, hard-wiring will also reduce UK flexibility, which either means EU can push harder on 'take-it-or-leave-it' strategy or increases doubts about viability of any deal. Neither option good for UK

Overall, this compromises UK position, with little obvious benefit to May domestically, unless it's a balance/cover to some #A50 substantive concession

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