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15:40  15 march  2019
15:40  15 march  2019 Source:   ft.com

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Brexit has pushed politics in the other direction. Just this week Mrs May was forced to offer a free vote to underscore the stupidity of the crash-out Brexit There is a long way to go. The process could throw up a general election as well as a promise of another referendum. It will be messy and could

Anti- Brexit activists hold placards as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 14, 2019 as MPs debate a motion on Common sense and political leadership have seen Greece stabilise its economy and restore functioning government. In the meantime, Brexit has all but

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Some time ago, I wrote that Britain was heading the way of Greece. The comparison caused (justifiable) offence in Athens and (unwarranted) indignation in London. The time has come formally to recant. Grexit is now a fading nightmare. Common sense and political leadership have seen Greece stabilise its economy and restore functioning government. In the meantime, Brexit has all but broken British politics.

The heavy economic costs of Brexit were always obvious to all but the fantasists who imagine that “global Britain”, untethered from its own continent, will usher in a new Elizabethan age. The political stresses and strains — the absence of any consensus about what Brexit actually meant, the collision between the referendum outcome and the pro-European views of the majority of MPs, and deep divisions within parties — were casually overlooked. No one should be surprised that the nation’s politics now resemble a car crash.

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The UK could face a long delay to Brexit if MPs cannot agree a way forward in coming days says prime minister Theresa May, after Ahead of the ballots, it emerged Mrs May was set to put her twice-rejected Brexit deal to a vote in the House of Commons again, piling pressure on rebel politicians to

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At once unimaginative and stubborn, Theresa May has squandered the respect of her cabinet and lost all authority within the governing Conservative party. The prime minister’s half-baked Brexit deal with the EU27 has suffered a second crushing defeat in the House of Commons. An unbridgeable chasm has opened up between the Conservatives’ English nationalists and a shrinking band who still pledge allegiance to “One Nation” Toryism. For her part, Mrs May clings against all logic to the idea that somehow she can get her agreement through.

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On the other side of the aisle, the largely pro-European Labour opposition is led by a Eurosceptic trapped in the time warp of 1970s socialism. Jeremy Corbyn commands the confidence of only a couple of dozen of his own MPs. Many consider him unfit to be prime minister. Brexit, Mr Corbyn tells centre-left leaders elsewhere in Europe, “is not my priority”. He sees himself as the carrier of a brighter flame. His mission, he boasts, is “building socialism”.

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Either way , the current House of Commons has been completely unable to find a way forward. British politics has found itself unable to frame the questions it must answer, never mind answer them. Greece shows the long way back to a Brexit deal .

The UK could face a long delay to Brexit if MPs cannot agree a way forward in coming days says British MPs have voted to seek EU backing to extend article 50 to delay the UK’s departure from the bloc. The government motion proposed to have either a short delay by agreeing to a Brexit deal by

The referendum outcome shocked and dismayed Britain’s many friends. The paralysis since in a nation once renowned for level-headed pragmatism has been all but incomprehensible. And, yes, it is truly shocking to realise that two weeks before its scheduled departure, Britain does not have even an outline as to how it can replace decades of economic integration and political collaboration with its nearest neighbours.

For their part, European leaders have shown the patience of saints as Mrs May has run scared of her party’s nationalists. The likes of former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, soaked in delusions about past glory and continental conspiracies, have wrecked all attempts to reach an intelligent accommodation. Britain won the war, they want us to know. It can set its own terms.

So no blame attaches to the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier or to French President Emmanuel Macron when they suggest that if Britain now wants an extension to the Article 50 process, it must first come up with a credible strategy to use the additional time.

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The UK could face a long delay to Brexit if MPs cannot agree a way forward in coming days says British MPs have voted to seek EU backing to extend article 50 to delay the UK’s departure from the bloc. The government motion proposed to have either a short delay by agreeing to a Brexit deal by

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I have heard many others across the continent — most of them good friends of Britain — say much the same thing. What is the point of open-ended negotiations if they do nothing but postpone the cliff edge for a few months or so? And, by the way, the EU27 have other things on their minds beyond Britain’s determination to self-harm.

As understandable as they are, such sentiments misread the political dynamics. Britain needs extra time — and a lot more than the three months often mentioned in Brussels — precisely because it does not have a strategy. The past two years have been entirely wasted. An orderly separation requires that the politicians start again. That will require time as well as imagination. Nor should fellow Europeans discount the possibility that such a process could end in a second referendum.

EU Agrees To Brexit Delay – But Shorter Than Theresa May Asked For

EU Agrees To Brexit Delay – But Shorter Than Theresa May Asked For The European Union has agreed to Theresa May’s request for a short delay to Brexit – but not the three-month extension to June 30 she had asked for. According to a draft of the crunch EU summit’s conclusions, leaders from the remaining 27 nations have said the UK can extend Article 50, but just until May 22 – as long a MPs vote in favour of the PM’s deal next week. The date is the day before European elections start. The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 – in just eight days time. If a deal is not signed, the legal default remains a no-deal Brexit on that date.

The only way May could secure a good deal for the UK would be by diffusing the EU’s spoiling tactics, while still respecting the Burkean Brexiteers’ strongest The fact that May has opted for a Brexit negotiation that will immediately activate the EU’s worst instincts and tactics, for petty party-political

A few things should be obvious by now. The Kamikaze Brexiters who have tortured Mrs May can wreck her plans but cannot win support for their own. For her part — and I fear even after two resounding defeats she still has not understood this — the prime minister cannot continue to treat Brexit as the sole property of the Tory party. The only deal with Brussels that will command sufficient support in the House of Commons is one that reaches across the partisan barricades.

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Impossible, some will say. The two-party system is immutable. I am not so sure. Brexit has pushed politics in the other direction. Just this week Mrs May was forced to offer a free vote to underscore the stupidity of the crash-out Brexit sought by her party’s hardliners.

There could well be more such occasions in coming days as MPs test opinion on other, softer versions of Brexit. Nearly a dozen MPs have broken with the two main parties to re-establish a centrist voice in the nation’s politics. Talk of a second referendum is no longer the preserve of diehard Remainers. If Mrs May can demand a second vote on her deal, why should the people be denied a chance to think again?

There is a long way to go. The process could throw up a general election as well as a promise of another referendum. It will be messy and could end in another failure. But it is surely worth the time. A series of rolling extensions of Article 50, guaranteed until the end of 2020, could be the game-changer. Britain does not deserve a bailout, the EU27 could reasonably say. Well, perhaps not. But some said the same about Greece.

EU Agrees To Brexit Delay – But Shorter Than Theresa May Asked For.
The European Union has agreed to Theresa May’s request for a short delay to Brexit – but not the three-month extension to June 30 she had asked for. According to a draft of the crunch EU summit’s conclusions, leaders from the remaining 27 nations have said the UK can extend Article 50, but just until May 22 – as long a MPs vote in favour of the PM’s deal next week. The date is the day before European elections start. The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 – in just eight days time. If a deal is not signed, the legal default remains a no-deal Brexit on that date.

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