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Germany’s EU Commissioner ‘wouldn’t bet’ on Brexit happening

Posted by seumasach on August 31, 2016


31st August, 2016

Germany’s EU Commissioner has expressed doubts over whether the UK will actually leave the European Union, saying he would not “place any major bets on Brexit“.

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Brexit X-men: how the prime minister’s key negotiators are coping

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2016

It may be that something will happen this autumn to distract attention from the travails of the hopelessly divided Brexit camp, something like a financial crash. This could put the whole process on the back-burner much to the relief of Johnson & co who simply don’t know what they are doing, just as millions of Brits simply didn’t know what they were voting for in practice. Failing this deus ex machine the divisions within the camp will be there for all to see rendering the necessary pre-article 50 agreement on a brexit plan impossible.


21st August, 2016

When Boris Johnson was working for the Daily Telegraph in Brussels in the early 1990s, rival British correspondents dreaded midnight calls from their news desks in London. Sonia Purnell, Johnson’s biographer, who worked with him at the time, recalls that Boris’s stories about the curvature of bananas, the shape of cucumbers and other EU absurdities were known as “duvet blasters”. Despairing reporters were ordered out of bed to write follow-ups. “The stories were almost always wrong but they would still blast everyone’s duvets,” says Purnell. For the young Johnson, it was good journalistic fun.

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UK PM Theresa May: Government won’t activate ‘Brexit’ article until a ‘UK approach’ is agreed upon

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

May will not trigger Article 50 until she has the agreement of those who don’t want to trigger Article 50 to trigger Article 50. Until Nicola Sturgeon agrees to commit political suicide by agreeing to Article 50 being triggered.

Business Insider

15th July, 2016

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday that the government would not trigger Article 50, the formal trigger of divorce talks with the European Union, until a “UK approach” had been agreed.

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Brexit: why nobody wants to trigger Article 50

Posted by seumasach on July 1, 2016

The UK will not be part of the ensuing discussion; as Article 50 states: ‘The member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.’

Money Observer

1st July, 2016

If the UK does formally leave the EU it will have to renegotiate hundreds of trade agreements. But the UK parliament ‘does not currently have the capacity to cope with a full Brexit’, says a House of Commons spokesperson.

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