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Delivering his statement just now, Lidington further told MPs:
The second document is a joint statement supplementing the political declaration, which outlines a number of commitments by the United Kingdom and the European Union to enhance and expedite the process of negotiating and bringing into force the future relationship – for example, it makes reference to the possibility of provisional application of such future agreement – and it sets out in detail how the specific negotiating track on alternative arrangements will operate.
Negotiations are continuing and the government will provide an update to the House at the earliest opportunity should there be further changes.
originally posted by: Freeborn
a reply to: Cassi3l
Got to agree, that's a particularly eloquent piece of rhetoric with some impressive words and phrases but all fluff and absolutely nothing of substance.
Anyone who thinks this is going to end up as anything other than a massive sell-out and something that is in fact the worst of both worlds heavily weighted in the EU's favour must be either incredibly naïve or delusional, or both.
originally posted by: justwokeup
May is a Remainer, leading a cabinet with Remainers selected for the top jobs being advised by a civil service that wants above all to remain. The majority of Tories in parliament wants remain. The opposition wants to Remain. The state broadcaster wants to Remain.
It'll be Mays 'surrender and pay to be trapped in purgatory' deal, or an extension and another ref.
If we get a proper leave it'll be pure miscalculation on all sides. Regardless faith in British democracy lies in ruin.
...Third, alongside the joint instrument on the withdrawal agreement, the United Kingdom government will make a unilateral declaration that, if the backstop comes into use and discussions on our future relationship break down so that there is no prospect of subsequent agreement, it is the position of the United Kingdom that there would be nothing to prevent the UK instigating measures that would ultimately disapply the backstop....
“I’m struck, as the British parliament moves towards the endgame on Brexit, with the number of times Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and India have been advanced by the Brexiteers in the public debate as magical alternatives to Britain’s current trade and investment relationship with the European Union,” he wrote. Think the Commonwealth can save Brexit Britain? That’s an utter delusion “This is the nuttiest of the many nutty arguments that have emerged from the Land of Hope and Glory set now masquerading as the authentic standard-bearers of British patriotism. It’s utter bollocks.” Of the prospect of a free trade deal with Delhi, he writes: “As for India, good luck!”
Over 275 financial firms are moving a combined $1.2 trillion in assets and funds and thousands of staff from Britain to the European Union in readiness for Brexit at a cost of up to $4 billion.
originally posted by: Soloprotocol
We don't need permission from May to hold a referendum.