A BAND-AID FOR A CORPSE

Mrs May jets off to see unelected undertaker, returns with sticking plaster for a cadaver

All the documents and statements, plus the Brexit Facts4EU.Org analysis

May and Juncker

© EU Commission

We have studied the documents issued in Strasbourg, Brussels and London at around 10pm yesterday evening. Our opinion is that nothing fundamental has changed, which was always the expected outcome.

The deal is still a corpse, only now it has had a sticking plaster applied to it.

Basic facts and documents

As a result of the continued discussions over the past few months, there have been no changes to the Withdrawal Agreement itself. This contravenes the so-called ‘Brady Amendment’ which was approved by the Commons two weeks ago and which asked for ‘alternative arrangements’.

Unelected EU bureaucrat Jean-Claude Juncker said last night:

“The Instrument which sets out these details has legal force while fully respecting the Guidelines the European Council has unanimously agreed. It complements the Withdrawal Agreement without reopening it.

Bizarrely he then dictated to the UK Parliament and to the British people :

“Let us be crystal clear about the choice: it is this deal or Brexit might not happen at all.”

There will be a further document in the form of a unilateral declaration by the UK. At the time of writing this has not yet been published, but by virtue of it being unilateral it is not something agreed to by the EU. It will not be part of the legal text of the agreement.

Observations

At the time of writing (03.30am, Tues 12 Mar 2019) no official legal opinions have been published, neither by the Attorney General Geoffrey ‘Codpiece’ Cox QC MP, nor by the ‘Star Chamber’ of the ERG’s lawyers

Frankly we don’t need to see them after what we have read. Mrs May’s deal was a plague-ridden corpse last year and no amount of nursing care was ever going to turn it into a vibrant, living, Brexit entity.

There was never a hope that this would work

It has always been the Brexit Facts4EU.Org position that all the fundamentals of this negotiation were wrong from the moment of the Government’s first capitulation in early 2017.

It was then that they accepted the EU’s bizarre sequencing of what could be discussed, and it was then that they agreed that all talks would take place in the opponent’s headquarters.

It was all downhill from there.

The sticking plaster on the cadaver

This day and the coming two days will be of great interest to all who follow politics closely. The machinations in Parliament will be pored over endlessly by the media, and by the commentariat.

We would simply remark that the British people voted to leave the EU.

Under no circumstances will this happen on 29 March. And THAT is actually the key issue here.

[ Sources : EU Commission | UK Government ]

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Tues 12 Mar 2019

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