View Poll Results: 10 days left, what'll it be?

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  • Hard Brexit (crash out)

    45 48.91%
  • No Brexit (Remain by revoking A50)

    24 26.09%
  • Withdrawal Agreement (after a new session is called)

    0 0%
  • Extension + Withdrawal Agreement

    3 3.26%
  • Extension + Crashout

    9 9.78%
  • Extension + Remain

    11 11.96%
  1. #20861
    Quote Originally Posted by Pann View Post
    I don't think there is any chance of the WA being renegotiated but I think there is a good chance that the political declaration could/will be altered hence the reports of member state officials meeting with Johnson's pals. Whether this will be enough to get the WA through remains to be seen.
    Just been pestering the MMO-C what's for dinner thread.

    What reports?

    How could the political declaration be altered in a way that would be acceptable to either the EU or the new cabinet / those who voted for him?

    The future relationship will be based on a balance of rights and obligations, taking into account the principles of each party.
    "This balance must ensure the autonomy of the union's decision-making and be consistent with the union's principles, in particular with respect to the integrity of the single market and the customs union and the indivisibility of the four freedoms.
    "It must also ensure the sovereignty of the United Kingdom and the protection of its internal market, while respecting the result of the 2016 referendum including with regard to the development of its independent trade policy and the ending of free movement of people between the Union and the United Kingdom."


    Boris 'aint gonna square that circle.

  2. #20862
    Quote Originally Posted by LeGin Tufnel View Post
    What reports?

    How could the political declaration be altered in a way that would be acceptable to either the EU or the new cabinet / those who voted for him?

    The future relationship will be based on a balance of rights and obligations, taking into account the principles of each party.
    "This balance must ensure the autonomy of the union's decision-making and be consistent with the union's principles, in particular with respect to the integrity of the single market and the customs union and the indivisibility of the four freedoms.
    "It must also ensure the sovereignty of the United Kingdom and the protection of its internal market, while respecting the result of the 2016 referendum including with regard to the development of its independent trade policy and the ending of free movement of people between the Union and the United Kingdom."


    Boris 'aint gonna square that circle.
    The Sunday Times ran a piece that suggested that officials from certain EU member states had been meeting with Johnson's allies with a view as to what could be done to avoid no-deal.

    That's the $64,000 question!

  3. #20863
    Quote Originally Posted by Pann View Post
    That's the $64,000 question!
    Just because I'm not sure I follow the analogy, isn't the 64k one the "freeby" where you don't lose anything if you get it wrong? IS that the gist of the comparison or did I miss the point?
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  4. #20864
    Quote Originally Posted by dribbles View Post
    In fact I'd be doing all I could to keep one of my major customers, offering them cake and cherries, accommodating their wishes to the best of my ability. My business would be far weaker to just watch them walk out the door...
    You had cake and cherries since day 1 of joining the EU... or did you forget about not joining Schengen, or not adopting the Euro ?
    Since you didn't suffer any downsides from that and still had full access to the market etc etc I would call that cake and cherries.

    It's like a little child throwing a tandrum and not wanting to clean it's room or something but you still take it out to McDonald's for dinner.
    I would be sad to see the UK go without a No Deal, just cause it's bad for everyone but i'll be damned if i'm not bored by now by your constant wishes of being treated as a special child and wanting all the benefits but none of the rules, it's been going on since day of 1 of you guys joining the EU.


    More ontopic : BoJo saying '' we can get a new deal, a better deal. '' and actually looking like he means it, never have I had such a good laugh on day 1 of seeing a new PM speak.

  5. #20865
    Quote Originally Posted by Kronik85 View Post
    The Conservatives TRAITORS! have to wait for BoJo to get in front of Parliament and in no uncertain terms tell it that he will be pursuing No Deal because the EU is made up of meanies who are bullying the poor defenceless super strong and definitely a world super power UK who refuse to renegotiate the thing the UK itself negotiated.

    Until it's on record then a No Confidence vote will most likely fail. Lets not forget we have plenty of MPs like Mick Jaggers Illegitimate Rambling Love Child Rory Stewart who are very keen to point out how they don't agree with their party but then vote with the whip anyway.
    I mean, I'm with you... but a no conf doesn't matter. Time's running out. You think "Oh, it's almost August, we still got like three months!" but look at how good the UK is at using time to get stuff done. You don't have time for a no conf. I dare say you've already run out of time.

    See, the way you guys describe it, I'm thinking you either crash out, that's pretty much accomplished. Has been since three years ago. If you want anything else, you need to no conf, do a GE, then call a bloody referendum and then get Parliament to agree on... something other than no deal.

    I mean this in the most friendly way imaginable but... good luck. You're gonna need it even if all the stars align for you guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronik85 View Post
    But hasn't the EU always been up for making amendments to the PD and Parlimamet (BoJo and his cohorts most of all) have said that it isn't good enough and it's the Backstop in the WA that must go?

    Now that BoJo is in power I can totally see that this repeated offer by the EU to put stuff in the PD might be redressed as something completely new, totally spiffing and exactly what the country needs...but it isn't and Parliament has ready rejected it, at least twice.
    Truth be told? The reason why the EU is so happy to amend the PD is because that's a whole truckload of horse manure. Nobody gives a flying fuck about the PD. That's a PR piece of paper to sell the news agencies once everything is ratified. The most legal relevance it has is "help guide interpretations of the WA" in case of disputes. It's what lawyers refer to when they say things like "oh, so when you said backstop, you really meant it because in the PD you also talked about it!"

    It's not ever something that will be directly challenged in any court, because as a document itself, it has zero legal relevance.

    The backstop will go when the UK solves the puzzle of "close borders while keeping borders open". That this will be literally never is pretty clear to anyone who actually thinks about this for more than two seconds. This is why Brexiteers are so adamant about rejecting the WA. Because essentially, the WA would put Brexit on hold indefinitely. And May was too happy to have that happen, because if nothing else, the British like being weird in their ways... you'd have accepted this and in 5 years "it would've always been this way" and please, never change it, because that's how it's done etc.

    Nothing in the PD, no matter how much you rephrase it, will change any material thing that pisses Brexiteers off. Even discussing touching it is already a waste of time, if I'm absolutely blunt. The EU knows this. every politically interested person knows this. Brexiteers know this. And this is why the EU throws that into the ring every now and then and why Brexiteers routinely scoff at the idea.
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  6. #20866
    Quote Originally Posted by Mayhem View Post
    Just one question here, would it actually matter if it was unconstitutional? Like, would that stop Brexit from happening or would it happen regardless and deemed unconstitutional by UK courts?

    You know, because there are a bunch of other countries involved that don't care too much for British laws.
    I honestly don't know. My understanding of the blog post is that Article 50 is not design to kick out a member state. It lays out procedures for a voluntary withdrawal.
    What the author seems to imply is that even though other members states might not care, they can not push the UK into an unconstitutional situation. What the author says is the whole procedure would lapse (the whole article 50 shitshow would just be cancelled and the UK would have to invoke it and start over again).
    The EU's (and so far the UK's) stance is that by the deadline, Treaties cease the apply, so no deal is the default.
    I don't know who would win in court if there was a dispute, but the author seems to say there is a strong point to be made.

    Again, I'm don't have a legal background and there is obscure stuff in this, but it's an interesting perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demolitia View Post
    I honestly don't know. My understanding of the blog post is that Article 50 is not design to kick out a member state. It lays out procedures for a voluntary withdrawal.
    What the author seems to imply is that even though other members states might not care, they can not push the UK into an unconstitutional situation. What the author says is the whole procedure would lapse (the whole article 50 shitshow would just be cancelled and the UK would have to invoke it and start over again).
    The EU's (and so far the UK's) stance is that by the deadline, Treaties cease the apply, so no deal is the default.
    I don't know who would win in court if there was a dispute, but the author seems to say there is a strong point to be made.

    Again, I'm don't have a legal background and there is obscure stuff in this, but it's an interesting perspective.
    It is an interesting perspective, but ultimately it doesn't matter unless the courts can decide on the legality prior to 31st of October and give a ruling, no?

    I mean, after 31st the damage is done and can't just be reversed.
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    A bunch of times actually.

  8. #20868
    Quote Originally Posted by Demolitia View Post
    I honestly don't know. My understanding of the blog post is that Article 50 is not design to kick out a member state. It lays out procedures for a voluntary withdrawal.
    What the author seems to imply is that even though other members states might not care, they can not push the UK into an unconstitutional situation. What the author says is the whole procedure would lapse (the whole article 50 shitshow would just be cancelled and the UK would have to invoke it and start over again).
    The EU's (and so far the UK's) stance is that by the deadline, Treaties cease the apply, so no deal is the default.
    I don't know who would win in court if there was a dispute, but the author seems to say there is a strong point to be made.

    Again, I'm don't have a legal background and there is obscure stuff in this, but it's an interesting perspective.
    Here is the thing. The formative treaties of the EU cease to apply to the UK. And that will happen on Oct 31st.
    But much of the framework that forms the EU and creates the connections between EU states is not simply in the treaties. It is enshrined in national law. While the treaties will not apply to the UK, decades of legislation will. It would probably take weeks for the UK parliamentary system working at the minimum time required to begin stripping that legislation and much of it does not just need to be removed, it needs to be replaced. So in a completely disorderly No Deal you could be in a situation where the UK still is tied up by UK law to act for all purposes as an EU member with no actual reciprocity to the UK by the other members since those relations were covered by the treaties. And then there may be bilateral treaties between the UK and individual members that interact or are based on the EU treaties which would also be in limbo. The Withdrawal Agreement probably covers for this discontinuity but absent the WA the UK would need to substitute it for their own legislation.

    So yes, the treaties cease to apply through Article 50. But what about EVERYTHING ELSE?
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  9. #20869
    Quote Originally Posted by Demolitia View Post
    I honestly don't know. My understanding of the blog post is that Article 50 is not design to kick out a member state. It lays out procedures for a voluntary withdrawal.
    What the author seems to imply is that even though other members states might not care, they can not push the UK into an unconstitutional situation. What the author says is the whole procedure would lapse (the whole article 50 shitshow would just be cancelled and the UK would have to invoke it and start over again).
    The EU's (and so far the UK's) stance is that by the deadline, Treaties cease the apply, so no deal is the default.
    I don't know who would win in court if there was a dispute, but the author seems to say there is a strong point to be made.

    Again, I'm don't have a legal background and there is obscure stuff in this, but it's an interesting perspective.
    (IANAL either) For me that looked like circular logic. He is arguing article 50 notice is all good until 3 years later parliament says it's not good. What?

    Negotiations after invoing article 50 wouldn't have started if either UK or EU side had doubts about its constitutional invoking.

  10. #20870
    Quote Originally Posted by AeneasBK View Post
    Just because I'm not sure I follow the analogy, isn't the 64k one the "freeby" where you don't lose anything if you get it wrong? IS that the gist of the comparison or did I miss the point?
    Wrong game show.... you're thinking of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? "$64,000 question" is a reference to an American game show from the 50s / 60s.

    the phrase the $64,000 question remains as an idiom. Its definition is loose, but it usually means the crucial or essential question. Something referred to as the $64,000 question is usually an important issue whose outcome can’t be foreseen and on which much hinges.

  11. #20871
    Quote Originally Posted by AeneasBK View Post
    Just because I'm not sure I follow the analogy, isn't the 64k one the "freeby" where you don't lose anything if you get it wrong? IS that the gist of the comparison or did I miss the point?
    "Today, while most of us have never seen the game show, the phrase the $64,000 question remains as an idiom. Its definition is loose, but it usually means the crucial or essential question. Something referred to as the $64,000 question is usually an important issue whose outcome can’t be foreseen and on which much hinges."

    https://grammarist.com/usage/the-64000-question/

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  12. #20872
    Can anyone table a motion of no confidence?
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  13. #20873
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nymrohd View Post
    Can anyone table a motion of no confidence?
    The speaker would have to allow it.

    Before Oct 31st? Not really. There are 24 sitting parliamentary days left until then and so not really the time. It is very much a last resort and a no confidence vote has not been successful for forty years.

    Remainers and EU fanatics clutching at straws sums it up, no deal now is the only realistic game in town.

  14. #20874
    Quote Originally Posted by Demolitia View Post
    I honestly don't know. My understanding of the blog post is that Article 50 is not design to kick out a member state. It lays out procedures for a voluntary withdrawal.
    What the author seems to imply is that even though other members states might not care, they can not push the UK into an unconstitutional situation. What the author says is the whole procedure would lapse (the whole article 50 shitshow would just be cancelled and the UK would have to invoke it and start over again).
    The EU's (and so far the UK's) stance is that by the deadline, Treaties cease the apply, so no deal is the default.
    I don't know who would win in court if there was a dispute, but the author seems to say there is a strong point to be made.

    Again, I'm don't have a legal background and there is obscure stuff in this, but it's an interesting perspective.
    Put it this way, what the author wrote is merely a legal interpretation. The ECJ has already ruled on the issue and confirmed A50 and even the requirements for a revocation, so as far as the EU is concerned, the UK's constitutional requirements have been met. Since that is the highest court in Europe handling this matter, whatever the opinion of a legal expert in a university, this matter is settled. The discussion here is, literally, academic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nymrohd View Post
    Here is the thing. The formative treaties of the EU cease to apply to the UK. And that will happen on Oct 31st.
    But much of the framework that forms the EU and creates the connections between EU states is not simply in the treaties. It is enshrined in national law. While the treaties will not apply to the UK, decades of legislation will. It would probably take weeks for the UK parliamentary system working at the minimum time required to begin stripping that legislation and much of it does not just need to be removed, it needs to be replaced. So in a completely disorderly No Deal you could be in a situation where the UK still is tied up by UK law to act for all purposes as an EU member with no actual reciprocity to the UK by the other members since those relations were covered by the treaties. And then there may be bilateral treaties between the UK and individual members that interact or are based on the EU treaties which would also be in limbo. The Withdrawal Agreement probably covers for this discontinuity but absent the WA the UK would need to substitute it for their own legislation.

    So yes, the treaties cease to apply through Article 50. But what about EVERYTHING ELSE?
    Everything else doesn't matter. The UK can ratify everything they want into national law, they can be super compatible, what matters is what happens at the border. That's what the EU is about and where you feel you're "in" or "out" of the EU.

    Once the UK is out of the EU, EU certification ceases to be valid. That means no UK doctor is able to practice in the EU if their certification is in some way regulated by the EU. Even if they are still as qualified as any other doctor in the EU. They would have to reapply for EU certification if they previously were certified through UK authorities. That's the kind of deal we're speaking about.
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  15. #20875
    Quote Originally Posted by Slant View Post
    Everything else doesn't matter. The UK can ratify everything they want into national law, they can be super compatible, what matters is what happens at the border. That's what the EU is about and where you feel you're "in" or "out" of the EU.

    Once the UK is out of the EU, EU certification ceases to be valid. That means no UK doctor is able to practice in the EU if their certification is in some way regulated by the EU. Even if they are still as qualified as any other doctor in the EU. They would have to reapply for EU certification if they previously were certified through UK authorities. That's the kind of deal we're speaking about.
    I am not talking about actual interactions with the EU. Rather about the fact that if they don't actually legislate within their country, they will be bound by quite a few laws and won't be fully out, even with a No Deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nymrohd View Post
    I am not talking about actual interactions with the EU. Rather about the fact that if they don't actually legislate within their country, they will be bound by quite a few laws and won't be fully out, even with a No Deal.
    They'll only be bound by their national laws. Which may very well happen. But none of those have any validity in the EU. They're a sovereign nation, they can do whatever they like. As far as the EU is concerned, they may as well be Botswana.

    Edit: Correction, they're worse off than Botswana, because:

    https://www.export.gov/article?id=Bo...ade-agreements
    SADC – EU Economic Partnership Agreement
    Botswana has signed an interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). The EPA provides duty and quota free access on goods to the EU markets. Negotiations need to be completed on the treatment of services and new generation issues.
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  17. #20877
    Quote Originally Posted by Pann View Post
    The Sunday Times ran a piece that suggested that officials from certain EU member states had been meeting with Johnson's allies with a view as to what could be done to avoid no-deal.

    That's the $64,000 question!
    Well BoJo's first PMQ and has pretty much blown changes to the PD as an option, completely out of the water saying the backstop must go and talks reopened. Or at least it will be one hell of a flip flop to sell that changes to the PD are adequate enough to approve the WA.

    He's definitely setting up operation "EU Meanies" though for when they come back with "nu-uh".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slant View Post
    I mean, I'm with you... but a no conf doesn't matter. Time's running out. You think "Oh, it's almost August, we still got like three months!" but look at how good the UK is at using time to get stuff done. You don't have time for a no conf. I dare say you've already run out of time.

    See, the way you guys describe it, I'm thinking you either crash out, that's pretty much accomplished. Has been since three years ago. If you want anything else, you need to no conf, do a GE, then call a bloody referendum and then get Parliament to agree on... something other than no deal.

    I mean this in the most friendly way imaginable but... good luck. You're gonna need it even if all the stars align for you guys.
    That's definitely going to be the battleground for the GE if it happens. Referendum vs No Deal, other issues will be pretty meaningless because a BoJo Conservative Manifesto is going to be promising spending that would make Labour spending pledges look like Fiscal Conservatism.



    Quote Originally Posted by Slant View Post
    Truth be told? The reason why the EU is so happy to amend the PD is because that's a whole truckload of horse manure. Nobody gives a flying fuck about the PD. That's a PR piece of paper to sell the news agencies once everything is ratified. The most legal relevance it has is "help guide interpretations of the WA" in case of disputes. It's what lawyers refer to when they say things like "oh, so when you said backstop, you really meant it because in the PD you also talked about it!"

    It's not ever something that will be directly challenged in any court, because as a document itself, it has zero legal relevance.

    The backstop will go when the UK solves the puzzle of "close borders while keeping borders open". That this will be literally never is pretty clear to anyone who actually thinks about this for more than two seconds. This is why Brexiteers are so adamant about rejecting the WA. Because essentially, the WA would put Brexit on hold indefinitely. And May was too happy to have that happen, because if nothing else, the British like being weird in their ways... you'd have accepted this and in 5 years "it would've always been this way" and please, never change it, because that's how it's done etc.

    Nothing in the PD, no matter how much you rephrase it, will change any material thing that pisses Brexiteers off. Even discussing touching it is already a waste of time, if I'm absolutely blunt. The EU knows this. every politically interested person knows this. Brexiteers know this. And this is why the EU throws that into the ring every now and then and why Brexiteers routinely scoff at the idea.
    Well yes, and that's why it isn't just Brexiteers in Parliament that have rejected the Backstop 3 times.

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    Corbyn won't back a no confidence motion.

    Continuing to find new ways to prop up this Tory government.


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  19. #20879
    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Goblin View Post
    Corbyn won't back a no confidence motion.

    Continuing to find new ways to prop up this Tory government.
    Better to prop a Conservative Govt with a razor thin majority and a large bloc of discontents at odds with their leader than going into a GE that in all likelihood, he will probably lose.

    Brexiteers have never thought he was a Brexiteer so Labour risk losing Brexity marginals to UKIP/Con and Remainers don't believe he will actually give them a second ref because the last time we heard about the official Labour policy it was "to hold a ref on any Tory negotiated agreement" which means if he won a GE, he wouldn't back a second ref.

    I don't think Corbyn's statement today marks a change in that so he's going to need time to undo "Constructive Ambiguity", the most stupid political strategy anyone has ever seen on a given issue.

  20. #20880
    Quote Originally Posted by Kronik85 View Post
    Better to prop a Conservative Govt with a razor thin majority and a large bloc of discontents at odds with their leader than going into a GE that in all likelihood, he will probably lose.
    "Better" for Corbyn's Labour, absolutely not better for the country.

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