Brexit

EU Votes For Another Brexit Delay But There May Not Be One

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

By an overwhelming margin of 544 to 126, European parliamentarians have voted to approve another extension of Britain's schedule to exit the European Union in a "Brexit," but that doesn't necessarily mean there will be another extension.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson still has to request an extension and, at least for the moment, he does not appear to be any closer to doing that.

But while Johnson is not any closer to asking for a delay, he's also not any closer to actually making any formal proposals for a new, theoretical Brexit deal. Sources from the EU and British government say Johnsons's regime is not even expected to present any plans this month.

EU leaders will meet for a make-or-break summit in Brussels on Oct. 17-18, just a fortnight before Brexit is due to materialise more than three years after Britons voted to leave. [...]

Britain is not likely to present a complete set of detailed, written proposals of how it would want the text of the existing - but stalled - Brexit deal changed before the end of the month, UK and EU sources said.

“If that is the case, the summit will end with nothing,” an EU diplomat dealing with Brexit in Brussels said. “If there is to be a deal, it must be prepared to a large extent in advance. It is too technical to leave to the leaders at the last minute.”

Even if the Johnson regime does submit written proposals later this month or early next month, I'm skeptical that they will be substantive, practical, or significantly different from what came before.

I mean, what could they possibly propose that wasn't already proposed by former Prime Minister Theresa May at some point in the previous two years? Are we to except that Boris Johnson and his clownshow ministers are going to pull a rabbit out of the hat?

It's not as if the idiots and yes-men that surround Boris Johnson have distinct knowledge or the know-how to solve a problem that no one else in either Britain or the rest of the European Union have been able to solve. There's no there, there. There's no magical deal lying in wait.

Boris Johnson recently said he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask the European Union for another extension, but if he doesn't it will be the United Kingdom that's dead in a ditch.

  • Draxiar

    The UK should rub the EU’s feet for being hyper reasonable about all of this. I wonder if they’re hoping the UK will change gears and remain- despite BoJo and his buffoonery.

  • muselet

    Roughly 82% of MEPs want to give the UK more time to square the Brexit circle.

    Fair enough. The EU wants to continue close trade—and political—ties with the UK.

    Xavier Bettel said he would oppose a delay for the sake of a delay.

    Also fair. A delay has to serve a purpose, to give both sides a chance to iron out differences.

    Boris Johnson refuses to either negotiate in good faith or ask for another delay, and has prorogued Parliament to prevent debate on Brexit; further, his government is looking for any way it can to avoid following the recently-passed law requiring it to request another delay.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. The UK needs the EU far more than the other way around.

    At the risk of repeating myself yet again, if the Conservatives weren’t pants-peeing terrified of losing a handful of seats to the barking lunatics of UKIP and the Brexit Party, none of this would be happening.

    –alopecia

    • Spot on.

      And it never would have started if they hadn’t been so fucking greedy in the first place. I’m sick and tired of the rich people being horrified at the possibility of losing some of their multi- BILLIONS of dollars/pounds. The amount they could throw away without noticing would feed and clothe the entire bloody world.