Brexit – trick or treat
Does it feel like it’s all gone quiet on Brexit? Is that a relief? Sorry to shatter the peace – but it is just a hiatus and the pressure will start to build again soon.
The Parliamentary recess over Easter and the second extension of the end-date under Article 50, this time until 31 October 2019, have taken Brexit out of the headlines. This is only temporary – and nothing has really changed.
The only matter that MPs were able to agree on in the indicative votes was that they preferred not to leave the EU without a deal. There is still the fundamental issue that there does not appear to be a deal that will command the support of a majority.
The Government’s preferred deal – the Withdrawal Agreement and the political declaration that they have “agreed” with the EU and which the EU says is the only deal available – has already been voted down three times.
We are left with no current way forward. Nothing has changed except for the postponement of the date when we will leave without a deal (if nothing else is agreed) until Halloween.
And there is now the requirement for us to hold elections for the European Parliament.
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