David Woods

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Brexit – trick or treat

Brexit / 29 April 2019

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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